Two epiphanies changed everything.
Before them, I was a wine guy. I had an internship lined up at a California winery, and plans for a career in juice on the west coast. Life had other plans—and lucky for me, because that was when I met my beautiful wife.
Before them, I thought mega-brewery light lagers were all beer was.
Before them, I thought beer was about image, not what was in the bottle.
After I tried my first craft beer, everything changed. Discovering that beer could have big taste—extravagant taste, even—was the first holy sh*t moment for me. My wife and I learned to home-brew in our basement in Atlanta and dreamed of one day opening a brewery while we worked our “real” jobs.
The Great Recession showed us just how “real” a job in finance was and sent us and our three daughters back to the family farm in Kansas, where my partner came on board and we started growing grain for a local craft distillery.
The second epiphany was a slow one to sink in,and came at just the right time. Beer isn’t about image. It’s about what’s in the glass. It’s about craftsmanship, about authenticity, about excellence. And for our beers, it’s about sustainable, delicious, local wheats and barleys grown on our own farm, where excellence matters most.
We’ve been working non-stop to realize our vision of Fields & Ivy at 706 E 23rdStreet in LFK. The old hardware store and lumberyard hasn’t been an easy transformation, but before too long, it’s going to be a 5,000 square-foot, steam-powered production brewery, 130-seat pizza restaurant, and live music venue.
We think it’s the perfect place to brew our flagship pilsner, using authentic heirloom Silver Mine corn developed by Ernest W. Young in 1907, right here in Lawrence.
Kansas has long been the bread basket of America, and we think it can be the beer barrel too.
So join us for a pint at Fields & Ivy, and experience the epiphany of beer with roots.
About the Brewery:
Fields & Ivy is a farm-to-table brewery located at 706 E 23rdSt in Lawrence, Kansas.
Proudly featuring a 5,000 square-foot production brewery, Fields & Ivy can produce 15,600 barrels of local suds a year, with initial distribution in Kansas and expansion into Missouri. Our 3,750 square-foot taproom and restaurant serves up pizza, apps, sandwiches and garden-fresh salads as memorable as the beer, and the outdoor green space hosts everything from yard games to live music.
Our grains are grown locally by Great Plains Custom Grain and custom-malted for a uniquely Kansan drinking experience. Take a few cans home today and enjoy the flavor of the Heartland in an environmentally-friendly, portable package!
Fields & Ivy: Beer With Roots.