I first met Tom, when he sponsored me to bring my dirndls down to Atlanta, GA for a Rare Dirndl Fashion Show, TV appearance and to be a vendor at the Atlanta Beerfest. Since then he has been busy with his newest business venture- Fannin Brewing Company.
|The Rare Dirndl Team and Tom on Better Mornings Atlanta in 2011|
When we met he was heading up German Kino Plus, a cable network targeted to Germans living in the United States. He travelled to Germany frequently to buy movies. He was wise enough to plan some of those trips in October, so he could spend his evenings in Munich’s biergartens. While do this he was growing grapes to make his own wine.
With the wine aging in bottles, he now sat at the communal table in the Augustiner BierGarten. Lifting his stein and listening to the oompah bands, he daydreamed – “What else can I sell to Germans in the US?” Pickles. Bread. Beer! The seeds for Fannin Brewing Company were formed.
Tom chose Fannin County in GA to start his business for two simple reasons: Fresh air and fresh water make for fresh beer. He hooked up with Pat Walker at Blue Ridge Brewery, who was also planning to produce his own brews. Tom bought the equipment, Pat built the space, and they began selling their first beers in October 2012.
|The Rare Dirndl Team and Tom after the Fashion Show at the Biergarten|
|A snapshot of Helen, GA|