BANKER TURNED BREWER
I spent many years of my life toiling in investment banking. Mostly in America where I worked my way up. I advanced my career on Wall Street working at the largest banks in the world and then decided, purely by choice and out of a thirst for adventure, to move with my family to Vienna in 2011. I came here working at one of Austria’s largest banks. Then, when I turned 40, I realized that I had quite enough of big banks, small banks, good banks, bad banks, banks “too big to fail”, banks “just the perfect size to fail” … all banks! … I had enough of it! In America, in Austria … anywhere.
I was always an entrepreneur in my heart and I had a long suppressed passion to build my own business from the ground up. So that is exactly what I set out to do here in Austria and now I’m really having a barrel of fun. After brewing beer for over a decade as a hobby and as my passion, first back in Chicago, then in Vienna, I have now established my own brewing company – NON GRATA. It is dedicated to those who follow their passion and are unafraid to stand up for what they believe in, no matter the consequences.
I am starting NON GRATA like a seed of barley sown in the fertile Austrian fields. Starting small and with the work of my own hands and my passion, dedication and craftsmanship I want to reap and share with you the fruit of my endeavors: legendary quality artisanal beer from Austria! I simply want to make special beers, that mark special moments in our lives. I want you to remember where you were, when drinking my beer, a decade later. I want to change people’s perception of beer forever. I would love to see you become a part of it all!
Brewer / Banker / American