I've been very humbled by all the responses I've received from everyone over the past 14 months or so. It's been overwhelming, in a good way and as we get closer and closer to launch, the number of correspondences I receive seems to be going up exponentially. I just wanted to say to anyone who contacts me through the blog contact form (which sends me an email immediately), Facebook, or Twitter that I read absolutely everything. I TRY to get back with everyone as soon as I read the message, but sometimes I don't. If I don't, that usually means I have something else I have to tend to (like two children fighting over Legos). Consequently, if I don't get back immediately, there's usually a delay as my attention gets drawn in a million different directions it seems. So please don't be offended if you contact me and I don't get back to you immediately. I promise I will. If I don't get back to you in say... a week or so, then feel free to contact me again.
The one exception to all of this is salespeople. While I appreciate and understand the need to find new customers, please, please only contact me once. If I'm interested, I'll get back with you. If I'm not, I won't. And the easiest way to ensure that I won't buy your products or services is to repeatedly contact me. I promise that I read your correspondence the first time. I disdain pushy salespeople and you won't get the response you want from me. Trust me on this. The normal aggressive sales rules to not apply with me. Seriously. Don't. Fucking. Do. It. (Update 08/14/2013: No really, I'm not sure how much clearer I can be. You bug me more than once, you don't get the sales commission. Is that clearer?)
Enough of the negative stuff. Again, thanks for the really positive messages and such. I get contacted from people all over the country who are also interested in opening a brewery who tell me how much my efforts here are appreciated. It is these responses among other things that make me know I'm on the right track here.