It was his dream to make alcohol like the winemakers of California’s Sonoma Valley, and one day, Brett Tieman of 23 Brewing Company finally got the chance — but in Taiwan
Date: Jan 30, 2016
By: Dana Ter / Staff reporter
While touring California’s Sonoma Valley years ago, Brett Tieman felt a
mix of envy and reverence for the vineyard owners.
“Their job is to make alcohol. That’s just crazy,” Tieman says.
Tieman says this while taking a swig of his brewery’s citrusy IPA at the Corner Office near Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. Just a couple of days ago, he was overseeing the entire operation from milling to fermentation at his contract brewery in Hsinchu.
When Tieman first visited Taiwan in 2003, he remembers drinking mainly Taiwan Beer, Heineken and Carlsberg. He said it was disappointing since he considers himself to be the type of traveler who prefers to visit restaurants and bars rather than museums. Despite this, however, he fell in love with Taiwan during several short trips here with his wife. Eventually, the couple decided to uproot from New York. [FULL STORY]