Brewmaster Chris Tkach at Idle Hands Craft Ales

Chris Tkach

Chris Tkach left a well paying job in IT to pursue his dream to brew beer. He is now brewmaster at Idle Hands Craft Ales. We chat about the struggles of starting a brewery and I learn a little about making beer.

Below is a summary of his interview:


Believe in Yourself and believe in what you are doing. Everything else will work itself out.

The Journey

Chris chats about growing up in a traditional family, having a long career in IT then his turn to brewmaster at Idle Hands Craft Ales

Low Point

Chris discusses the difficulties of having no income and starting his brewery

Aha Moment

Chris talks about the faithful day he stumbled upon a brewery in Maine.

Chris’s work at Idle Hands  

We delve deep into how they make their beer.

What’s exciting Chris now

We chat about some upcoming flavors from Idle Hands Craft Ales.

Lightning Round

Book Chris RecommendsQuiet

Helpful Internet Resource: Pro Brewer

Someone who helped him along the way: Chris’s wife Grace, supporter and sounding board

What’s Your Purpose: For Chris, it’s all about the journey

Where to find Chris

Idle Hands Craft Ales Website

Twitter: @idlehandsbeer

Let Chris know how much you enjoyed this interview.

Parting Words

Follow Your Heart

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Derrick Duplessy

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Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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