Brian Titus

President Garrison Brewing Company
TurningPoint: Meeting two former lawyers that started a craft brewery.

imgBrian Titus used to diffuse underwater bombs for a living.  A little dangerous?  Sure. But the former Navy lieutenant and self professed risk taker says the work prepared him for his next venture in life; starting his own business.

His turning point came while watching a television show about two brothers in Fredericton, New Brunswick who had given up law careers to start their own craft brewery.  Brian always had a taste for unique beers and he was intrigued.  He drove to Fredericton the next day to talk to them. “As I drove back to Halifax that night I was writing my business plan in my head.”

The first few years were filled with long hours and hard, back breaking work. “There were times when I would sleep at the Brewery.  I delivered every keg of beer that I had cleaned.  I did the sales, the installation of the equipment, and all the invoicing and paperwork.” He also had to work with the provincial government and a lawyer to change the rules so he could sell his beer.  Now Garrison Brewing Company is thriving with a great waterfront location in downtown Halifax offering thirteen different beers and seasonal specialties.

Titus encourages everyone to go after their career goals but cautions that you need to go into business with your eyes open.  “The first step is selling yourself and being realistic to see if you have what it takes.  The second step is selling everyone around you so they become believers too.”

From bombs to beer.  Now that’s what I call a turning point.