If your family is anything like ours, every January is a time for stepping out into the greatness of the resolutions that we have all made. As the new year begins, we reflect on who we are, what we want to be, and the ever-becoming story that we are all creating together. It might sound a little old-fashioned, but we believe in the importance of being the best that you can be, for yourself, and in your community and family.
We probably got it from our great-great-grandfather.
He was incredibly intentional about his family in the present, and how his life and his work would shape their lives in the future. He even wrote his own memoirs that he dedicated to his children’s children and their children too. That’s us and our favorite quote from the introduction to those memoirs just happens to be our New Year’s resolution for 2018.
“Hold together in life… this brings happiness.”
Now more than ever, those words that he wrote a little over a century ago are a refreshing reminder of what truly matters most. We owe a lot to our great-great-grandfather. In 1869, he opened the doors for his own brewing company in Alexandria: The Robert Portner Brewing Company (also known as the Tivoli Brewery). Of course, the State of Virginia passed Prohibition in 1916, and the brewery closed a few months later that year. But his life and his dedication to his family, opened the door for us to write our own chapter in this story.
Re-established in 2012, our Portner Brewhouse is a blend of this past and our present that your whole family can experience. You can find the past adorning the walls of our restaurant brewery with Portner artifacts like beer bottles, steins, and advertising posters. We’ve even reconstructed 150-year-old original beer recipes, including the flagship Hofbrau pilsner, from the Robert Portner Brewing Company. The present and the future is found in our Craft Beer Test Kitchen.
Our great-great-grandfather, Robert Portner gave us so much more than just his name. We inherited his spirit and we’re grateful to be able to share it with you and your family too.
– Catherine and Margaret