Written by Jason Gilmer | Photos by Anthony Harden
Appalachian Mountain Brewery Is a Family Business with Much Bigger Resources
Chris Zieber sat in his apartment overlooking the Mediterranean Sea when he received the Skype call that changed his career path. Zieber, who was working in Spain as an English Second Language instructor, had just returned from the beach when his cousin, Nathan Kelischek, called.
Zieber was living in Mallorca, in the town of Porto Colom, where he moved in 2011 after his college years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He didn’t know the reason for the chat, but news traveled quickly across their internet connection: Kelischek wanted to open a brewery in Boone. The venture, something the cousins had talked about months earlier, was finally coming to fruition.
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