Inky Beer Factoid: August 25

On this day in 1980, the creator of Inky Beer, Kim Collins, was born. Kim grew up in the Northwestern Chicago Suburbs and lived in Bloomington, IN while attending college at Indiana University. Thanks to the IU Women’s Rugby Club, Kim met friends who would open her beer palate from drinking Natty Light to Red Hook to Newcastle to local craft beer at Upland Brewing.


This photo was taken when Kim was a little over a year old, while visiting family in Massachusetts. The can was given to her by her Uncle John, of whom Kim is sure would be proud of her brewing accomplishments today.

While visiting her family back in Chicago over winter break, she fell in love with New Glarus Brewing Company and later sour beer. Kim began homebrewing 6 years ago and decided in the summer of 2012, she would quit her career as an outdoor programmer and become a professional brewer. She moved to Colorado and brewed for Tommyknocker Brewing and Boulder Beer to date. Where will Kim brew next? As said by Steve Jobs:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”


Thank you to all of those that have supported me (in SO many ways ) over the past 33 years. I love you all very much and am grateful to be where I am in my life this year. (It’s been one hell of a year!)


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