At the start of their venture, Visco is working his beer magic only part time while he continues his regular hedge fund job to make sure he can pay his bills. Eventually, he says, the goal is for him to become a full-time brewmaster for Shebeen.
As far as Visco is concerned, the timing of opening this microbrewery couldn't be better given the growing demand for local, artisanal brew.
"If I'd opened up 17 years ago as [originally] planned, I probably would have failed," he admits.
Now, he says, "It's kind of like a collective wave is happening" in Connecticut, and it's being pushed along by beer lovers in their 20's and 30's who want to try new and interesting brews being made locally by people who care about their craft.
Visco is glad to see so many new breweries opening up in Connecticut, but knows not all are going to make it. He says some of these new operations have Wall Street kind of money behind them, and that brings heavy pressure to make profits. Others just aren't producing very good beer, according to Visco.
Turner agrees that rising demand among consumers looking for good, local, artisanal brew is behind this growth spurt for Connecticut breweries.
He says younger beer drinkers want brewers "who take pride in their product, who aren't in it just for the buck." He says part of the attraction for lots of people is getting to know their local brewer in person. "With those big international breweries, you're not going to meet the guy making the beer."
Turner, who has a full-time job as a member of Connecticut's Air National Guard, thinks this boom in new breweries will help generate new customers for everybody.
Loomis is on board. The more breweries that open up, he argues, "the more awareness, the more interest, and the more people jumping on board there will be."