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Sunday, September 20, 2009

High School Dropout Sells Brewery for $400 Million

Here is another great motivational story about a high school dropout and ex Mcdonlads employee who went on to re-establish his family history of brewing and made it HUGE!

Born in Toronto and raised in Ottawa, John Sleeman spent his early adulthood completely oblivious to his family's brewing history; his father was an executive for Bell Canada, didn't drink, and their family history was rarely discussed.

At 16 John left school and his home in Ottawa to work at McDonalds. Despite his beer-less upbringing, John's life path was destined to include good brew. After getting married in England, he and his wife returned to Canada to open their own English pub stocked with authentic English beers.

Soon after, the two of them went into business with his wife's father to bring beer from around the world to Canada under the name Imported Beer Co.

After a few years in the business and a visit from his Aunt Florian - armed with an historic Sleeman bottle and the words, "'s time you found out about your heritage," - and an empire was on its way to being reborn.


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