incredibly...my friend saw him this past saturday and they spoke for some time...to think that only 4 days later he is gone is awful.He had basketball tickets near us, and I had seen him a few times at games before Xmas. That was fast.
yeah his son was in my grade and we played ball and had summer lifting together most years. haven't really talked since and didn't really know Dan by name the times I would be there so never put two and two together.. but this sucks as Dan was always great during the Ale Olympics. he will definitely be missed in the biking and craft beer community.This is a huge bummer. Dan was a great guy. I grew up with his son in Ankeny, and got to have several chats with Dan at the brewery and on bike rides. He was quirky and very clever and always a joy to chat with
I hate to ask the question, but it is kind of the elephant in the room.The Register story from this afternoon:
This is actually the point where I met Dan. I was working behind the bar at el Bait Shop at the time and he came in with a group of people celebrating his "retirement". I got off my shift, sat down with him and talked about his passion about starting a brewery and what he wanted to do with it.used to work at the same company with Dan in Des Moines many years ago. He left a very lucrative position to chase his passion - which became Firetrucker. Haven't talked to him for several years but he was a great guy. Such crappy news.