This was during the peak of the housing boom. Miller, who had taken up real estate just about when the market began to take off in 2002 ("I was like, man, this is easy."), had little time then to pursue his beer brand-revival dream. But he nurtured it with things like the story of Mark Hellendrung's revival of the Narragansett brand in New England. He says he saw an article about that in 2007. "It was like, 'that's what I want to do,'" says Miller. He told his parents and his wife, who all told him he was crazy, he says. Then the real-estate market crashed, and Miller was suddenly working much harder for fewer commissions.