We had the good fortune of connecting with Todd DiMatteo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Todd, why did you pursue a creative career?
I played in bands for a little over 10years. I wrote lots of songs and had the opportunity to play a few shows every month and record some music with some great folks. It was a great outlet for me for a long time. When I became a father I felt like the clock was winding down on how serious I could take the music, and also how much time i could devote to it. Before long my wife and I had baby number 2 on the way, and I knew it was time to dig into a different career path. I decided to go from bartending to joining the management at Brick Store Pub. As a manager I didn’t have an obvious outlet to be creative; and soon turned to Homebrewing. This certainly scratch that creative itch.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the brewer and one of the owners at Good Word Brewing & Public House. I also produce content and curate our social media.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I lived in Decatur for a long time and one of my favorite places is Kimball House. Now that I live in the Duluth/Suwanee area I frequent places closer. Some of my favorites include Masterpiece, Nur, Sushi & Co, Noona, and Falling Rabbit.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife Rhonda DiMatteo. She’s an art gallery director, has a side business selling Turkish rugs, and helps manage our home and family. She allowed me the opportunity to make less as an earner and take a risk opening my own business.
All photos taken by Henri Hollis