Right Mind Brewing was an idea that began with casual conversation. Frank Perkovich, owner of several successful businesses in Blacksburg, always knew he wanted to open a brewery. He knew Blacksburg, being the fast growing beer community it is, was a perfect home for a brewery. The problem was always when, where, and with whom. In 2014, Frank decided it was time to move his first restaurant, Lefty’s Main St. Grille, to a bigger location. Frank, a “lefty,” is generally convinced he’s in his right mind. Others are dubious. Nevertheless, with more space, Frank’s ruminations about a brewery accelerated. Right Mind Brewing was no longer a vague notion. Now the question of “with whom?”
Enter Evan Graham. Evan graduated from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He began brewing that fall on a stove top setup with extract and steeping grains that his roommate brought home unexpectedly one day. His hobby quickly turned to downright obsession. In 2010, an opportunity arose for an unpaid internship at Morgantown Brewing Co. in Morgantown, West Virginia. Before too long, Blacksburg’s charm would draw him back to live in the area. After working as a bartender for a few months, a brewery job presented itself at Parkway Brewing in Salem, VA. Parkway Brewing was an invaluable skill building opportunity, and was pivotal in Evan’s transition from home brewer to professional brewer. Evan now had his sights on creating and making his own product. Timing is everything. Enter Right Mind Brewing.