In December 2000, my stepdaughter seemed quite pleased with the second-hand malt mill that I had just purchased for Sisson's Restaurant & Brewery.
Over a decade earlier, Sisson's (then in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland) had made beer history when it became the first brewpub to operate in the state of Maryland. In fact, in 1989, it was the first brewpub in all of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Its then brewer and co-owner, Hugh Sisson, is now better known as the founder and president of the Heavy Seas Brewing Company, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Beer history footnote: The mill was sold to Sisson's by John Mallett, who upon leaving northern Virginia's Old Dominion Brewing Company, ran his own brewery consultation company, called SAAZ. Mallett is now better known as the Director of Operations for Bell's Brewing, of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Sisson's no longer exists. Dominion has been sold and moved to Delaware. That young lady above is now a teenager. Life goes on.