Reset - for a reason
Adam grew up in Kansas city, but with a goal to live near the mountains and water he later escaped the flat lands of his childhood city and moved to Colorado. Today he lives just five minutes from the trails and can be outdoors all year around. Adam is the executive chef of the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent craft brewers across the US and spends a lot of his working time cooking outside.
It always works. It’s an absolute reset button. I’m standing here with my Klunken full of coffee, looking out over the river and my two dogs playing around. A brief moment in nature that puts things like work, stress and life in perspective – none of it is longer a big deal, it’s all fine. It’s early in the morning and we just arrived, but nature has already done actual wonders. Reset and relax.
The dogs are as excited as I am, standing in front of this river we’re about to jump into. It’s free flowing so either you go or you don’t - a kick I really enjoy. I’m packing the last stuff in the raft, the dogs has their life vests on and I have almost finished my coffee. I really appreciate the vacuum insulated Klunken as it’s quite large and keeps my coffee warm for longer - small cups of coffee just run out so fast.
Even if we’ve been on this river before, the water is always different. The weather is always different. It’s that constant challenge of figuring things out and where I get to push myself that keeps pulling me back out here. Specially because it’s all about how hard I want to push it, no one else is telling me how to do it. Except from when nature throws some unpredictable weather at you, then you just have to go with it. You can’t get mad at it, you can’t control it and you just have to adapt. A learning one should really apply to other things in life as well.
Back on calm waters the dogs jump in. They have both figured out that the life vests makes them float. Initially they do their little paddle thing, but once they realize their life vests are on they go stiff-arm and just float around. It’s hilarious. After a while they come swimming in for their lunch while I heat up my roasted vegetable and grilled chicken sandwich on the griddle plate of my Tupike Stove. I like to prep ahead, but I almost always bring a stove to heat up the meal outside. To give a sandwich a nice crust and melted cheese. Or when I eat a burrito I just melt cheese directly on the griddle plate and pour it over the burrito. The food is almost as important as the activity itself. Just stopping for an energy bar is not doing it for me.
- Adam Duyle
Executive chef of the Brewers Association, North America