Last night we attended the Chamber of Commerce Centralia/Chehalis Dinner where they awarded Dick the Business of the Year Award for Dick's Brewing Co. & Northwest Sausage & Deli.
The following was the synopsis taken from the dinner program:
"With the Motto, 'work hard and play harder,' Dick Young built more than a brewery. That philosophy also carried over to how he skied, drove his boat and rode his Harley. Known for his work ethic, love of nature and sense of humor, Dick "Danger" Young passed away suddenly last year, but his businesses, Dick's Brewing Company and N.W. Sausage & Deli, live on. Dick Young brewed his first batch of beer at home in 1984. Around the same time, he sold brewing supplies at N.W. Sausage and Deli and made beer in the back when he wasn't busy. After about 8 years, Dick had to decide whether to quit or make it legal. It took two years of slashing through the red tape before Dick started brewing for real in 1990. His favorite brew was his namesake Dick Danger Ale. Dick Young will always be known for his beer, but we should also reflect on his vision and entrepreneurial spirit that made him a successful business owner and northwest icon. Tonight we are proud to honor Dick Young, his family and his legacy."