EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — It doesn't take long to realize Dan Koppen isn't just using his celebrity name for a new business venture.
The two-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl player with the Patriots loves making beer and is involved in every step of the process at LineSider Brewing Co., which is set to open this weekend in East Greenwich.
"Co-owner, slash brewer, slash bartender slash cleaners, you have to know how everything works," Koppen said just days before the big launch.
Koppen played ten years in the NFL, nine with the Patriots and after a brief stint as a football analyst on TV he decided to pursue his passion for brewing beer. Koppen co-owns the brewery with friend Jeremy Ruff.
Thanks to former Patriot Dan Koppen @koppen67 for having me into his new brewery in East Greenwich today, @linesiderbrew. It opens this weekend. You get the tour tonight at 6 @wpri12 pic.twitter.com/IZ1vXKYsNL— Yianni Kourakis (@YianniKourakis) November 19, 2018
"Just home brewers that wanted to take it up a scale and find something to do with our next careers," Koppen said.
It's been a year and a half process but Koppen says they feel ready for the debut after a successful "soft launch" last weekend with family and friends.
Koppen said customers shouldn't be surprised if some of his famous friends stop by.
"You never know who will stop by," Koppen said.