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Chris Ericson was on track to be an accountant but his career took a dramatic turn — before he even entered business school.

A former girlfriend bought him a home-brewing kit as a graduation present. At the time, he was taking a year off to bone up on business and economics before heading off to Northwestern business school.

That hobby in brewing soon turned into a career and today, he’s the owner and brewmaster at the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, home of the famous Ubu Ale, in Lake Placid, NY.

Of course, the coolest part of his job is that he gets to travel around to beer festivals and pubs doing “market research.”

He doesn't make as much as his friends who work on Wall Street but they still think he's got the coolest job.

“You clearly have won!” one college friend said to him.

Photo courtesy of Lake Placid Pub & Brewery