Sad news this morning. Our friend Kyle Trammel who had gone missing this time last week, was found dead Thursday night in a remote area near Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada. According to South Salt Lake police a passer by saw his black 2007 Subaru Legacy late at night and called it in to the White Pine County, Nev., Sheriff's Office. Kyle was located the next morning, police don't believe foul play was a factor.
Kyle is a local guy who got into craft beer early in his life, working at the Beer Nut for many years before moving on to professional brewing jobs at RedRock and Bohemian Breweries. After years of learning the brewing trade here in Utah, Kyle made a move to Victoria, Australia where he took on the job as head brewer at Southern Bay Brewing located on the southern most tip of the continent. After nearly a year of making beer in Victoria, a new opportunity brought Kyle back to the states, to oversee and advise in the creation of Salt lake City's Beer Bar. His knowledge brought high standards and opened up a new pipeline for northwestern beer coming into the state. After Kyle's contract with the Beer Bar ended he started up his Beer Consulting business which aimed at helping bars, restaurants and start-up breweries become more beer proficient in regards to how they presented and sold beer. His next gig came soon after - helping to lay the groundwork for Ogden's first craft beer bar, the Barrelhouse. He was still under contract there until his disappearance.
This is a tiny representation of the guy I knew, there are many pages to be written in his book, I'm glad I have the honor to contribute a few paragraphs. This is all quite senseless. This is a tragedy that didn't need to happen. Looking at the outpouring of concern from various broadcast and social media outlets, Kyle had far too many close friends and family members to confide in. If suicide is on your mind, perceived embarrassment or weakness should not be preventing you from getting help. Had one person known of Kyle's state of mind days before, this tragedy may have never occurred.
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Photo Credit: (right) SLUG Magazine and Chad Kirkland - (Probably my favorite photo of Kyle)