May 28, 2021
In this wide-ranging
conversation with entrepreneur and ginger beer philosopher Kenny
Richards, some of the topics we discuss include:
- How Kenny left behind a career in academia to
resurrect one of America’s most beloved, and yet also most
forgotten drinks categories.
- What it’s like to scale a brewery from a few
barrels to a much more ambitious craft operation, and what
implications that has on ingredients, people, and
- We taste through 4 popular (and very different)
expressions of Halyard’s ginger beers, beginning with Nicole’s
Extra, followed by Volcano Juice, The Breeze, and Mountain
- We talk about the best ways to use alcoholic
ginger beer in cocktails, and especially the numerous opportunities
there are to innovate within the buck/mule category.
- We discuss what it means to become, be, and
remain authentic in the age of peak Hazy IPAs, glitter beer, and
- We cover why Vermonters are constantly stuffing
beers in their pockets, the aesthetics of a perfect moonrise, what
to drink with Enlightenment philosopher Baruch Spinoza,
- And much, much more.
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