Episode 11 - Raising the (Beer) Bar: Kate Lee of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Episode 11 - Raising the (Beer) Bar: Kate Lee of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

After our wine episode, we figured it was time to give Richmond beer its due, and what better place to start than one of the breweries that put the Richmond beer scene on the map? Kate Lee, Vice President of Operations and Quality at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, is the woman in charge of just about everything that goes into making Hardywood beer: quality testing of everything, from the ingredients to the final product; plus all the less exciting but extremely crucial stuff like sanitation, good manufacturing practices, compliance with government standards—the list goes on. A food scientist who worked for Anheuser-Busch for over a decade before coming to Hardywood, Kate spent an afternoon chatting with us about the Richmond beer scene, Gingerbread Stout, the growth of Hardywood, her obsession with fermentation, her favorite beers around town, and her son named Porter (that’s how much she loves beer).

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