For Episode 1, Mischa Smith interviews his co-host Alex Violette to kick things off! They discuss Alex's craft beer journey and how it took him from Tennessee to Colorado to Vietnam! They also debut the much-loved "Fact or Fiction" segment to close things out. Please enjoy this preview to Beer Stories Episode 1. Cheers!
my guest today is my boss, Alex violet CEO. Co-founder brewmaster pastor street, Berman company. Hi. I Misha. What like sparked your desire to start making beer? Was there something else that led to that. Yeah.Alex Violette:
So, I mean, it, it exposed me to the idea that that's something that you could do. And then the minimum drinking age of the United States really inspired me to start making beer because we quickly realized that you, you could buy barley and hops and yeast at any age. And then you could just make beer yourself. I never really had one specific beer mentor, but it's definitely the, the entire journey has been heavily influenced by the people that I've been working with at each each step along the way. you know, following their passions and, you know, taking out, uh, taking a big risk with their money or taking a second mortgage on their house to invest in this business. Seeing that at a young age, I was just like, man, I can't even imagine having a house. What alone? Gambling it on this business, working like I've been brewing beer for what, like two years.Mischa Smith:
we started in 2015 seven years later, more than 60 local craft breweries in Vietnam. do you ever think about what your role was in, building that scene and kind of your legacy in the Vietnam craft beer industry? You genuinely enjoyed the du and beer that you madeAlex Violette:
it just haunted me ever since we um, we had a keg of IPA, and we have a customer say, I think this, this IPA taste funny and I smell it and I'm just like, oh shit. The, the smells like Dian. And it turns out that any keg that we had, the Dian beer in had to be removed from service. It just, it stuck there.