Kate Russell

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I’m the owner/brewer/operations manager/jack-of-all-trades at Hopkinsville Brewing Company [in Hopkinsville, Ky.]. I fell into brewery ownership by accident; it was my now ex-husband’s project.

What’s new at Hopkinsville Brewing?

We released a new oatmeal stout, blonde ale, and barrel-aged Kentucky Common in December.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?

I love how supportive this community can be; the sense of camaraderie is amazing.

Name a favorite food and beer pairing.

I’m a huge fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream and a good stout.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

I’m pretty proud of running a small business and still managing to make it to all of my son’s baseball games.

What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?

I’m on a dark beer kick right now, so I’m loving Mantra’s Guru Gish Stout and Funky Buddha’s Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?

I went to Longmont, Colo. last summer for school (I’m currently enrolled in Auburn University’s Brewing Science & Operations program) and had the best time taking day trips to Left Hand, Boulder Beer, Avery, Crooked Stave, Great Divide, and Oskar Blues. I’d never been to Colorado, and I LOVED the craft beer scene. Everyone was super nice and willing to talk beer for as long as I wanted.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?

When I’m not at the brewery, I can be found cheering on my son at the baseball field, doing arts and crafts with my daughter, or running on our town’s local rail trail.

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