Kristie Nystedt

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

I am the president of Raleigh Brewing Company [in Raleigh, N.C.]. After working in a corporate career for many years and being an avid homebrewer alongside my husband, Patrik, we hatched a plan for retirement that included a bed and breakfast and brewery. After thinking about the idea long and hard, we decided not to wait and to go full force into the land of craft beer!

What’s new at Raleigh Brewing?

We strive to embrace our wonderful City of Oaks community. We provide exciting events that involve local homebrewers as well as local charities on a regular basis. Our attached 3,300-square-foot homebrew store provides knowledgeable service to our patrons and teaches educational classes on brewing and beer. Our brewery is located down the street from the PNC Arena, Fairgrounds, Meredith College, and NC State. We couldn’t think of a better place to be located! We also release small batch brews created by employees every Tuesday evening and host multiple events every year to showcase and assist local charities and organizations.

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

The true sense of camaraderie and friendship. We are continually learning and growing together.

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

I like to visit my oldest daughter at ASU and play tennis with my youngest daughter. Visiting my home state of Michigan is always a fun time for us as well!

What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?

My favorite beer of ours is Hell Yes Ma’am [Belgian style Golden]. It goes great with some of the fresh cheeses at Whole Foods.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

My family.

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

That would 100 percent have to go to Big Boss Harvest Time.

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

My favorite beer experience so far was my visit to Portland, Ore. The community there is absolutely astounding and the variety and quality of the beer is wonderful.

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