Rick Hewitt

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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 a former homebrewer who recently founded Emerald City Beer Company here in Seattle.

What’s new at Emerald City?

We are located in the Old Rainier Brewery and on September 23, we brewed the first batch of beer in this building since 1999. We hosted a beer garden on September 25 to celebrate.

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

I’ve only been part of the craft brewing community for a short time but the people in this industry are amazing, the beers are adventurous and when combined, it often leads to great conversations. You have to love how beer brings people together!

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

I love the water—fishing, wakeboarding or just relaxing with friends on a boat.

What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?

So many to choose from. You can’t go wrong with a Raspberry Framboise and chocolate dessert.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

I used to officiate semi-professional and collegiate ice hockey here in the Northwest.

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

Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker. This was the beer that converted me to craft beer and I still love it.

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

Boston, Denver and Portland all have an incredible selection of fresh, local brews.

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