Richard Emerson

In episode #31 of the New Zealand Brewer Podcast we take a look at the life of Richard Emerson, a trailblazer who is often lauded as the godfather of craft beer in New Zealand. His story is told by Michael Donaldson, author of the new book “The Hop Father“.

In this episode our co-host, Gary Henwood from Kainui Brew Co also shares the recipe for his Gold Medal winning Summer Love Saison.

We’ll also catch up with Gary in another “what’s going on in the brewery” segment, a little homebrew Q & A, and we’ll crack into a few home brewed listener beers.

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