Haddonfield, New Jersey native Tom Kehoe is the founder, president, and brewmaster of Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kehoe has been in the brewing industry since 1992 and began his career in college, cleaning kegs and working the bottling line at the British Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Maryland. Kehoe attended Lehigh University for engineering and graduated from Western Maryland College with a degree in business. He started Yards in October 1994 in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia and has grown the brewery from a cask-conditioned keg-only production of 15 barrels per week to a full packaging brewery with a capacity of over 40,000 barrels.
Tim Roberts first cut his teeth in the craft beer industry while living in London in the ’90s. After later returning home to the U.S., Tim worked at Dock Street, one of Philadelphia’s oldest brewpubs, where he started out as a bartender and server, and then volunteered in the brewery on his days off, working his way into an assistant brewer position. He went on to become head brewer at Independence Brew Pub, and then head brewer at Yards Brewing Company, the largest brewery in the greater Philly area. 20 years thereafter, Tim left Yards to become a rep and a resource here at Country Malt Group, working with brewers and distillers in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
EPISODE 4: SELTZER SEASON
TOBY TUCKER – SENIOR DIVISION MANAGER, COUNTRY MALT GROUP
TIM ROBERTS – TERRITORY MANAGER, COUNTRY MALT GROUP
TOM KEHOE – FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, YARDS BREWING COMPANY
SOME OF THE TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
- Tim talks about his brief history of living in London and working at the world-famous White Horse pub in Parsons Green, along with UK Techno Music in the 90’s and the ‘upcoming’ CMG Band.
- Yards Brewing Co and the intricacies of setting up a new facility in 2008 at the cusp of the craft beer boom
- Increasing category of hard seltzer in the past few years and some tricks of getting into the segment
- A quick call to Tom Kehoe to catchup