Richard Emerson was 27 when he set out on a journey of self fulfilment. He had no idea his desire to change the way Kiwis consumed alcohol would shape New Zealand's craft beer industry at the same time.

Before craft was a buzzword, Richard Emerson was brewing up unusually flavoured beers in his mother's kitchen.

He started at 27, but his fascination with beermaking began much earlier. As an 18-year-old, the craft beer pioneer and his parents had taken a year-long sabbatical to the UK, and in Edinburgh he was fascinated by the pub culture and the different beers available.

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