BostonTalks: What's Brewin'

THU, MAR 16, 2017 (54:56)

We’re talking brews: beer, coffee, tea and… music! WGBH’s BostonTalks series connects you with local leaders, stories, trends and each other. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum’s Josiah George takes us back in time to the days of brewing and throwing tea overboard into the Boston Harbor. Ajiri Tea founder Sara Holby explains how the lives of women and orphans in Kenya are being improved through the tea and coffee that are purchased and brewed in Boston. Adam Ritchie’s band The Lights Out released its album on a can of Aeronaut Brewing Co. beer. That’s right—drink a brew and discover new music at the same time. Adam explains this journey. Matt DeLuca, head brewer at Castle Island Brewing Co., talks about brewing beer and using failure to the company’s advantage. Additional speakers to come. Tweet with Josiah (@bostonteaship), Sara (@ajiritea), Adam (@fontbandit), Matt (@cibrewing) and Edgar B. Herwick, III (@ebherwick3) using #BostonTalks.

+ BIO: Edgar B. Herwick, III

Edgar Herwick is the guy behind WGBH’s Curiosity Desk, where the quest is to dig a little deeper into (and sometimes look a little askew at) topics in the news, and search for answers to questions posed by the world around us. His features can be seen on WGBH’s Greater Boston and heard on 89.7 WGBH’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He also appears regularly with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio. Follow him on Twitter @ebherwick3.

+ BIO: Matt Deluca

While in college in Vermont during the early 2000s I became fascinated with the local craft beer market in New England.  After graduation in 2005 I was able to get an entry level production job working on the packaging line at the iconic Harpoon Brewery in downtown Boston and eventually worked my way up to Senior Brewer.  In 2015, after nine years at Harpoon and having worked in all facets of commercial brewing, I decided to team up with Adam Romanow in opening Castle Island Brewing Co. in Norwood, MA where I manage all areas of brewing operations.

+ BIO: Adam Ritchie

Adam spends his time putting dents in the universe. He owns Aritchbrand, which helps brands grow, communicate and do the right thing, and plays guitar in The Lights Out, a music and light project that takes people on a trip through parallel worlds. During business hours, Adam has helped clients appear in outlets like the BBC, New York Times, Fast Company, TIME and Newsweek. After-hours, Adam has performed at South By Southwest, written songs picked up by MTV and been featured in Billboard. With T.R.I.P., Adam is combining his love of media and music to release his band’s multidimensional concept album on cans of craft beer. More at:

+ BIO: Sarah Holby

Sara and her sister, Kate, co-founded Ajiri Tea Company in 2009. The goal of Ajiri is to create a sustainable cycle of employment and education and, of course, a delicious cup of tea! The word “Ajiri” means “to employ” in Swahili. They currently employ about 60 women to handcraft the labels for the tea and coffee boxes using dried bark from banana trees. The tea is handpicked on small farms in Kenya, and Ajiri purchases it directly from a cooperative of small-scale farmers. Using the same model as Newman’s Own, Ajiri donates 100% of profits to their non-profit to pay school fees for orphans. This year, they are sponsoring 30 students in school. Sara lives in Somerville and works out of the MassChallenge office space.

+ BIO: Josiah George

Josiah George spends most of his days in 1773 colonial Boston as the Assistant Creative Manager for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.  Much of his time is spent in future planning and projects.  In addition to maintaining the daily museum experience efforts, he co-directs and produces the annual Boston Tea Party reenactment each December.  He also portrays John Adams in the museum’s original presentation of the letters of John and Abigail Adams.  Josiah brings 17 years of professional theater experience as a stage manager, director, production manager, and stage and voice over actor and is a proud member of both Actor’s Equity and the American Guild of Musical Artists.  A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Josiah has worked as a stage manager for Boston Lyric Opera, Stoneham Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre and directed shows for Stoneham Theatre, Boston Opera Collaborative, Artists Collective Theatre, and Riverside Theatreworks.  Josiah resides in the City of Presidents, with his wife and two children

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