Well 2019 has already been a year to remember.
I had the chance to chat with my favourite current NHLer, Ryan Reaves of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. He's mostly known for being a royal pain in the ass to his opponents on the ice, sticking up for his teammates, and all around fun guy. Now, he has something new to be recognized for - his new craft beer company, 7FiveBrewing. Recently, Reaves teamed up with Able Baker Brewing Company to launch a golden ale in Vegas called Training Day.
Check out our Q&A below:
How did you get into the world of craft beer?
Out in St. Louis, I was out with a couple of buddies and was starting to get into it wanting to test out some home brew. Fast forward to getting traded to Vegas, I just kind of saw that the Craft Market is not really a big Craft Market in Vegas. It's just kind of on the come-up. There's you know, there's something like I don't know the exact number but between 20 and 30 and you go to places like Portland and there's that many on a block. So I just started doing something for once my career is done, but obviously it's going to be a slow process because hockey always comes first.
You were quoted saying you want to take over the world and compared yourself to Pinky and the Brain so does that mean you'll eventually bring the beer to Canada?
Yeah, I'd like to. Obviously, I'd like to expand as much as possible but first we're going to test things out in Vegas.
There's a lot of competition out there so what do you want your beer and company to be known for?
I mean, we're not really thinking this is a hockey beer. It's the beer for everybody. You know, we got a good story that we'll be releasing soon that I can't get into yet, but it's not a 'Ryan Reaves endorsement, make a beer and kind of make a quick buck and get out'. It's a company that I take pride in and I want it to be for everybody.