To round out Drink Up Week, we asked threebeverage industry pros the same seven questions to get expert insight on Richmond’s drink scene.
First, meet the makers.
☕️ Alan Smith is a co-owner at Afterglow Coffee Cooperative, a worker–owned coffee roaster based in Scott’s Addition. He had a decade of experience at Lamplighter before helping open Afterglow in October 2021.
🧃 Brandi Battle–Brown founded Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar in Northside after falling in love with juice in the summer of 2018. She says her motto is: If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?
🍹 Brett Nobile started Ninja Kombucha in 2015. Now, fermentation fans can find them in stores around VA in addition to sampling all the current offerings out of the Northside taproom.
Alan has been in the coffee business for decades. | Headshot by Jake Cunningham, @couragecophoto
What is your favorite aspect of your job?
Alan: Probably the curatorial and creative aspects — I love getting to sample a wide range of coffees before selecting which ones we will bring in to roast.
Brandi: Introducing a healthier lifestyle to the community that tastes great. […] I put a little twist, a little soul into all my juices and smoothies so it’s enjoyable for all walks of life.
Brett: The best part of the job is experimenting with new flavors and trying different brewing techniques.
Brandi has expanded Ms. Bee’s to two locations. | Headshot courtesy Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar
Describe your industry in three words.
Alan: Caffeinated, creative, exciting.
Brandi: Love, live, juice.
Brett: Living Sparkling Tea.
Brett and the Ninja team traveled to CA for an international conference. | Headshot by Jamie Douglas
You’re taking out-of-town friends for a drink at a Richmond establishment. Where are you going?
Alan: I live in the East End so my favorites are out that way — Alewife or Metzger are definitely my most visited.
Brandi: My favorite restaurant to get a drink would be Lillie Pearl. I’m there every week!
Brett: If we’re going out for drinks we’re heading to the Ninja Kombucha Taproom (126 W. Brookland Park Blvd.) of course!
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