Mina's Ginger Beer Makes It Snappy | Food News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your support!

Mina's Ginger Beer Makes It Snappy 

Published June 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

click to enlarge Kelly Keen of Mina's Ginger Beer - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Kelly Keen of Mina's Ginger Beer

A traditional drink takes a hit of heat with Mina's Ginger Beer, a new business from Kelly Keen that can be found at the Middlebury and Winooski farmers markets and the Burlington Truck Stop. Keen, who grew up in Shelburne, studied nutrition and biomedical sciences at Colorado State University and says she's "always loved working with food."

Post-college, Keen moved to Burlington, where she now works as a server at ArtsRiot and Bistro de Margot to supplement her budding business. With Mina's, she's putting her food knowledge and culinary prowess to good use: Her spicy brew mingles organic young ginger from Kolo Kai Organic Farm, in Hawaii, with fresh lemons and organic, fair-trade sugar.

"[My ginger beer] has about half the sugar content of common competitors," says Keen. "My ultimate goal is to deliver a strong kick. My slogan is 'Nice Spice — Not Too Sweet.'"

Her next goal? "I want to have my bottling process up and running as my next phase of business," Keen says.

Until then, she hopes to make Mina's Ginger Beer "the staple around town" for cocktails, such as "a mighty fine" Moscow mule, she suggests. As the Mina's website states, "We like our cocktails like we like our ginger beer: strong and in good company."

The original print version of this article was headlined "Making It Snappy"

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

Julia Clancy

Julia Clancy

Julia Clancy is a local chef and was a Seven Days food writer in 2016 and 2017.


Comments are closed.

From 2014-2020, Seven Days allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we've appreciated the suggestions and insights, right now Seven Days is prioritizing our core mission — producing high-quality, responsible local journalism — over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Latest in Food News

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2023 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation