“His name is Henry Benesch, but everyone calls him “Zadie.” The word means “grandfather” or “storyteller” in Yiddish, but typically uses the spellings “Zayde” or “Zaide.” He’s from what’s now the Czech Republic—the country famous for being the birthplace of the pale Pilsner beer.
“I don’t like light beer, but I like the darker beers” Benesch says. He also likes coffee, bourbon, and cigars. His favorite beer is Blackwing, Union Craft Brewing’s dark lager. Benesch has been volunteering at the Baltimore-based brewery with a local D.C. following for the past seven years. Co-founder Adam Benesch is one of Henry’s 16 grandchildren.
When his grandson and the other founders started the brewery, Henry says he hung around “until he got in their way.” Then he earned the task of making flats—the cardboard boxes that hold cases of beer…” To read more, click here.