We had the good fortune of connecting with Kendrick Knighten and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kendrick, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Throughout my years of living, I have often wondered what would be considered my passion? I knew that I loved introducing people to new things that I came across. I also knew that I loved traveling as well. When I started traveling 6+ hours going back and forth to breweries for new releases, I knew it was no longer just “something to do”. So now, I am able to share that passion using various platforms to connect with our followers. At the same time, I am able to introduce myself and others to the countless brands and breweries that serve our craft beer communities.
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets The Pint Exchange apart from most brands, is that we are 100% minority-owned. I am African American, and our co-owner Luis is Hispanic. In addition, I feel that we bring another dimension with Luis’s creativity as he is our photographer and content creator. I am most proud of what we have accomplished so far as a young brand. We have been in operation for less than a year, and we have already participated in 5 different beer collaborations. Also, we have hosted several events with our good friends the Brew Bros, which was our way of giving back to the craft beer community. Before The Pint Exchange was created, I was just your typical craft beer drinker. I would host and attend beer shares, visit all types of breweries, and build relationships with owners/brewers around the region. Since I was already involved in the community, starting the brand was a no-brainer. One of the main lessons I have learned in life, is to remain humbled no matter the circumstances. I always take the time to appreciate every small victory.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with The Breakfast Klub or The Toasted Yolk Cafe. I’m a huge soul food fan, so I would definitely recommend grabbing a plate from either Micheaux’s in Missouri City or Mikki’s Soulfood Cafe in Houston. A plate from either one of those places should serve as your lunch and dinner. I’m also into spicy seafood, so I would also recommend Lotus Seafood at any location and LA Crawfish Shack on Harwin and S. Gessner. My ultimate mission, however, would be to get my friend out to some of the breweries/brewpubs I visit around town. In no particular order, I recommend: Murdoch’s Backyard Pub, Ingenious Brewing, Astral Brewing, True Anomaly Brewing, Crafted Kitchen and Taps, Baa Baa Brewhouse, Equal Parts Brewing, Baileson Brewing, Craft Beer Cellar Cypress and Houston, Star Sailor HTX, Vallensons Brewing, Urban South HTX, Saint Arnold Brewing, The Growler Spot. There are so many other great options around town for food and beer. Houston’s big enough to have entertainment on all sides, so I would advise my friend to perform a Google search and see what’s in the area
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shoutout to my business partner Luis, for supporting the vision and being the creative force behind our brand. Another shoutout goes out to my brothas in craft beer Odell Hamilton and Marcus Cain of Brew Bros. They have been a huge help and I definitely appreciate their assistance in growing the brand. Last but not least, I have to thank my better half, Phallen. Without her, The Pint Exchange would not have been created. She motivated me to take a leap of faith and start the brand.