For years, I was actively drinking Kilkenny on tap. All the time I spent nourishing my belly with the great Irish cream ale, there was never a Kilkenny event, boo!
Now that I’m actively drinking Guinness on tap, they decided to hold the first ever Kilkenny event here.
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You know what they say, better late than never. The folks who hold the marketing purses are realising that Kilkenny is catching on as it is flavourful, easy to drink and is the entry-level to a bright beautiful world of ale.
At the inaugural Kilkenny event in Malaysia (thanks Fantastic Mike!), it was a fun night out with plenty of Kilkenny to go around and lovely company to keep me happy.
With a lady in red, Timothy and ferociously great Mike
The highlight of my evening was meeting Ben Ng of Fluid Alchemy. GAB engaged him to teach us why it’s important to drink Kilkenny at the right temperature: too cold and it’d mask the flavour, too warm and it’s really not pleasant to drink.
What about Ben? I think it is very exciting and delightful to meet someone so passionate about what they do. You wish their passion would rub off on you; that if you only had 5% of their love and dedication to your work, you’d be doing darn well in life.
It was inspiring to hear Ben talk about his experience speaking with college students. At the workshops and seminars held in conjunction with local colleges, Ben would invariably get asked about salaries. How much do you pay your fresh graduates? How much should interns get paid?
So Ben asked them, what do you think a fresh graduate should get? RM2400! RM2500! RM3000!
Okay that is a little high and is not the market rate for fresh graduates, said Ben, but what would you do if I hired you, the fresh graduate for RM3000? What would do you for RM3000?
Anything, I would do anything! came the reply.
Right, Ben nodded in appreciation, so for RM3000 I want you to be available to me 24/7. You will drop everything to cater to me at anytime I want you to. That’s how you earn your RM3000. Okay?
Nooooo of course not! Shock shock horror horror shock shock horror.
Ahh so you are not willing to do anything…
So that was my glimpse into the expectations of the younger kids of today, as told to me by Ben Ng. It was humbling as well as he organised all these talks and workshops to get to know the people he’d work with.
And the man can make a mean cocktail. Win.