Rachel Marshall Of Rachel's Ginger Beer Dies At 42

The creator of Seattle-based Rachel's Ginger Beer died unexpectedly on April 24 at the age of 42, leaving behind a family and a successful business. The news of Rachel Marshall's death was shared on the company website, which remembered the founder as a leader who created a family-centered business.

In addition to creating Rachel's Ginger Beer, Marshall was co-owner of two bars, Montana and Nacho Borracho. Started in 2011, Marshall and business and life partner, Adam Peters, opened Rachel's Ginger Beer, which uses fresh ingredients such as ginger root, lemons, and organic cane sugar to make their brews. Marshall's legacy will live on through her business, as well as her partner and their two sons, Wyatt and Huck, according to the post from Rachel's Ginger Beer.

"Rachel wasn't much for talking about herself, but her vision permeates all that we do. we are still finding our way. thank you for your support as we muddle through the coming days," reads the company statement.

Her legacy will be carried on

Rachel's Ginger Beer is the quintessential startup success story. Marshall and Peters launched their ginger beer business in the Licorous kitchen, which they borrowed from another chef, according to Seattle Met, and then began to sell their first products in farmers' markets around Seattle. Two years later in 2013, Rachel's Ginger Beer store opened in the famous Pike Place Market. In the years following, Marshall opened three more stores in Seattle and began to ship nationally. In addition to its original flavor, Rachel's Ginger Beer also makes brews in blood orange, white peach, pink guava, caramelized pineapple, and cucumber x tarragon. Cocktails, such as the Moscow mule and Montana mule, are also on the menu.

Marshall's influence extended far beyond her business. After hearing of Marshall's death, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell tweeted that she was "a pioneer in Seattle's food and beverage scene." Others in the food and beverage industry recalled Marshall as always being willing to help others in need, reported The Seattle Times. She would connect other business owners with resources and offer them tips based on her own experiences. Marshall was also known for supporting people of color and women.