Weekend Reading #58

For those lazy weekend mornings when you just want to stay in bed and catch up on a little reading – Weekend Reading is a weekly (ahem, usually) post with the articles I’ve enjoyed in the past seven days.

For those lazy weekend mornings when you just want to stay in bed and catch up on a little reading – Weekend Reading is a weekly (ahem, usually) post with the articles I’ve enjoyed in the past seven days.


Forbes | Eat Your Beer: Why A San Francisco Startup Is Making Granola Bars From Spent Brewing Grains

I am aware of lots of breweries who don’t let their spent grains to go waste and instead provide it for farmers to feed cattle. I love this article’s focus on the small company Regrained who are using spent grain from breweries to make granola bars.

We believe we should all be able to have our beer…and eat it too.

From the ReGrained website

If this kind of thing puts a big smile on your face, pop into Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen in Fremantle where head chef Mitch Mitchell is always putting their breweries spent grain to good use, most prominently in the form of his spent grain sourdough.

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Beer Bread  // Photo from Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen Facebook page

Draft Magazine | Renegade Brewing Co. owner Brian O’Connell talks beer festivals, drinking local and what it means to be a renegade

What I love about breweries and the stories behind why they opened is that I have never heard someone say, “I opened a brewery to make a pot of cash”. Brian’s story is just a fun, passion filled and wonderful as any other story I have heard. I particularly like the recollection of the day he realised he had to give it a shot.

I cancelled the meetings I was supposed to go to, rented a car and drove three hours out to the Delaware coast and spent the day at the Dogfish Head Brewery.

His approach to beer festivals is also of interest, not that we are reaching the same kind of numbers that the US are but being one brewery amongst a field of them begs the question as to how valuable they are for the breweries themselves, maybe is more than one way to get exposure?

Australian Brews News | Bridge Roads sets up authenticity campaign

A really interesting media release from Bridge Roads Brewers (VIC) to introduce new symbols to appear on their packaging and communications. There is this on-going debate as to whether the term “craft beer” is relevant, the can of worms really opens up when you start asking what the term means, how it should (if it should) be defined. This approach from Bridge Roads embraces the word “craft” and gives the drinker an idea of what it means. Maybe it even encourages questions from the drinker, like questions on owns others beers you like, do some breweries brew off site and, most importantly what does that mean?

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The team at Bridge Road Brewers are proud of what they do and the beer they make. The symbols were developed by the team, asking themselves; what is it that makes us different? And what do I expect from the craft beer I drink?

Wall Street Journal | Line Them Up: ‘Crafty’ Expats Stir Up the Vietnamese Beer Scene

As always I really enjoy reading about the craft beer scene in other countries outside of Australia and the US, this article on Vietnam’s emerging craft beer scene, what is driving it and its growth potential is super interesting.

BrewDog | DIY Dog

This is pretty epic. Scottish craft brewery BrewDog, known for excellent beer, making a lot of noise and stuffing a beer bottle into a taxidermy squirrel, have just released their entire back catalogue of beer recipes and story along with a guide to home brewing. Like I said, epic. Even if you don’t home brew, this is a great document to download and get all beer geeky on.

5 minutes with Kyle from Gage Roads Brewing

This edition of 5 minutes with features Kyle Petrie, national on premise sales manager for WA based Gage Roads Brewing Company.

This edition of 5 minutes with features Kyle Petrie, national on premise sales manager for WA based Gage Roads Brewing Company.

I’ve gotten to know Kyle as our paths cross at beer events, festivals, pubs and bars and every once in a while we might actually get a chance to sit down and have a beer, and I’ve found him possessed with equally big doses of enthusiasm and passion. He’s well spoken, confident and the impact he’s had on Gage Roads can be seen and felt across the industry, giving the brand a face and a spark of energy that has propelled Gage into more hands than ever before.

Here’s Kyle tackling five questions for your reading pleasure …

Note: The following views and opinions are Kyle’s and are not necessarily those of Gage Roads Brewing Co.

What is the most exciting thing about craft beer in WA?  

The most exciting thing for me is that it’s being embraced by the general public. The breweries that have done the hard yards and have been around for the longest amount of time (Feral, Nail, Bootleg, and Gage) are all now seeing the fruits of the labor as the Western Australian public start to get away from the ‘mainstream’ and drink far more local craft beer than ever before. You can even get a [Feral] Hop Hog at Perth International Airport!! That would never have happened 3 years ago and it’s all down to the fact that local craft beer is in demand and (plus the fact that it’s a great beer).

Kyle Petrie - Gage Roads

What has surprised you the most in your role with Gage?

Nothing really ‘surprises’ me to be honest. I always knew that if we put the focus on quality in the brew house, introduce new brews into the market and put our beers in the right hands/venues that we would have success and thankfully we’ve been able to do that and build up a great following for our brand & beers in WA and nationally. I guess if I really had to choose one thing it would be the demand for our Single Fin Summer Ale. When it first came out of tank I knew it was going to be a great beer but I didn’t think it would be as popular as it currently is which has been a pleasant surprise.

What’s your favourite food and beer pairing? 

We knocked up a few dishes recently with local WA chef Jacob D’Vauz and he produced a banging snapper ceviche which paired nicely with our Single Fin Summer Ale, it was unreal! You can actually find the recipe & a video of it being put together on our website if you’re interested in giving it a try yourself.

What Australian breweries should people watch this year?

  • Boatrocker (VIC): these guys are one of my favourite breweries in Australia. Their new barrel room looks set to produce some pretty weird, wonderful and epic beer plus with the recent investment in the brewery by HAND (ex Little Creatures owners) I think the sky’s the limit for these guys.
  • Wayward (NSW): I pop through Wayward in Camperdown every time I’m in Sydney and I’m a big fan of both their beers & brewpub. There’s always something new on tap plus quality banter from Mikey ‘The Cowboy’ to go with it!
  • Fixation (NSW): I caught up briefly with Tom Delmont in Melbourne last month and if that man’s excited then I’m excited. A brewery that limits itself to only producing IPA’s is definitely something unique to Australia so I’m looking forward to seeing what they release.

Kyle Petrie - Gage Roads

How important do you think it is to have a definition of “craft beer”?

I don’t believe it’s important at all. The definition of ‘craft beer’ is hotly debated and differs from person to person so I think it’s going to be impossible to find one simple definition that will appease everybody. We’ll all just have to agree to disagree! Personally I’d prefer beer drinkers focus on the word ‘quality’ and get away from judging a beer on whether or not it’s ‘craft’. Beer that lacks fault, is a quality representation of the style and has been made with a focus on freshness and flavor should take precedence. I get pretty pissed off hearing beer snobs bickering over whether or not Sierra Nevada or Ballast Point are craft or not when they’re producing some of the best beer in the world. Judge them on the beer and not their size or ownership.


 

Weekend Reading #57

For those lazy weekend mornings when you just want to stay in bed and catch up on a little reading – Weekend Reading is a weekly (ahem, usually) post with the articles I’ve enjoyed in the past seven days.


Australian Brews News | Queensland gets craft beer permit

Of course beer events and festivals can be really good fun, they can be great ways to discover new beers and visit multiple breweries in just one visit. They can also be really difficult for breweries because they take a lot of time and more often than not breweries don’t come close to recouping their investment. The ability to sell alcohol like a bar and (not or) take away sales like a bottle shop make festivals more financially appealing.

The West Australian | Looking at a pint through different glasses

Have you even that episode of Frasier where he’s trying to order a coffee but finds the sizing he knows from his regular coffee shop doesn’t match up with any other cafes? It’s a bit extreme but it’s kind of how it is with ordering a beer sometimes, a gamble of what size beer you’ll get for the dollars spent.

Crafty Pint | The Story Of: Watermelon Warhead

An in-depth look at story behind Feral’s Watermelon Warhead, one of my absolute favourite brews. It’s a great story and even if you are time poor, just click on the link for wonderful photos of brewer Will Irving.

Pacific Business News | U.S. opts for more liquor, but Hawaii still keen on craft beer

An interesting quick look at craft breweries and distillers seemingly battling it out for market share.

and now for  a video – Craft Beer – A Hoptumentary

5 minutes with Tim from Cellarbrations Carlisle

This edition of 5 minutes with features Tim Hoskins, resident beer dude at one of Perth’s best beer retailers – Cellarbrations Carlisle.

5 minutes with … a 5 minute/5 question interview with great beer loving people …

This edition of 5 minutes with features Tim Hoskins, resident beer dude and manager at one of Perth’s best beer retailers – Cellarbrations Carlisle.

Find Cellarbrations Carlisle at 2 Wright Street, Kewdale

Every time I see Tim he has a big smile on his face, he is passionate about what he does and loves his beer and knows his stuff. As one of the hosts for last year’s WA Beer Week event Meat the Brewer he was fabulous and, thanks to his girlfriend, was able to literally eat on the run, grabbing bites of food from her hand in between making sure everyone was enjoying themselves and had enough beer.

Time to hand things over to Tim …


1. What was your epiphany beer and when did you have it?

The complete details are a little hazy, it was quite some time ago! When I was of age, I was always looking for something different, Coopers Green was my go-to 11 years ago because it just was dry, full of yeasty goodness and had a certain quality to it. But really it was just anything different. When I was 19 I had a Chimay Blue, which blew my mind, and then the hunt was on, heading to my first venture to the IBS [International Beer Shop], I used to live in Beerliar so it was quite the drive to Leederville. Then I stumbled upon, Cellarbrations Carlisle and didn’t look back!

2. What is the most exciting thing about craft beer in WA?

I would have to say first – Quality. I think we take for granted in Perth that we have such a high standard of quality beer being produced here, that we expect the world to offer a higher level of quality. WA has world par quality which is great considering in Perth there is only 1.5 million people. Secondly, and hand in hand with quality – freshness. We have breweries brewing 5-7 days a week to keep up with our demands so the shops around Perth who take the time and effort, reward the customers with that same freshness they would get at the breweries themselves.
Tim Hoskins Cellarbrations Carlisle

3. If you could collaborate with any two breweries, which ones and why?

Now that’s a tough question! So I’ll just quickly answer with what comes to mind, the list is gigantic! I am a big fan of Boatrocker, so would love to do one with them and I am a big fan of Artisan Brewing in Denmark, WA. Both of them have a great passion and knowledge on yeast, so I think they would get on great guns and it would amazing to be part of that!!

4. What Australian breweries should people watch this year?

Who shouldn’t you be! It’s hard not to notice the extra effort and beyond Feral has been putting in, I would love to see more single release series from them, but who wouldn’t! (Plus they are flat out creating all sorts of new and exciting beers). The Monk has recently seen a shift in operations with an all star team on board, we’ve already seen some fresh new beers from them, definitely well worth a visit! There are far too many to go on about, in WA let alone in Australia, I love to talk and could keep doing so.

5. You finish a long shift at work and when you get home, what beer do you reach for and what food do you have with it?

Colonial Small Ale, the food is whatever is in my fridge, could be a sausage, could be home made burger. But if it is particularly long I love to search through some stashes, bring out something big and barrel aged like Boatrocker Ramjet, 3 Ravens Druid, Boss Taurus*, grab some amazing cheese and rip off chunks of fresh bread. If its been a bad day, that’s the way to cure it!
*Boss Taurus was a collaboration between Cellarbrations Carlisle and Margaret River’s Bootleg Brewery, you can read more about the whisky barrel aged imperial dark ale here. A brilliant beer that made it in the Crafty Pint list of the ten best new beers for WA in 2015 (a list that was partly put together by myself and Tim alongside another two panel members).