Will Tatchell from Van Dieman Brewing is back to talk about funky fermentations, barrel ageing beautiful beers and pushing the boundaries of farmhouse brewing.
Will recently celebrated 10 years of Van Dieman Brewing, and it has been a very busy year. He released a super-sized version of his stout, the Giblin X, a barrel aged beast rocking in at 10-ish percent, which has been vert well received. But better than that, Will’s dreams of producing beers completely off the land surrounding is farm has finally come true. In the last 18 months he has shared Max, Edward and Oscar with the beer world…3 beers brewed with all estate grown ingredients an indigenous yeast.
But not wanting to stop there, he has now gone next level, created a new beer category, Australian Spontaneous Ales, and released his first two beers in the category…Long Shadows and Unpredictable Spring. These beers are fermented in Cool Ships…not your everyday method of fermentation.
This episode is for the brewing nerds who want to know more about what this trailblazer is doing with funky yeasts and quirky fermentation methods.
For this episode, I welcomed Australia’s First Lady of beer to the conversation, Kirrily Waldhorn.
Kirrily’s contribution to beer industry is impressive, with over 17 years of involvement, she has literally been involved in every part of the industry. She is an educator, a writer beer judge, trainer and occasionally an assistant brewer.An experienced media performer, having worked in radio and tv and the press and on stage at GABS with her beer and food cooking series, she knows her stuff!
Another episode where I get to pay homage to the people who have helped shape the industry that I love. This is a bit of a longer episode, as both of us love a chat, and I think neither of us really wanted it to end...such a fun chat.
Kirrily shares her thoughts on changing the hearts and minds of mainstream beer drinkers, recalls stories form the past, like the time she was only 1 of 4 women in a room of 400 men at a Lion beer conference, and professes her love for the Tasmanian craft beer scene.
Ladies and gentlemen...I give you, The Beer Diva!
This episode is another one where I tip the cap to those who helped to shape the craft beer industry for all of us to enjoy. The Australia Craft Beer scene is littered with stories of people leaving safe and secure jobs to try something new, to start new business, follow a new career path and generally throw caution to the wind to follow their craft beer dream.
James Smith is one of those people…although he has kind of been pursuing his dream of spreading the craft beer gospel since he began his career as a freelance writer with the Age. James has done a lot of things in the industry…founded Good Beer Week, written two and a half books on the great beers of Australia, and probably most importantly, runs arguably to most influential craft beer website in Australia…The Crafty Pint.
In this episode, we chat about:How things began for Crafty;Great beer experiences;Taking pain killers for a back injury that make you write great books;The recent poll to award the best new beers of 2019; andHow working in the industry and loving beer might be a recipe for over indulging;
A legend of the industry who does love a chat...enjoy!
I was in Sydney for work this week and decided to have a cheeky pint at the Lord Nelson Hotel at lunchtime.
The Lord is, of course, the house that Blair Hayden built, so it was only right that while I was there I sat down with the great man for a chat.
In this episode we take a bit of a walk down memory lane. I really enjoyed this chat with Blair...he is no bullshit and very passionate about the industry...enjoy!!
Mention the name Tim Fishwick around the craft beer industry and I reckon you will get a nod from the person you are speaking with. Why, well by all accounts he’s a good bloke and let’s be honest, he’s been around the traps a bit…in a good way though.
Tim’s career has seen him go from flogging pallets of Tooheys to being involved in a number of smaller craft breweries. He’s been a Creature and a member of the all conquering team at Balter, but for some reason earlier this year he decided to walk away from hanging out with the lads on the Goldy and do his own thing.
There’s been a few whispers about what he has been up to in recent months, and we had to put this podcast off to make sure everything was all progressing and he could actually speak about it.
So in a world exclusive, Tim Fishwick would like to let the world in on his "secret" plans to start a brewery!
The craft beer landscape continues to change at a rapid pace. We are still seeing new breweries popping up every other week, some have sadly closed, and the number of new beers hitting bottleshop shelves is out of control.
So how do breweries cut through the clutter in a crowded market, and more importantly remain relevant in the eyes of a very promiscuous drinker base?
For well established brand, Stone & Wood, their approach has been to diversify their offerings and as such they have created a number of other brands within the Stone and Wood family…Fixation, Forest for the Trees and Counter Culture. All of these sub brands explore different elements of brewing and allow the company to try new ideas and reach those drinkers who are always looking for the next big thing.
NPD Manager Sam Martin and Creative and Community Manager Jasmin Daly join me for this entertaining and informative chat!
Grab a beer, sit back and relax and enjoy this great chat with Pro Surfer, Brewery Owner, and seriously chilled dude, Bede Durbidge.
If you didn't know it, relationships make the world go round. Whether it be when you are at starting out at school, in your social circles as you grow up, or as you move into the business world. The relationships you strike up help you through the bad times, allow you to share the good times, and open up so many other opportunities and experiences.
Bede Durbidge went from went from surfing the biggest waves on the planet to riding the craft beer wave in Australia as one of the group of mates who started Balter Brewing Company. In this interview he tells the real story about how the band of Balter brothers came together to take on the world of craft beer.
In this interview, Bede is open and honest about:How his tragic accident almost killed him;Learning to walk again with the help of his family and friends;Mick Fanning's reaction to Bede nervously asking him to be part of the plan; Converting Scotty Hargrave to a believer in his vision; andThe part that beer played in keeping him sane on the pro surfing sidelines.
And listen to the end...Bede may just be the guy I need to get Chris Hemsworth on the podcast!!
For this episode, I wanted to turn the focus on to a couple of blokes who have been an integral part of the Australian beer scene for the better part of two decades. Each week, Matt Kirkegaard and Pete Mitcham pump out content via various different channels, updating the Australian beer world on the latest news. They are well known within in the industry, but always asking the questions of their guests, so I thought it would be fun to flip things around and put them on the other side of the conversation and find out more about their experiences in the beer world.
This chat really covers some ground…hence the 90 minute running time!
We take a look back at how it all started for the boys, what they have seen change over the years, their proudest moments in their careers and the sacrifices they have made, literally for the love of this liquid we call beer.
There is a lot of laughs, some old man speak (“Lets not over egg that pudding?”), and a bit of patting each other on the back…Matt struggles to be the guest at the start, looking to drive the conversation until I pull him into line!! We lose Prof for a while as Matt deep dives into a few memories and then he pops back up to add the cream to Matt’s answer.
A thoroughly enjoyable chat that could have gone a lot longer…I did try to wind it up around 60 minutes and it went for 30 more!
I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I did recording it.
Have your beer and eat it too…That is the mantra of The Beeroness, otherwise known as Jackie Dodd-Mallory. She is a beer loving wonder chef, or maybe she is a food loving beer nerd, I am not sure, but either way she is a social media queen of beer, with over 45,000 social media followers.
Jackie has a unique ability to make me want to cook her dishes every time she shares them on social media. Some of her recent creations include Beer Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches, Spicy Beer Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and Oatmeal Stout Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars…am I making you hungry.
Jackie has been doing he thing since 2011, so there isn’t much she hasn’t done with a good bottle of beer and an amazing recipe to accompany it.
In this episode we talk about living in "Beer Heaven", not requiring a penis to know stuff about beer, and how Jackie thinks of beer ingredients as an extension of her mixing bowl when writing her recipes...an interesting way of thinking about it!
Enjoy my chat with Jackie...she is amazing!!
Two brothers…one a scientist with 15+ years experience in cell biology, the other a qualified mechanical engineer…naturally those skills translate into starting an All-Australian yeast provider for the craft beer industry.
I fell across the guys from Bluestone Yeast thanks to one of my social media followers and after the reaction to my recent chat with Dr Tom Shellhammer about hops, I thought you the listener would love an in depth chat about yeast.
Those lovely little microbes that are thrown into beers all around the world and convert the sugars in wont into alcohol and little bubbles of CO2 are pretty complex little beasties.
On this episode, the co-owners of Bluestone Yeast, the Lacey Brothers, join me to talk all things yeast!
On this podcast I try to speak to people from all over the craft beer landscape…brewers, marketers, sale people, both here and overseas.
So when an email hit my inbox last week from the Boys at Beer Cartel, with a link to the Ultimate Aussie Top 50 Beers list, I thought that I should reach out to today's guest and ask him to come and have a chat on the podcast.
Geoff Huens co-founded Beer Cartel in 2009 and has been driving excellence in the online craft beer game ever since. Geoff tells the story of how Beer Cartel started in the corner of his apartment and the changes he has seen in the industry since they began, plus let's us in on some insights from the Ultimate Aussie Top 50 Beers list he has collated.
Batch Brewing Company is in the heart of the Craft Beer mecca known as the inner west of Sydney. Taking a look at the local area these days, you will see over ten breweries littered around the suburbs in that area, but back in 2013 when Batch opened its doors, the numbers were more like 2 or 3.
Fast forward 6 years and Batch is embarking on a new era for the company, with a second site almost ready to open, one of the founders returning to his homeland, and lots of new challenges in what has become a pretty crowded beer market.
Andrew Fineran, also known as Chuck ,and Chris Sidwa, two ex-pat Americans began with a dream back in 2011 or so…they wanted to brew great beer for the people and start a true community brewery. Being that Andrew was a marketer for Lion Beer at the time and Chris was wrapped up in the world of high finance, they had all the skills they needed to make great beer…or so they thought.
In this episode we take a bit of a look back at the past, the lessons learned and the mistakes made, and how they learned from those to create a thriving community brewery. We also take a look into the future as the boys embark on an exciting new era with a new venue that will help them get back to what made them successful...creating small batch beers, and many of them!
The Australian International Beer Awards were held during Good Beer Week in Melbourne, and the who's who of the Australian beer industry was all in the one room...and I had a new toy to play with, a mobile recording device...and so was born Roaming Beer Healer!
In this episode I do my best to navigate around the crowded and noisy room to talk to some of my friends in the industry, past podcast guests and most importantly, the award winners!
Emotions were running high, there was a lot of love in the room, and people were speaking from the heart!
When I started this podcast, I wanted to make sure I was telling the great stories of the craft beer industry...you know, have a crack at doing my best journalist impression. I felt that with no-one else to bounce conversations around with, and many others already doing very well with the format of having fun discussions over beers, I would take the story telling angle.
But every now and then, an opportunity presents itself to try something a little different...and so was born the idea for this episode.
Joining me for a round table chat over the interwebs is Ex-Hopco employee and man about the brewing world, Jon Burridge, and Klimt Donohoe, co-founder of the next big thing in the Tasmanian beer scene, Spotty Dog and one third of the Step Brewers podcast.
In this episode we take a stab at who we think will be walking away with the AIBA Champion Trophys at this years awards and the boys provide us with some insights into the industry and what is going on.
And for those of you concerned, The Beer Healer Interviews will return to it's regularly scheduled program format soon!
Apologies for the quality of my individual sound feed on this episode...unbeknownst to me, my microphone died at the start of the interview and so my whole conversation was recorded by my crappy laptop microphone.
I've been doing this Beer Healer thing across multiple social media platforms for about 4 years now. I thought I knew a little bit about the world of Social Media...until my guest on this podcast set me straight on a few things.
Mariella Mejia is a one time freelance marketer who now runs a Digital Marketing agency called Made With Moxie. Made with Moxie is a digital commerce and paid media agency that growth hacks businesses and sells out events, with a real focus on Social Media and Digital Strategy. She has an impressive list of clients, both in and out of the beer industry, working on some pretty cool social media campaigns, including one with Henry Rollins and Mercedes Benz.
Mariella knows a lot about Social Media, she is currently working with Good Beer Week and having great success with it. Our chat covers the do's and dont's of social media, busts a few myths that I well and truly believed, and offers some great tips for anyone looking to really ramp up their social media efforts.
If you are after some real world insights and advice on running your social media account, you have come to the right place!
Brewers of all ages, and experience levels, have a listen to Dr Tom Shelhammer drop some pearls of wisdom about hops in this episode.
Dr Shelhammer was in Tasmania to conduct a session at the Fresh Hop Beer Festival in Launceston, and as luck would have it, he was staying only a few minutes from my home. I took that as a sign that the Beer Gods wanted me to have a chat with him for the podcast!
An expert on all things hops, Dr Shellhammer recently released a piece of ground-breaking research on factors Impacting Aroma, Flavour and Stability in Dry-Hopped Beers, something that I think all brewers, both home and pro would love to know more about.
In this interview, among other things, we discuss the details of his research paper, including:When Dry Hopping, More is not always More;Does Dry Hopping really add bitterness; andThe phenomenon known as “Hop Creep”
I was absolutely blown away by his depth and breadth of knowledge on hops and brewing techniques, and I think you will be too!
There are some amazing beers being brewed in Queensland these days. Only a few years ago, the craft beer scene in the Sunshine State was pretty quiet, but all of a sudden there are new breweries and pubs popping up all over the place. Slowly but surely these new kids on the block are converting local drinkers to new flavoursome beers, and tap banks in local pubs now have other options outside of the big brewers mainstream mid-strength options.
My guest was once the head of one of the largest craft beer brands in the country. Backed by an army of sales people, marketing assistants and plenty of cash, he turned his back on that life and moved North to the Sunshine State. It must have been the promise of sun and surf, and a massive market full of opportunities to convert drinkers over to the wonderful world of craft beer that saw him leave behind the spoils of working for a beer brand with serious muscle behind it.
Ash Cranston was the Marketing Manager of Little Creatures for 4 years, and previously managed their dining hall for another 4 years…so he knows a few things about selling beers to punters.
So why did he leave? What has he learned in building a big brewery from scratch? And why did he choose to put in a bottling, not a canning line, like the cool kids are doing?
All of this, and more advice for new brewery builders...
I met my guest at one of the world's smallest beer festivals...From the Wilderness, in Evandale, Tasmania.
On a holiday with his partner Nadia, somehow Rick Bennie managed to convince her to spend their final day in Tasmania at a beer festival two hours away from their camping spot. And they had an early wake-up the next morning to go home on the boat. Something tells me this guy is a dedicated craft beer nut!
Rick is actually a brewer from Blackmans Brewery and I asked him to come on the podcast to talk about the path he took to become a brewer, his career to date, and the options for brewers in terms of careers in the local and even international market.
I enjoyed our conversation in the sun, sipping on some Farmhouse Ales, and I thought that others would like to hear his story, or maybe some of you out there are thinking of a career in brewing and need some help getting started.
Whatever the case, I really hope you enjoy the conversation with Rick as much as I did!
The idea for this episode came from a chat I had with The Beer Pilgrim about Beer Tourism. He had so many great stories from his travels and I wondered if some of the people I interact with on social media had some too...and they did!
In this episode, Matt King recounts his trip down the Murray River drinking fresh IPA from kegs supplied by the local brewery, Nigel Ayling takes us back to the 80's when he discovered the some amazing beers while backpacking around Europe, and finally, Steve Kirton tells us about his recent trip to San Diego.
This is the first of what I hope will be many episodes where I invite some of you on to tell craft beer stories from your travels. If you have a story, reach out to me on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Beer Week began in 2011 with the first festival being thrown together by a very small team of beer lovers in a few week, which resulted in over 50 events in 40 venues in Melbourne, Victoria. Showcasing the social, flavoursome and diverse world of, the event was a huge success and continues to grow year on year.
In just eight years, Good Beer Week has grown from the spark of an idea to a global festival made up of more than 300 diverse and innovative events across Melbourne and Victoria that attracts seventy five thousand attendees from across Australia and overseas.
It is heralded as one of the great beer events of the world, culminating in the Australian International Beer Awards at the Great Australia Beer Spectapular at the end of the week. Good Beer Week’s goal is to become the largest and most professional beer festival in the Asia Pacific, and I would say they are well on their way.
In this episode I talk with Good Beer Week's Program Manager, Luke Robertson (also known for being the creator of Ale of A Time and author of Keg, Bottle, Can) about some of his favourite upcoming events in the 2019 Good Beer Week Program. He also shares his his favourite memories from the past 8 years and gives me some advice for my first trip to Good Beer Week this year.