Ep. 40 - Riding The Craft Beer Wave with Pro Surfer Bede Durbidge...Yeeooww!!The Beer Healer interviews add
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!!
Ep. 39 - Old Guys Rule - Matt & Pete from Oz Brews NewsThe Beer Healer interviews add
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.
Ep. 38 - Have Your Beer & Eat It Too...Introducing The BeeronessThe Beer Healer interviews add
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!!
Ep. 37 - Let's Talk About Yeast, Baby!The Beer Healer interviews add
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!
Ep. 36 - Independence Matters in Beer Cartel's Ultimate Aussie Top 50 BeersThe Beer Healer interviews add
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.
Ep. 35 - Batch Brewing Company - The Times They Are A Changin'The Beer Healer interviews add
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!
Ep. 34 - Roaming Beer Healer, Live from the Australian International Beer Awards!The Beer Healer interviews add
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!
Ep. 33 - Australian International Beer Awards Panel Prediction ShowThe Beer Healer interviews add
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.
Ep. 32 - Busting Myths and Offering Social Media Tips for Craft BreweriesThe Beer Healer interviews add
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!
Ep. 31 - Dropping Advanced Dry Hop Knowledge with Dr Tom ShelhammerThe Beer Healer interviews add
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!
Ep. 30 - From Creature To Felon...Starting a New Brewery with Ash CranstonThe Beer Healer interviews add
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...
Ep. 29 - Craft Brewer Career PathsThe Beer Healer interviews add
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!
Ep. 28 - Your Beer Tourism Stories Part 1The Beer Healer interviews add
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 email@example.com
Ep. 27 - Good Beer Week Is Back, with Luke Robertson (Ale Of A Time)The Beer Healer interviews add
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.
Ep. 26 - Craft Beer Mad Scientist - Ocho BrewingThe Beer Healer interviews add
Stu Grant from Ocho Beer comes across as a pretty quiet guy, but bloody hell, he loves a chat. He is also a massive beer nerd...so I guess that makes my job easy a craft beer podcast host!
Stu has spent the last few years working by day with Will Tatchell at Van Dieman Brewing producing some great beers, and then metaphorically, by night, he puts on his crazy scientist lab coat and goes to work on producing some amazing experimental beers.
In 2016 Ocho beer was born in the back of the Van Dieman brewery. Looking to do something different with their beers, their first year saw them release varieties such as a barrel aged saison, a wild fermented IPA and beer made with Chardonnay grapes…not the typical beers you expect form a small startup brewery. They also took a different route to market, preferring to initially sell all their beer via their website.
For the last few years, Ocho has been creating some great experimental beers and is now firmly in the conversation with other cool kids in the Aussie industry right now.
In this interview, Stu shares some EXCLUSIVE NEWS about the future and talks about:Being fascinated by fermentation;Making cider on the family farm in his early teens;How he "accidentally" made a sour stout;How to release a core beer, that changes four times a year;How Tassie could be the next Bend, Oregon; andThe art of making a good Pilsner.
Ep. 25 - Good Morning Vietnamese Craft Beer Scene with Pasteur St BrewingThe Beer Healer interviews add
A few years ago, the wife and I took the kids on a family holiday to Vietnam. It was such a great experience for us all, the sights, the sounds the unique food and of course the amazing people. Before taking my trip I did a bit of research and found out that the was a pretty cool little craft beer scene beginning to bubble up to the surface over there, so I decided to do what I could to hijack my family holiday for the sake of craft beer.
One of the items on my list was to visit a brewery I had read about called Pasteur St Brewing. Their mantra seemed cool, combine American Brewing techniques with the local produce to make great craft beer. One sip of the Pasteur St Jasmine IPA was all it took for me to fall in love with the Vietnamese craft beer scene…
The man behind that beer, Alex Violette, was head brewer at Upslope Brewing in Colorado at the time that John Reid, Pasteur’s founder pitched the idea to him. Alex loved it and moved to Saigon to begin a new brewing adventure. Very early on in the piece, Mischa Smith, knew he had to get in on the action of spreading craft beer love in Vietnam. He started as a volunteer behind the bar, being paid in beer and now he is Pasteurs St’s Brand Ambassador.
5 years and 200+ beers later, Pasteur St Brewing now has 4 tap Rooms and has nationwide distribution. It’s been 3 years since I was in Vietnam and I was keen to find out how the scene is going in Vietnam, so I invited the guys on to talk all things Vietnamese Craft Beer.
In this interview, Alex, Mischa and I try our best to keep things on track as we discuss such things as:How Pasteur St came to be;Making beers with local ingredients and winning awards for it;The perception that Vietnamese palates would be different to the western world;How the craft beer culture is Vietnam borrows from their well established coffee culture; When we will see their beers in Australia again; andMaking beer that smells like farts!
Ep. 24 - Bruny Island Beer Co. - Evan Hunter and Steph SchrodkaThe Beer Healer interviews add
This episode was recorded on location at Van Dieman Brewing, where I was attending the "From The Wilderness" Beer Festival, a celebration of the art of Farmhouse Brewing.
My guests, Head Brewer Evan Hunter, and his partner and Brewery Sales & Promotions Manager, Steph Schrodka, are the dynamic duo behind the Bruny Island Beer Co. Now in it’s 5th year of operation, this little brewery on a small island in the deep south of Tasmania is very unique…they use open top fermenters and their brew kit is manufactured from old dairy farming equipment.
Evan and Steph are knowledgeable, passionate and fun…lots of fun. In this episode I do my best to get them to let me in on their brewery secrets, which leads to some awkward moments and a lot of laughing! I also pick Evans brain about wet hops and farmhouse ales, Steph talks about selling their first beers and her love of fresh hop beers. We also discuss the challenges of having a brewery along side a cheesery and a bakery with microbes flying all around their open top fermenters!
A fun and interesting chat, enjoy it!
Ep. 23 - Talking Beer Tourism with The Beer PilgrimThe Beer Healer interviews add
Back when I was still working in the industry, and the numbers of beer bloggers, reviewers and podcasters were much lower than what we have today, there was this blonde haired surfie looking dude that used top pop up on the interwebs here and there, going buy the name The Beer Pilgrim. His real name is Tim Charody and 7 or so years and 32,000 facebook followers later, he is still at it.
An engaging presenter who has traveled far and wide sharing his adventures with his followers, some how he has managed to live this amazing adventure and still be able to put food on the table.
Being a fan of working in craft beer activities on my family holidays, I thought I would invite Tim on to talk about his experiences in beer tourism,
You are in for a real treat with this episode...Tim is one of those blokes that you can just ask a question to and he just runs with it, in all directions!
In this episode, we talk about:The amazing Italian Craft Beer Scene and how he me what I would call "The Dude" of Italian Craft Beer;How important Beer Trails are for tourism;Belgium being his favourite beer vacation;How he manages to work craft beer into all of this work trips;Tips for beer travelers; andHis upcoming Ultimate West Coast of American Beer Trip that you can join him on!
Ep. 22 - Craft Beer Branding Expert, Jessie Jungalwalla from Craft InstinctThe Beer Healer interviews add
A few of my earlier podcasts featured marketers who provided insight and advice on the tricky practice of taking an amazing liquid to the consumer and getting them to hand over their hard earned cash to drink it. This podcasts were very popular, and so I decided to invite another experience marketer on to have a chat about the industry and answer a few questions from some of my social media followers.
One time drummer in a rock band, Jessie Jungalwalla, spent time in Canada working as a graphic designer for Big Rock in Vancouver, eventually working her way up to running events and experiences for them. She is a certified cicerone, a home brewer and a huge fan of craft beer, so when she returned home to Australia it seemed only natural that she would find a way to combine her passion for craft beer with her design skills.
Jessie company, Craft instinct, is a brand development and design service specialising in the craft beverage industry. They have worked with well known brands such as The Crafty Pint, Blackmans Brewery and Pink Boots Australia.
Jessie was such a delight to talk with, she has an infectious laugh and knows her stuff!
PS - She has a new website in development, but if you are looking for Jessie, you can find her at http://www.craftinstinct.com/
Ep. 21 - Brewing Up Social Change with Agi Gagic from Sparkke Change BeveragesThe Beer Healer interviews add
The craft beer world is littered with stories of people starting breweries after falling in love with creating amazing liquids, including Agi Gagic, head brewer at Sparkke. But the difference with Agi’s brewery is that it’s not just about the love of the beer, you see Sparkke is driven by something greater, the need for social change.
Thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, Sparkke was launched in 2017. Founders Rose Kentish, an award wining winemaker and Kari Allen, a highly regarded international marketer, along with Agi describe themselves as social activists, who also happen to run a alcoholic beverage company.
Agi is in charge of creating the beers in slogan covered cans that seem to be striking a chord with the consumers who are looking for an authentic beer brand that shares their values.
I was initially a bit nervous about talking to Agi, I thought I might be a bit out of my league! I need not have worried, as Agi was an absolute pleasure to talk to and shared so many insights into her world of influencing social change one beverage at a time!
Enjoy the chat.