November 22, 2013 by 250 Beers
“What the firkin hell is this?” I hear you ask. Well, let me explain…
‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ is a weekly glimpse into the lives of individuals that work (some tirelessly) to bring the Brisbane public the very best in good beer. Some are brewers, some own/work in your favourite bar, some are retailers and some are brewery reps.
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This week’s instalment features Dan Rawlings of Holgate…
What is your day job?
I am the Queensland Hoperative & Keg Whisperer for Holgate Brewhouse.
How long have you been doing that for?
Just past the one year mark.
What were you up to before that?
I spent a year selling some horrible cider (don’t judge me) before I managed to snag a job with Holgate. Before that I ran Archive Beer Boutique.
What is the best part about your job?
Changing people’s minds about the common misconceptions of beer – watching their faces when they have their first sip of a decent beer. Breaking down the lies and utter bullshit that the major breweries feed their customers and teaching them that there is another way to do business.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
I would have to say Little Creatures Pale Ale.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
Southern Tier Oak Aged Imperial IPA. Just Amazing.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
I appreciate all styles of beer, but I would have to say that lambics/ geuezes are my go to beer at the moment.
If I gave you $100 in cash right now with the only proviso being that you had to spend it on beer, what would you indulge in?
About five bottles of Cantillon….or a couple of sacks of grain so I can make my own.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
Yes – a nano brewery under my house, 8 normal beer taps and a nitro tap at home. 500L of beer barrel aging in my garage.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
There are plenty of places to buy good beer, but for the most comprehensive list that has almost everything you really can’t go past Archive. Not biased at all of course.
What is so good about it there?
The range and the fact that they don’t charge the earth for their beers like some places seem to think they need to.
Bottles or cans?
Bottles. I can’t tell you how insulting I find craft beer in cans. Cans are for Bogans drinking mega-swill lager watching Bathurst or something equally Bogan-ish. It would seem that I am somewhat alone in this position as more and more breweries are canning their beer.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
More pubs getting rid of ridiculous tap contracts with the big guys and actually putting a bit of effort into thinking about their beer selection instead of letting someone else tell them what they have to pour IN THEIR OWN VENUE! Such a lazy way to do business.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
I have the best job in the world. Other than taking my brewing to a commercial level I couldn’t think of anything that I would rather be doing.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
I would say “You need to go to a Brewday and experience the magic of creating beer for yourself. Then you will see that writing about other people’s beer isn’t one tenth as rewarding as making your own from scratch”. But that Darren guy goes alright I guess…
Thanks for taking the time out Dan! In response to your last answer, I can now tick a Brewday off of my bucket list thanks to the forthcoming Bacchus Beer Bloggers Series. I agree that creating beer is extremely pleasing!
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Next week we’ll be hearing from one of Brisbane’s craftiest retailers…