December 20, 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 features Harley Goodacre from Banyo-based All Inn Brewing…
What is your day job?
Head Brewer at ALL INN BREWING CO.
How long have you been doing that for?
Since about June 2013.
What were you up to before that?
I worked at the Sunshine Coast brewery until November 2012, then started building the All Inn brewery.
What is the best part about your job?
Making new beers.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
Trade Winds from the Cairngorm brewery in Scotland.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
I have. Two; Black Galloway from Sulwath brewery, Scotland and Tokyo from Brew Dog.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
This is hard. Can I say stout/IPA/saison?
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?
A hundred wouldn’t get me far. I guess I would head down to The Scratch and have a go at everything on the list I haven’t tried yet.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
Not really. The only thing I do treasure in beer sense is my Tennents pint glass from Scotland. Great drinking glass.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
I would have to say The Scratch.
What is so good about it there?
Simplicity and the beer range.
Bottles or cans?
Are there any good beers in cans? However in saying that, yes cans. Get for road trips and activities where glass can break too easily.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
It would be great to see a brew pub on every corner, new bars and less XXXX.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
I would like to be in a vineyard somewhere making wine. I’m not much of a wine ponce at the moment but I find if I go to a bottleshop now I look more at wines than beer mainly because beer in most bottle shops is complete shit.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
No doubt 250 Beers. I don’t get much time to read nowadays but it is well written.
Thanks to Harley for taking part. He surely must have received my brown envelope stuffed with cash. If you find yourself out in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, do go and pay Harley a visit. You might just be pleasantly surprised.
Next week we’ll hear from somebody that works in Brisbane’s West End.
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.