December 27, 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 Kris ‘Kempy’ Kempnich…
What is your day job?
I am the Group Operations Manager for AusHotels which is a fancy way of saying I make sure all the venues run properly and then I order lots of beer.
How long have you been doing that for?
In this current role 2 years, but I’ve been with the company in various
other positions for 6 years now.
What were you up to before that?
Before Archive I was slinging drinks and stocking fridges in Valley
nightclubs, mostly The Monastery.
What is the best part about your job?
Trying a different beer every day plus not working nights or weekends.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
Little Creatures Pale Ale.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
The first time I had Feral Hop Hog and Mornington Peninsula Brown off tap was pretty special.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
It’s hard to choose but I would have to say American IPA’s, but not stupidly hopped. I prefer to have a few not just two and pass out.
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 carton of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale and probably a 4pk of Sierra Nevada Hoptimum id say.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
My cupboard is full of promo shirts – some that I haven’t worn in years – but for some reason I keep them.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
Obviously the best place to grab a good craft beer is Archive because you’re spoilt for choice but when I venture out I generally head to Caxton Street to visit two of my favourite places: Lefty’s and Cartel.
What is so good about it there?
They both have an excellent range of quality beers and I always know they will have something on tap I’ll enjoy drinking. Plus, the staff at both venues are boss and that manager from Lefty’s can pour a wicked shot of whiskey.
Bottles or cans?
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
I hope that one day we will see great beer and great variety on tap at every venue and that distributors who think it is ok to add a ridiculous mark-up will have fizzled away.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Counting bottles, stocking fridges and drinking beers….. some dreams do come true.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
That 250 Beers one is pretty bloody good.
Thanks to Kempy for taking part. Armakeggon at Archive this year was superbly well run. Hats off to Kempy and all that organised it. If you haven’t ever been then make sure you check it out next year!
Next week we’ll hear from a Queensland-based rep from a Tasmanian brewery.
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.