Who the firkin hell is…Ian Kissane?

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February 14, 2014 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.

If you don’t know what a firkin is then the whole beer-related, play-on-words title will be lost on you right?! Fear not – click here for more information on firkins.

This week’s edition is none other than Ian Kissane who is probably best known for transforming a drive-thru bottle shop into the super-funky Kerbside – one of Brisbane’s longest serving craft beer bars.

Ian Kissane Kerbside

What is your day job?

General Manager at Kerbside and Fringebar.

How long have you been doing that for?

I have been working in Hospitality for 25+ years.

What were you up to before that?


What is the best part about your job?

Getting to try new beers and meeting people.

What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?

The Bridge Road Chevalier Saison is a beer that changed my life.

Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?

That’s not an easy question to answer. My first Lambic beer, Timmermans Gueuze, recently opened my eyes to a whole world of funky and sour beers.

What is your preferred style of beer and why?

I honestly don’t have a preference of style. I drink whatever I happen to be in the mood for at the time although, as I have already mentioned, I have recently developed a taste for sour beers.

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?

I am always on the hunt for beers and breweries that I have not tried before and that would be exactly how I would spend it.

I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?

I have to admit that I also collect bottles, glassware and general beer-related items.

In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?

Kerbside obviously. Also Tippler’s Tap, Archive and The Scratch among others. It’s getting a lot easier to get good, craft beer in Brisbane these days.

What is so good about it there?

(At Kerbside there are) 3 rotating taps of awesome Bacchus beers, 240+ and a growing range of bottled beer to choose from as well as great tunes and good friends.

Bottles or cans?


What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?

That in time there will be no need to call it a ‘craft beer industry’, that it will be the norm and insipid industrial beers will only be a bad memory.

This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?

Hopefully with more time to myself so that I can take up home brewing.

What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?

I have to say ‘250 Beers’ don’t I? Sorry Cassie.

Cheers to Ian for his time. He’s a busy chap so I really appreciate it. I now know that I can chat openly to somebody that will understand my hoarding of bottles and glassware.

Join me next week when I’ll feature somebody that I once described as a superhero!

Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.


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