Who the firkin hell is…Daniel Rickard?


February 21, 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 the spotlight is on Daniel Rickard from Calibre Craft Beer Trading Co. – distributor and importer of some fantastic beers, ciders and meads.


What is your day job?

Calibre Craft Beer Trading Co. day-to-day operations.

How long have you been doing that for?

Just passed the year marker in November actually.

What were you up to before that?

Few different sales roles but mainly retail jobs. 

What is the best part about your job?

The great people who I deal with on a daily basis. Oh, and there’s the BEER!!!

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

Having grown up in SA, Coopers pale was the beer to drink. When I moved to Brisbane it was the lack of availability of Coopers back then that made me start hunting it down and trying new brews when I couldn’t find it. Over time this lead to smaller and harder to find breweries, funkier beers and ingredients and there was no turning back from that point!!

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

There have been a few over the years. Totally unbiased but the few that come to mind in recent times are the Nail Clout Stout, Double Barrel Imperial Stout from Red Hill, Southern Tier Crème Brule and Nogne Ø Dark Horizon. Also, some 2008 Christmas Ale at the Holgate brewery that Paul shared with us a few years ago was phenomenal.

What is your preferred style of beer and why?

I do like hops but given a preference will choose a malt forward beer. I do love a good dopplebock or imperial stout.

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?

Probably a few more beers to fill the cellar. The best beers for the cellar usually being the most expensive it probably won’t stretch that far.

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

For some reason I have kept 500 odd different empty bottles, not sure what I’m going to do with them or why I have kept them. I have now started collecting different caps and have quite a few glasses. I started a beer cellar in 2008 and keep adding to that.

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

In the interest of remaining impartial, I will say at home!! So many good bars and even restaurants now stocking great beers it’s hard to choose!! I also don’t get out as much as I used to.

What is so good about it there?

It has beer, my family and of course the football/cricket.

Bottles or cans?

I do love the simplicity of cans but the romance of the bottle. It’s only a transport vessel after all!! 

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

I hope that Queenslanders continue to embrace the good beers. The massive interest in the past few months has astounded and excited me to be honest but am really enjoying the QLD beer renaissance!!

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

Hopefully still talking and drinking good beers. A year off to travel and see some international breweries in US, UK, Belgium and Italy might be nice.

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

Mmmm…I may have to have a good hard think about that….

Thanks to Daniel, a truly decent bloke, for being a part of my weekly feature. Another empty beer bottle hoarder surfaces! 

Join me next week when a representative from a brewery based exactly 162 kilometres away from the centre of Brisbane slots his bum cheeks into the firkin hot seat.

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


2 thoughts on “Who the firkin hell is…Daniel Rickard?

  1. […] I couldn’t make it which was a shame because man-about-town and friend of, Daniel Rickard from Calibre Craft Beer Trading, was the guest […]

  2. […] chatting to yet more industry folk from Brisbane (namely Daniel Rickard and Ben Hetherington), we bailed on the ‘burbs in favour of a return to the Saturday […]

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