February 28, 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.
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This week Hugh Doyle from Stone & Wood joins in the firkin fun…
What is your day job?
I spread the good word of craft beer for Stone & Wood Brewing Co.
How long have you been doing that for?
I have been working for Stone & Wood Brewing Co. for two years now and loving it.
What were you up to before that?
Before that my past life was running hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants for 15 years.
What is the best part about your job?
There are multiple joys with my job… 1) Taking my board shorts with me on my coast runs for my midday swim 2) Seeing lots of new, cool venues (makes me hungry to get back into the game and do my own bar/cafe) 3) Changing the future beer offerings of venues for the better 4) Meeting and dealing with all types of characters in the trade – P.S. I love my job.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
I remember a few turning points in my beer palate journey… 1) Drinking Budějovický Budvar underneath the Charles Bridge in Prague 2) White Rabbit Dark Ale on tap and finally 3) without been biased – my Pacific Ale addiction.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
Drinking Budvar in Prague – the location, the flavour – oh, the memories!
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
I always say there are three types of beer drinkers 1) lager drinkers 2) ale drinkers 3) all beer drinkers. I fall under the last category and it depends on the day and place etc. but a pint of Guinness on Paddy’s Day is one of my favourite pastimes.
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 would head to Craft Retail and let my friend, Les Riddell, shop for me.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I have a man-cave and office where all of my paraphernalia lives. Not to mention the storage boxes of beer collectables from the years of hospitality trade that my wife has so nicely let me keep (or should I say packed away out of sight, never to be seen again). I also have a fine collection of beer shirts.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
I like the fact that now in Brisbane it’s becoming more frequent to drink good craft beer in lots of venues. I love having beers anywhere in Brisbane with mates, friends and family. I do like my Good Friday beer catch-ups. Every Good Friday my wife and I put on a feast, two tap miracle box and enjoy a good old ho down with friends. We call it the “Loaves and Fishes Party”.
What is so good about it there?
If you’re talking about our Loaves and Fishes Party well it’s the 5kg barramundi we cook and the late night party/dancing shenanigans we get up to.
Bottles or cans?
I like bottles. However, we all need a fishing beer so cans do serve their purpose. Cans are also good for making Wizard Sticks!
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
It’s already starting now. Big pubs have realised they need to play in the craft beer game more so than ever. They are now sharing their tap line-ups with some good craft breweries while still offering their standard beer. Good to see the operators and big breweries realising they need to share and play with the craft guys.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
I always wanted to own a bar on a beach (keep the dream alive – Kokamo) but I still see myself working in the liquor industry in some form or fashion. However, I would like my own café/bar/Empire on the side at some stage.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
Well, if you gave me another $100 to go beer shopping I can answer that question very easily. Otherwise, Rory Gibson used to be my favourite beer journalist and I do look forward to his weekly column in Sundays U mag. His outlook on life is great. It contains such satire and sarcasm with a not-so-serious outlook on life. It’s a very funny read.
…and so was that Hughberto! Cheers for taking part and thanks also for leaving everybody with thoughts of Loaves and Fishes!
Join me next week when we’ll hear from the brains behind an existing bar in Brisbane…as well as a new one.
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.