Who the firkin hell is…Emily Russell?


March 7, 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 I’m elated to be able to feature Emily Russell. Who the firkin hell is Emily Russell? Read on…

Emily Russell

What is your day job?

Nurse Educator, Queensland Health and co-owner of Tippler’s Tap and (the soon to open) Tomahawk Bar.

How long have you been doing that for?

Nurse Educator for 2+ years. Tippler’s for about 18 months.

What were you up to before that?

I spent the better part of a year in Abu Dhabi as a lady of leisure (I wouldn’t recommend it). Before that, doing what nursing is best for, flitting around the countryside.

What is the best part about your job?

The people on both accounts…and the beer.

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

I can’t recall an exact beer but I drank a lot of Belgians during the obligatory sabbatical to the UK. In more recent years I’d have to say Pliny the Elder was a fuzzy introduction to bucket loads of hops.

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

Many…Feral Brewing Boris, Mornington Peninsula Imperial Amber Ale, Russian River Brewing Pliny the Elder, Cigar City Brewing Cucumber Saison, Dogfish Head Sah’Tea & Midas Touch.

What is your preferred style of beer and why?

My preferred style is dependent on my taste buds at the time and the weather – I’m fickle like that. Right now my beer fridge is stocked with porters and stouts awaiting the cooler weather because they taste delicious but also because I’m in the family way, they keep well and I didn’t want to miss 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?

I’d use it as bribery to convince Ross Kenrick to brew me a cucumber saison.

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


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

The Scratch.

What is so good about it there?


Bottles or cans?


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

That craft beer becomes the norm to the point where I’m not disappointed with the drinks menu of most restaurants and you don’t have to seek out a specialty bar to get a decent beer.

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

If you’d told me 5 years ago what I’d be doing today I would not have believed you…so in 5 more years, I have no idea.

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

Gee, I don’t know, Darren. Perhaps you should ask sometime?

Thanks to Emily for being a part of this! She is an unsung hero and I really appreciate her taking part.   

Next week I’ll bring you the firkin lowdown on somebody heavily involved in a brewery that is about to celebrate an anniversary… 

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


One thought on “Who the firkin hell is…Emily Russell?

  1. Quinn says:

    Thanks for this! Emily’s story is very inspiring for someone who has dreamt of opening a craft beer establishment. Love the Brissy beer scene and look forward to checking out Tomahawk.

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