Who the firkin hell is…Wayne Montgomery?

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March 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 features none other than Wayne Montgomery from Brewhouse Brisbane. If you’ve ever been in to enjoy some of Brisbane Brewing Co.’s beers then there’s a strong chance that you would have been served by this always-smiling chap from New Zealand… 


What is your day job?

Manager at the Brisbane Brewhouse. 

How long have you been doing that for?

Coming up 12 months.

What were you up to before that?

I was venue manager at The Park Hotel – a craft beer bar/restaurant in Melbourne.

What is the best part about your job?

Socialising and drinking all the different beers.

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

It would have to be Fat Yak (Matilda Bay).

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

Holgate’s Millennium Falcon is pretty full-on.

What is your preferred style of beer and why?

I like imperial IPAs. I just love the bitterness and hop flavour plus you only have to drink a couple to get on your way.

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 spend it all on Epic Hop Zombie.

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

I also have a lot of glasses. Just starting to dabble in making my own beer so that’s probably going to get me in trouble with the liver.

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

The Brewhouse.

What is so good about it there?

We have a great selection of beers from all over the world plus our own beer is just as good as anyones.

Bottles or cans?

I like the idea of cans as I like to go boating and camping. They’re more practical for those pursuits.

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

Brisbane is really taking off at the moment and that’s great to see. The general public is slowly coming across from the dark side.

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

I will have my own bar.

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

Two fifty beers.

Thank you to Wayne for answering my questions. It sounds as though anybody drinking his home brew could be in for a big surprise! If you haven’t been to the Brewhouse recently then take it from me, the beers are well worth a visit.

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


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