April 18, 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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In the chair this week is Noah Hallaway from Cartel Bar on Brisbane’s Caxton Street (formerly CaXXXXton Street). Cartel is one of our city’s oldest craft beer venues – pouring good beer since 2011. Up you step Noah…
What is your day job?
I am co-owner of Cartel Bar.
How long have you been doing that for?
We have been open for 3.5 years.
What were you up to before that?
I have been working in hospitality for 21 years now. I have done everything from commercial cooking, wine tasting, barista, restaurant manager, etc.
What is the best part about your job?
I get to work with my friends and for myself. And I get to sell a product that I thoroughly enjoy.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
I grew up in the North East of the USA so I was raised on amazing beer. My first real beer love was the Redhook Double Black Stout from Maine.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
To this day I am still amazed at the Innis and Gunn scotch ale.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
I am partial to scotch ales at the moment but I do enjoy cheap American lagers like Shlitz when I visit home.
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 straight to The Scratch and go through the taps and as much of the fridge as possible.
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?
Cartel of course!! Or The Scratch, or Tipplers, or Bosc or etc… It just depends on your suburb. We are spoilt for choice of great venues now.
What is so good about it there?
All of the local craft beer joints are amazing in that we share a love for this wonderful product and each place showcases it differently.
Bottles or cans?
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
I hope that we continue to grow as a community but make sure that we don’t become elitist d-bags. There is nothing worse than an uppity beer snob that used to be a closet beer geek. Cartel has been here for 3.5 years now which is longer than most other craft beer places in brisbane. We have watched the scene grow and mature and have enjoyed watching the changes in the beer culture in Brisbane.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
I would like to have another couple of bars so I can concentrate on my personal life a bit more – the Xbox isn’t going to play itself.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
Hahahaha. Well played.
Thanks to Noah for being Firkin #24. Next week we’ll hear from a lady that might be unfamiliar to many readers and followers of this here blog. I’ll try and rectify that in seven days time.
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.