April 25, 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.
A slight twist this week in that there is no rep, no bar manager and no retail outlet or brewer in sight. Instead, I’m extremely pleased to welcome Bethany Watt to my weekly feature. Bethany, along with cohort Tom, are behind the printed publication The Great South Yeast which is all about the better beer (and way more) in the areas throughout Brisbane and beyond. You’ll find this A5 sized gem at all good craft beer venues around Brisbane.
The Great South Yeast officially launches next Tuesday at The Scratch. Get yourself over to Park Road from 7pm and support this wonderful, quarterly venture.
Without further ado, here’s Bethany…
What is your day job?
I work at Queensland Museum – hanging out with the dinosaurs. I also do some work as a graphic artist.
How long have you been doing that for?
A little over three years.
What were you up to before that?
I have a long history of retail slavery.
What is the best part about your job?
Queensland Museum is the most exciting place in Brisbane – the best part about my job is where I work.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
To be honest, I think my brother’s attempts at home-brew influenced my redemption. Not to say that his first batches were all fabulous, they weren’t, but they inspired my desire for complexity in a beer.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
Odin’s Tipple – HaandBryggeriet. Thanks to the Norse god for sharing this malty goodness. Out of the bottle in 2011, this chocolatey, roasty brew nearly knocked me off my bar stool and onto my knees.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
My last response is indicative of a penchant for Russian Imperial Stouts….winter is coming! Oh, and why? Because they make my palate feel like it is 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 invest it all in Queensland brewed beers – at least one bottle from every brewery I can think of.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I too have a collection of empty beer bottles – there isn’t really a good reason for this kind of behaviour.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
The answer to this question depends on ‘when’ said decent beer is to be grabbed. After work means The Scratch or Archive and, if it isn’t a miscellaneous sporting night, I like a pot or two at Cartel. If I’m hungry, I’d have to consider Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall or Tippler’s Tap and if I’m feeling up for paddles, you’ll find me at Newstead Brewing Co or Brewhouse. I have also developed a recent fondness for hanging with Bill Murray at The Bearded Lady. There really are so many great watering holes in Brisbane at the moment, obviously I haven’t mentioned them all. Maybe I should l make a magazine for them?
What is so good about it there?
All aforementioned come stocked with switched on staff, classy proprietors and a super selection of Queensland brewed beers.
Bottles or cans?
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
I’m really into Brisbane. The Great South Yeast was created with the hope of bringing the beer loving community together in celebration. It is a tribute to the great changes we have already witnessed in the local brewing scene. So I guess I hope that it keeps on developing and more people experience the joy of great locally made brews.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
In the year 2019, drinking delicious Queensland beer.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
“No thanks, I’m busy”
Thanks to Bethany for her responses. She helped me out with this whilst juggling a plate piled high with personal stuff – I really appreciate her time. Don’t forget about next Tuesday at The Scratch! See you there.
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.