Who the firkin hell is…Emily Tankey?

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May 2, 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.

If you’ve done the right thing and visited Bosc in Brisbane’s West End, you may well recognise this week’s featured firkin. Here is Emily Tankey… 

Emily Tankey Bosc

What is your day job?

By day I write romance novels for a little old company called Mills & Boon. When I was younger I found that a lot of my friends were lacking romance in their lives so I started sending them anonymous love letters to brighten their day. I found I had a natural talent for writing filthy novels and that’s when Mills & Boon contacted me and asked me to write for them. By night I am the bar manager/owner at Bosc.

How long have you been doing that for?

I have been here from the get go.

What were you up to before that?

Before that I was studying overseas, hitting golf balls professionally and pouring beers on the side.

What is the best part about your job?

The best part of my job would have to be getting to mingle with awesome people. It seems to be a thing that people who like craft beer just happen to be pretty great. People that drink it, sell it, all of them are not too shabby.

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

The first beer I had was in Boston maybe 12 years ago now when I was at college and I had this lecturer who was a craft beer fanatic. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it but I came back from college a changed lady.

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

Recently I have found the Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta IPA to be pretty sensational.

What is your preferred style of beer and why?

I really enjoy beers that have been bought for me. They taste a little better and if they are of the brown variety then they tick all the boxes.

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?

With the recent rain I’d have to say that I would get a case of the Cavalier Brown. So tasty!

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

When I was younger I had a thing for collecting bottle caps of all the different beers that I tried but someone threw it out.

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

These days there are so many great places to grab a beer but I’d have to say I really enjoy The Scratch and Kerbside.

What is so good about it there?

I think it’s that they make anyone that likes beer feel welcome no matter who you are.

Bottles or cans?

As long as it’s fresh I have no real preference.

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

My hopes would be that craft becomes the norm instead of the exception. That you’d have to go looking for a specialty bar that serves Carlton Draught instead of one that serves hop hog. That all fridges are overflowing with beers that have been handcrafted and made with passion.

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

In five years time I will be the female equivalent of David Attenborough. I would have travelled the world and discovered that unicorns are real and I will be famous for it. But I will also have set up an accounting practice above Bosc in my loft and be dishing out financial advice to those that love great beer.

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

What is a beer blog?

Cheers to Emily for taking part. I’m still slightly astounded by the Mills & Boon revelation!

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


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