May 23, 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.
I have the pleasure of welcoming a fantastic local brewer to the fore this week. Here is Simeon Bonetti…
What is your day job?
I am the Head Brewer at Brisbane Brewing Co. which supplies beer to The Brewhouse in Woolloongabba.
How long have you been doing that for?
A little over a year now.
What were you up to before that?
I was managing a Home-Brew shop – sowing seeds of good food and drink with a DIY twist.
What is the best part about your job?
Despite the usual supposition of debaucherous beer-soaked slothenly nirvana, it’s actually the unpredictable and often long hours of sweaty, hard work that I like best. That and beer is pretty interesting stuff.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
Little Creatures Pale. I can remember being totally assaulted by the bitterness, and gobsmacked by the complete lack of batshit-boring-awful-bland taste that just about everything else on offer, at the time, seemed to have. More broadly, home-brewing opened up a parallel universe for me, which also had good and bad beer sensations, and seemed more wholesome and less to do with big business, branding, tied-pubs and bottleshops, and that kind of grubby cack.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier, which was the offer from the tap of a quiet little cafe pub in Munich that was a kind of home for a few weeks, super fresh and served table-service-style. So glorious!
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
A well-balanced UK style Ale generally has what I crave for in a beer. Usually quite moreish with an emphasis on drinkability, and offering the whole gamut of malt, hop, and yeast derived goodness.
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?
Either a big sack of sour cherries which I would give to beer or a case of Firestone Walker – Wookey Jack – Black Rye IPA which I would give to me.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
Mainly the drinking of beer – there’s a big vice I haven’t seemed to shake off. That and a modest collection of glassware to suit the robust purpose of beer drinking for varying occasions.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
Tippler’s Tap floats my boat.
What is so good about it there?
Ever-changing taps and nummy food that goes with beer so well!
Bottles or cans?
…and cans. Bottles are like soo yesterday.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
I hope more people demand good beer from their locals and favourite restaurants etc. Totally kills me going to an ace restaurant and seeing their beer menu is arse. So, continued education for the average beer drinker about different styles of beer and evaluating what they’re drinking. All in all things are pretty rad. Get on the good foot!
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Dang. Maybe growing hops in New Zealand? Setting up a farm with a cheesery? one
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
“Oh, it comes in Blogs now? I’m gettin’ one!”
Thanks to Sim for his time. If you haven’t had a chance to try any of Sim’s creations then Brewhouse Brisbane is definitely worth a visit. The food is pretty bloody good too!
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.