Who the firkin hell is…Brisbane CWA?


May 30, 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.

Another twist this week. There’s no brewer, no retailer and certainly no reps in sight. Instead, I’m proud to feature a collective in the form of the Brisbane Chicks With Ales (CWA).

The CWA ladies are a group of like-minded passionate beer lovers that meet on a monthly basis at different venues around Brisbane.

Here is Linda, Kate, Jess and Donna…

L-R Linda, Kate, Jess and Donna

L-R Linda, Kate, Jess and Donna

What is your day job?

We each work in different sectors outside the beer industry (a textile artist, a planner, a finance officer and a nurse) but love of beer brought us together to form Brisbane Chicks With Ales.

How long have you been doing that for?

We’ve been hosting beer tasting and education for women for just over a year.

What were you up to before that?

We generally hovered around bars outside of our full-time jobs.

What is the best part about your job?

We love meeting new people and talking beer. We’ve been overwhelmed by the beery-love that pumps through Brisbane’s veins.

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

We each have different ones. Jess and Linda are hop-lovers, Kate a malt-lover, Donna a malt and hop-lover (less discriminating some may say).

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

Linda: Bacchus’ White Chocolate Pilsner

Kate: Garage Project’s Hot Buttered Bastard Rye which they brewed for Beervana in 2013. It is like nothing I’ve ever had before. Plus, I have a beery-crush on Pete and Jos!

Jess: Motueka Raven by Yeastie Boys. Perhaps this was influenced by the venue – the Little Beer Quarter in Wellington, NZ. The beer was dark, hoppy and delicious. The perfect finale to a big afternoon scouting beer bars in Wello.

Donna: Moon Dog’s Jumping the Shark cognac barrel aged truffled imperial stout – how can you go wrong?

What is your preferred style of beer and why?

Linda: I cannot remember the beer but I love the sensation of walking into a bar knowing that there will be a beer there that I haven’t yet tried.

Kate: Anything dark and delicious (or maybe a barley wine). I think it is my love of cold climates and warming beers.

Jess: I am a hop head. West Coast IPA me baby!

Donna: I’ve had too many now to remember the origins of the change. I am happy every day that I made the change.

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?

We’d try and buy a few beers to share. We all love pushing our tastes and are prepared to give anything a go.

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

We all have a number of empty beer bottles to help remember different experiences. Donna is currently planning on building a bar with her collection.

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

As we all reside in Brisbane’s inner-south we love having Tomahawk nearby. The food is bloody awesome and it is nice to have familiar faces there.

What is so good about it there?

The food, the beer and the stumbling distance home.

Bottles or cans?

We agree that it’s what is on the inside that counts. Quality over quantity and packaging (although Kate is notorious for buying beer based on the label).

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

That the industry continues to thrive and that we continue to see more and more women involved! We’d also like break the stereotype that women like light and sweet beers; our experience from running CWA events is that women have quite adventurous palates.

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

Whilst the four of us established Brisbane CWA, we would like to think it is a concept owned by everyone who comes along. We’d like to see our events grow but have them influenced by anyone who wants to be involved. 

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

Whilst we each have our favorites, the one that Brisbane CWA (as a collective) loves the concept of is The Beeroness. A few of us use it as a resource to impress guests with beery-food goodness. Oh, and yours of course Darren…

Thanks to the Brisbane CWA ladies for taking the time to get together and answer my questions. It probably wasn’t too much of a chore to be honest as I bet beer was involved in the rendezvous! I’d like to publicly wish Kate all the very best of luck for her impending move to Melbourne with her partner, Kris.

Brisbane CWA can be found on Facebook here and, if you’re tempted to get along to the next get-together, drop the girls a line via email –

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


4 thoughts on “Who the firkin hell is…Brisbane CWA?

  1. Jasmine S. says:

    You should be in the next CWA Males with Ales calendar Darren! 🙂

  2. […] beer scene but are – in my opinion – significant to the movement. Bethany Watt and Brisbane CWA are fine examples. This week, as ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ number 33, I’d […]

  3. […] In fact, Kate featured on ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ back in May as part of Brisbane Chicks With Ales. This is the first instance where both partners in a relationship have appeared on ‘Who the […]

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