August 22, 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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Last weekend, Bacchus Brewing Co. flung up their roller door and announced their brand new brewery bar and cellar door OPEN! Ross Kenrick – owner of said establishment – puts pen to paper a mere nine months after first being invited on here. He’s been busy building a bar for goodness sake!
Here he is – Brewmaster Kenrick…
Owner and Brewmaster of Bacchus Brewing Co. I also own and operate CraftBrewer (Home brew supplies), The PubShop (everything bar related from glass holders to jukeboxes) and Tube & Rail (commercial bar fittings in brass & stainless).
How long have you been doing that for?
Approximately ten years now. Bacchus Brewing for the last five years.
What were you up to before that?
I ran my own Scrap Metal business (ScrapMetal Trading P/L), trading containers of scrap metal around the world.
What is the best part about your job?
Seeing people enjoy our beers and then helping those interested in making the same quality of beer themselves at home.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
I was brought up on real ale back in England so there was no real ‘epiphany beer’. It was the total lack of full flavoured beers in Australia that got me brewing my own and then the slippery slope into businesses that now consumes all of my time.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
The Abyss by Deschutes in the USA. In Australia – Billy B’s Golden Apple Beer.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
I really have no preferred style. I’m fortunate in that I love them all (except ginger beer). It really depends on the situation and the mood. I do prefer beers with balance though – a beer can be extreme but without balance they rarely rock my boat.
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 seek out some new sours that I haven’t tried before.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I used to collect bottles but they started to take over. Now I just have a couple of nice display cabinets for my drinking glasses.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
Like my preferred beers, it really depends on the mood. There is now such a marvellous choice throughout Brisbane and the suburbs. On a personal note, we have just opened our new brewery bar down in Capalaba.
What is so good about it there?
…continued plug….you can sit at the bar and watch the brewers making our beers and they’ll be the guys serving you. 15 Bacchus beers on tap including 2 hand pumps and cask serving real ale, growler fills available now and bottles coming soon.
Bottles or cans?
Despite cans probably being the better vessel for beer storage and they certainly have their place, I personally prefer bottles especially for the more top-end beers.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
To see Brisbane bars primarily stocking locally produced, good quality, fresh beer. We have such a great scene growing here with the nicest people, the friendliest bars and some of the best breweries in Australia.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
I’d love to see a Bacchus Beer Hall in the City somewhere. Realistically, unless there are some backers out there, I’ll be sat at my brewery bar in Capalaba waxing lyrical about beer.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
Unfair question! You know I love you all. Just continue to keep informing and educating the public to the pleasures of good beer.
Aw, a very diplomatic and heartfelt answer at the end there Ross! I made it thirteen beer bloggers in Brisbane during a recent count. I’ll get around to listing them all soon. Thanks to Ross for his time during a busy week. Get down and check out his new bar if you can make it! You’ll find beer at 1/2 Christine Place, Capalaba, QLD 4157.
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.