August 29, 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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Brisbanites used to be able to count their great, craft beer wielding bottle shops on one hand (on one finger at one point!). You now need more than just five digits thanks in part to Malt Traders on Market Street. The location of my new job means that Malt Traders is no longer out of reach for a lunchtime stroll. They stock a decent array of crafty delights as well as a plush growler filling station – the shop is well worth a look if you’ve never been.
Let me introduce you to Greg, the manager…
Wine Pimp and Beer Pusher/ Manager of Malt Traders.
How long have you been doing that for?
I joined the family late February, a month after the opening.
What were you up to before that?
I started working in hospitality when I was still in high school and have been working in/running restaurants and bars ever since. This is my first bottle shop role. I did a little bit of DJ stuff spinning records for a couple of years too.
What is the best part about your job?
Hunting down new crafty beers for the kids to get in their gob.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
Like most people in the game, I don’t think it was any particular beer or moment that defined a change in my taste. It’s always been about quality and flavour for me.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
The best beer unquestionably that I have drunk recently would have to be the Renaissance Grandmaster Imperial IPA. Damn tasty!
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
Pilsners, pales – any clean refreshing citrus style beers but I have been loving red hoppy ales lately too. 5am Saint by BrewDog and such.
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 go to Malt Traders and drink singles from the fridge until they kick me out or until my $100 bucks is dusted!
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
Bottles, glassware, promos, hats, bottle openers, shirts and every other piece of boozy crap you could think of is laying around my place.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
If I didn’t say “Malt Traders” I may not be popular with the big boss next week… but seriously, I’ve stocked over 70 craft beers in Malt Traders and look for new and unusual gear every week.
What is so good about it there?
Drinking awesome, obscure and interesting beers at retail price plus the growler station, whisky, wine and everything in between. Enough said really.
Bottles or cans?
I try not to be racist.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
To sustain and prosper!
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
It would probably be about time I owned my own bar or something…or I could be running a chain of Malt Trader stores. Who knows?!
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
“I’ve heard this guy Darren pumps out a pretty wicked one called ‘250 Beers’. You should check it out.”
Thanks to Greg for his time. As with most of the featured ‘firkins’, Greg is a busy guy so I really appreciate the responses. He was ‘firkin’ number 43 don’t you know. As I mentioned above, Malt Traders is well worth a look. You can find them at 10 Market Street in Brisbane’s CBD.
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