September 5, 2014 by 250 Beers
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‘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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In the wake of the opening of Australia’s largest James Squire brew pub in South Bank – The Charming Squire – it seems rather fitting to feature the on-site brewer this week.
Here is Anthony Clem…
Brewer at Brisbane’s James Squire Brew Bar – The Charming Squire.
How long have you been doing that for?
We’ve only just opened The Charming Squire but I’ve been with Castlemaine Perkins Brewery in Milton for a year now.
What were you up to before that?
For the past year I’ve been with Brewer Castlemaine Perkins Brewery, Milton. Prior to that I was the Brewing Operations Leader at Australian Beer Company (Casella Wines/CCA joint venture) and before that I was Brewer at Knappstein Enterprise Brewery in the Clare Valley.
What is the best part about your job?
Taste profiling of beer for quality control is pretty good!
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
I had a fresh bottle of Pilsner Urquell and remember thinking this is what it is all about!
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
I had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweiss off tap in Melbourne and thought that it was pretty awesome. I was trying to brew a good wheat beer at the time so this may have influenced things slightly.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
Depends on the occasion a bit, although I do have a soft spot for a decent hoppy Bavarian Style lager.
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 have to go with a carton of James Squire Hop Thief (the new season version) and a case of Southwark Stout, that might crack the 100.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I have bit of a collection of stolen beer glasses from around the world and a stack of beer books that my wife keeps hassling me about.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
The Charming Squire of course. After that, Archive in West End is pretty good or Tippler’s Tap in Newstead.
What is so good about it there?
The whole range of James Squire beers along with some limited release beers and good Australian craft beer.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
The craft beer movement in Queensland seems to be gaining in momentum, however it would be excellent to see some more quality Queensland craft beers on a few more taps around the place. It would also be fantastic to see some greater tax concessions for the craft brewers.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully still brewing some very tasty beers in sunny Queensland.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
250 Beers of course and Brews News.
If you read this Anthony – thanks a lot for your time. I’ll come and seek you out next week!
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.