September 26, 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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If you’ve ever ventured into that tidy little corner block on Grey Street called Tomahawk Bar then you’ve surely met this week’s guest. His name is Myles Prangnell and he certainly knows his stuff. He never shies away from a chat about the finer beers on offer and, well, he’s just a top bloke.
Here is Myles…
I’m a Duty Manager at Tomahawk Bar, in South Brisbane.
How long have you been doing that for?
Around 6 months. I started in April 2014 when the venue opened.
What were you up to before that?
I was Senior Bartender at the Thirsty Crow Brewery in Wagga Wagga, NSW.
What is the best part about your job?
Being able to showcase premium products to both seasoned craft beer drinkers and assisting new punters in beer selection. Both are really rewarding when you’ve handed a customer something completely new to them but a product that they immediately love.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – I couldn’t get my head around the flavour; so much so that I had to keep going back for it. It completely changed my view on the way I could drink and enjoy beer. From then on, any large commercially brewed beer just couldn’t even compare.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
To Øl – Black Malts & Body Salts. The use of French press coffee allowed for a lingering aromatic roast flavour, which rounded off this superbly brewed Imperial Black IPA.
I was spoilt the day I drank this.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
I like a big robust porter or imperial stout. The darker the better: it’s good for the heart & soul.
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?
Definitely looking for a couple of amber or red ale bottles to start with then for a porter or brown ale just to balance out this session. Final beers being an imperial stout to top the night off.
I would probably even get a block of 80%-95% cocoa dark chocolate to complete the stout.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I have started collecting a couple of bottles I have drunk such as Clown Shoes, Mikkeller and To Øl. The bottle artwork is incredible and the beer even better.
I am all about good design and so if a bottle label doesn’t stand out to me, I won’t be that excited for the beer inside.
It’s not just about brewing a good beer, presentation is everything.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
During one of my first trips to Brisbane, my partner took me out one night, I didn’t know where we were going. She knew I liked craft and had sussed out The Scratch and took me there.
I was hooked on the hopped ice-cream.
What is so good about it there?
The Scratch has this real easy vibe to it like that mates place that you would go hang out at every weekend.
Bottles or cans?
Bottles! There is nothing more appealing than a nice big bottle. I even enjoy the different shapes of bottles like Moo Brew’s.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
I hope to see the industry continue to develop as it has done so over the past five (or so) years. That is, a city that not only produces good craft beer but supports our local businesses, dive bars, pubs, clubs and festivals.
Brisbane already feels like the capital of craft beer in Australia. I can only hope it continues to become bigger and stronger.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Maybe assisting brewing or running a small dive bar.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
Well, it would most definitely be 250 Beers and the Crafty Pint.
Thanks to Myles for his time and efforts. Next time you’re in Tomahawk, go and say hi to him and let him know I said thanks for having to go and search for a ‘Ø’ twice when formatting his responses!
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.