October 3, 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.
Up this week is fellow British ex-pat, Steve Bardsley from Newstead Brewing Co (NBCo).
Steve and I could quibble all day long over whose accent is the silliest. Instead, lets see what he has to say for himself.
Global Sales Manager Newstead Brewing Company.
How long have you been doing that for?
What were you up to before that?
DB Breweries (NZ) 1997-2001
St. Arnou 2003-2008
CCA 2008-2009 (Bluetongue launch)
Back to St. Arnou 2009-2013
2013-2014 McLaren Vale Beer Company
What is the best part about your job?
All of it! From picking up an empty keg, delivering a few sleeves of coasters, having a beer with a customer, Friday afternoon keg deliveries through to signing a deal to secure a tap or three!
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
In England, Theakston’s Old Peculier. The beer that made Masham famous – brewed using the traditional Fuggle hop. In Australia as a backpacker (a few years ago now), Redback at the Brass Monkey in Perth.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
Hmmm, tough one and probably yet to find it…
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
At the moment, an IPA. I’m probably more of a hops man than a malt man. I do however like a good Pilsner (St. Arnou Pilsner was a cracker). Saaz hops giving it a clean, crisp finish. I wonder if Michael and Mark will brew one?
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?
$100!! That’s almost three cartons of some non-craft beer at most bottleshops – bargain. Though I’d probably indulge in a selection of Rogue beers.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I do have a few decals! On another note, beer system equipment! Anyone need a 1-tap counter top unit?
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
There’ are plenty of options as we all know. You can’t go wrong with Archive – one of the first of its kind in Brisbane and still going strong. NBCo though apparently has a good beer or two on tap including guests beers.
What is so good about it there?
Archive – plenty of choices tap and pack, good environment, good food and a game of pool/darts!
Bottles or cans?
Bottles, though cans are coming! Just can’t see anyone doing a torpedo with a good tin of craft beer! Decanting will require some education?
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
It’s looking bright and all being well there will be a few more players. There is room for a few more.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Intergalactic Sales Manager Newstead Brewing Co. Though I’ll settle for National Sales Manager!
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
Jeez, you ask some tough questions! Let me think….25 something. Still thinking….250 something. Sorry Darren, this one has escaped me! Let me know if you come across one!
Cheers to Steve for taking part. NBCo beers are appearing around town more frequently these days and it’s down to this man. Keep an eye out for the recently released core range of beers in bottles too!
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.