March 13, 2015 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.
Jim Gold needs very little introduction. Many people have been used to seeing Jim around town since he immersed himself into Brisbane’s craft beer community a number of year’s ago. He’s been a target of mine to appear on this feature for quite some time. He actually featured on a faux Who the firkin hell is…? during Brewsvegas last year but it was just a prank by those lovable rogues at The Scratch during the infamous Scratch vs Tipplers ‘war’.
Jim has held various roles and positions of note and I’d probably consider him as one of the most recognisable beards in the industry. It seems timely and appropriate to showcase the man that takes his name from a strain of Castlemaine Perkins’ XXXX this week now that his new place of employment – Pumpyard Bar & Brewery in Ipswich – has very recently opened.
Venue manager and assistant brewer at 4 Hearts’ Pumpyard Bar & Brewery.
How long have you been doing that for?
What were you up to before that?
2IC at Tippler’s Tap in Newstead.
What is the best part about your job?
I get paid to work with beer every day in a very great industry. I’m a pretty lucky chap.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
Belgian beers were my first introduction to real beer. Chimay Grande Réserve was a beer that I used to buy not knowing anything about it, but quickly fell in love with it and it got me onto the path of good beer.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
A few actually. Cantillon’s “Fou’ Foune” was the first genuine lambic I’d tried and it absolutely blew me away. I’d never tried anything like that before, totally unique and mesmerising. Evil Twin’s “Even More Jesus” imperial stout is phenomenal and Thorogoods “Billy B’s Golden Apple Beer” is world class holy water made right here in Australia.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
Imperial Stout. Even better if it’s spent some time in a scotch or bourbon barrel.
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’d go to The Scratch and buy a bottle of Hargreaves Hill R.I.S and a cheese platter. Sorted.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I love a good brewery/beer related t-shirt (send em’ my way people, I’ll happily advertise your products on my body).
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
Newstead Brewing Co, Brewski and The Scratch.
What is so good about it there?
Newstead: Great beers and the food is fantastic.
Brewski: Matt Emmerson and everything else.
The Scratch: The Scratch is brilliant. The staff are legends, always changing beer list and it’s my absolute happy place.
Bottles or cans?
Cans prevent beer from becoming light struck better than bottles and they stack better on a cold room shelf. They’re also way better for camping/hiking/beach/pool drinking. If I’m drinking something super special though I think a bottle looks better in terms of presentation.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
Brisbane’s craft beer scene has exploded over the last three years so I hope to see sustainability within the craft beer community. Hospitality is a volatile industry that peaks and drops and the craft beer industry is not immune to that. I hope to see venues/breweries/bottleshops/wholesalers continue to thrive and I hope to see more and more people drinking good beer, supporting local businesses and helping the craft beer industry grow.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully in my dream job: 2IC glassy at The Scratch with a side gig writing a guest column once a month for Brewed, Crude and Bitter: print edition.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
Judd said if I don’t say “Brewed, Crude and Bitter” then I won’t get that column gig. Sorry Darren.
Good stuff. Thanks to Jim for taking part. It sure as hell sounds as though I’m in good company in terms of loving beer related tshirts. Mind you, who doesn’t?!
I was fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of Jim’s new Pumpyard workplace a week before it opened and I would highly recommend a visit to anybody that asked.
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.