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Who the firkin hell is…Josh Collins?

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April 3, 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.

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After two fake episodes of ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ last week as part of the Scratch vs Tippler’s Brewsvegas 2015 shenanigans (both sides of course paid me handsomely), it really is back to normal now.

Easter is upon us and it’s only fair that a good egg is featured this week. So, up steps Josh Collins from Black Bunny Kitchen on the Sunshine Coast. He’s one of the best around and I’m not yolking.

Here’s Josh…

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What is your day job?

Taker of orders from my wife and head keg wrangler at Black Bunny Kitchen. 

How long have you been doing that for?

Just over 12 months.

What were you up to before that?

Former National Group Hotel Manager (both ALH and Coles) then Gold Coast Surf Clubs and nightclubs previously.

What is the best part about your job?

Really? Beer. New beer that I haven’t tried, old beer that I liked, crazy beer, local beer and beer that came on a ship. So yeah, beer…. 

What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?

I grew up in New Zealand and the emergence of specialty Belgian bars in the late 1990’s made me realise that beer could be much, much more interesting than Tui and Lion Red. So, probably Leffe, Hoegaarden etc. I was lucky enough to visit Belgium in 2008 and it was as good as I expected. Cool bars and cafes, great beer and really relaxed attitude to going out. 

Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?

Kaiju’s Metamorphosis was a pretty cool one and probably the first time I had Noisy Minor’s ANZUS. Both hoppy and bitter but both sessionable beers. Also, the first time I had Nail’s Clout Stout. Stout was something that I appreciated but I never really sought out. Clout changed that. I now find comfort in the dark.

What is your preferred style of beer and why?

IPA. I like the bitterness and array of flavour that can be imparted through hops. Really though anything that is flavoursome and has some balance.

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?

Anything that I haven’t had before. Make it $200 and I’ll even buy you one…. 

I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?

Promo shit that I will never use, never really wanted and keep moving with me from house to house. Dumb hey?! Also, out-dated tap parts and gas regulators etc.

In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?

Green Beacon, Fortitude Brewing, Newstead Brewing and The Scratch. 

What is so good about it there?

The brewpubs because they make good beer and it’s not unusual to find something there that is not widely available. The Scratch because there is a lot of good beer but a lot of mischief too. 

Bottles or cans?

Cans…because I’m a hipster tragic and worried that I won’t fit in if I say bottles.

What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?

To keep growing and remain independent. Sorry but not sorry, ALH and Coles’ pubs changed the hotel industry in Queensland particularly (for the worse). I just hope that the craft industry remains independent and looks after its independent small bars.

This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?

Probably still trying to finish these questions. Is this the inquisition? 

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.

Cheers to Josh for his time. He’s a very, very busy boy and I really appreciate it. Black Bunny Kitchen is part of a small bunch of venues doing amazing things for craft beer up on the Sunshine Coast. If you get the chance – even if you’re passing through Alex Heads – duck in and say hi. 

Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.

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