April 17, 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.
Up steps Mitchell Winlaw…
What is your day job?
Depends on the day. I study, work in a call centre and work at All Inn Brewing Co a couple of days a week. By far the most enjoyable is All Inn.
How long have you been doing that for?
Maybe six months, probably longer.
What were you up to before that?
A series of boring office and warehouse jobs before I decided to go to university.
What is the best part about your job?
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
I would have to say Coopers Pale Ale and Sparkling Ale…and later the Stout. However, it was probably the first day drinking beer at All Inn that got me really into beer.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
Recently I had a Fortitude/Noisy Minor ANZUS on tap which was pretty good.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
Anything dark really. I am really enjoying brown ales at the moment. Just ’cause.
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 probably buy a single bottle of stout worth $100. Or maybe one worth $93 and then get a single too.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
Yeah I have quite a few bottles gathering dust in the shed. I’m hoping to fill them with home brew soon though. I also collect new bottle caps.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
All Inn of course!
What is so good about it there?
The atmosphere and the beer. It’s all good.
Bottles or cans?
Cans but bottles too. As long as what’s inside tastes good I’m not too fussed.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
I’d like to see some more places in the ‘burbs appear to get a good beer. There are enough bars in the city.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully a paramedic moonlighting at a brewery.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
240 beers for sure!
I always try to fix up any glaring errors in the responses of guests. I’m certain that Mitchell’s ‘240 Beers’ was a pesky deliberate typo. I’ve left it in to humour him.
Cheers to Mitchell for his time. I saw him recently zooming around town in the All Inn van. If you see him, give him a wave! I haven’t been to the brewery for ages and will rectify that in the next week or so. A Banyo beer on a Friday is long overdue.
Previous ‘Who the firkin hell is…?’ appearances can be found by clicking here.