June 5, 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.
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Mister Bravo – a man whose name suggests an element of super hero…or at least cartoon character. How much super, what quantities of hero and what cartoon similarities does my Newstead Brewing Co colleague possess?
Let’s find out.
Who the firkin hell is Jarrett Bravo…?
Yeast rancher at Newstead Brewing Co.
How long have you been doing that for?
18 months give or take.
What were you up to before that?
I was doing fit-outs for new Bunnings stores across Australia and New Zealand. Before that different hospitality roles for around 10 years.
What is the best part about your job?
There are too many parts. The creative side is probably the thing that I enjoy most. The social side of the job is also a massive plus.
What was your ‘epiphany beer’? The beer that made you ‘turn your back on cack’?
The beer that got me off crack was Caledonian 80/- when I lived in Scotland.
Have you ever had a beer that has totally blown you away? If so, what was it?
Unibroue’s La Fin du Monde rocked my world when I first tried it 10 years ago. More recently it would have to be Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum.
What is your preferred style of beer and why?
Easily IPA. I would definitely consider myself a hop head and a blue cheese lover. The two together = heaven.
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 would get a case of Nelson Brewing Co’s Organic Hemp Ale sent from Canada because it’s a fantastic beer and one that’s never made its way to Australia.
I have a large hoard of empty beer bottles and another of beer glassware. Do you have any beer-related vices?
I have a heap of glassware and beer mats in storage but that’s about it.
In your opinion, where’s the best place to grab a decent beer in Brisbane?
Brisbane Brewing Co’s venue at West End is one of my favourite places to chill at the moment, such a great vibe. I also frequent The Scratch, Tippler’s Tap and Brewski from time to time.
What is so good about it there?
As soon as you walk in it screams grab a beer, sit down and relax.
Bottles or cans?
I’m not overly fussed. More often than not it will end up in a glass anyway.
What are your hopes for the future of Brisbane’s craft beer industry?
I would love to see it expand more outside of the inner city.
This isn’t a job interview but where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully on the road to opening my own brewery would be a nice start.
What would your response be if somebody stopped you in the street and asked you what your favourite beer blog is?
Although I’m not 100% sure it’s a beer blog but from time to time there is beer talk, so I’d have to say Brewed, Crude & Bitter because I also like talking complete dribble sometimes so I can respect what they do.
Thanks Jarrett. Now get back to work pal.
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