How long have you been at Uraidla Brewery?
I’ve been at the brewery since the start of 2020, so I’ve really seen a lot of the growth of Uraidla Brewery over the last couple of years.
What brought you into the brewing world?
I’ve always loved trying different beer from all over the world from the time I started drinking it. I was given a basic homebrew kit for my birthday one year and from that point it really became a serious obsession! After completing the TAFE SA Cert III Brewing course I did some work experience at Barossa Valley Brewing. I then studied Fundamentals of Brewing Science at The University of Adelaide, before landing a job with Modus Operandi (NSW) doing events/tastings etc. I was then scouted by Oscar via Lewis at Pirate Life for a brewing position at Uraidla.
What is your favourite style of beer?
My favourite beer styles are juicy IPAs, big barrel-aged stouts and barley wines, although I can’t get enough of a good, crisp clean lager (especially after a long day in the brewery!)
What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
Seeing people drinking and enjoying the beer we work so hard to produce and having the opportunity to interact with people at events like Beer & BBQ. That sort of feedback reminds you why you’re doing it! I also really enjoy the creative aspects and learning new processes and work-arounds for the various problems that pop up in the brewery. Always keeps you on your toes!
What do you do when not brewing?
Outside of work I perform guitar and vocals in a heavy metal band, I love to cook, grow food in the garden and to go out to eat and drink on the weekends.