Welcome to the light hearted, introductory style segment that is a rare insight into the lives, the inner workings and the sometimes crazy shenanigans of the South Australian craft beer scene. Haaaaaave you met, shines a spotlight on the brewery owners, the brewers, venue managers, the beer pourers, the sales representatives, bottle shop workers and the beer drinkers that make the SA beer industry unique. We will discover their inner secrets, find out what gets them out of bed in the morning and we might even unravel some exclusive news along the way. The hard questions have been asked, so you don’t have to. Enjoy!
Meet Craig Basford, one half of the Big Shed Brewing team. Craig always takes his beer seriously but never himself, which is evident from the ‘Fresh as F*#@’ Will Smith T-shirt he is wearing in this picture. Craig and Jason (other half) are the masters behind beers such as F-Yeah, Frankenbrown, Golden Stout Time and Californicator just to name a few. Craig answered some questions so we could have a glimpse into what makes him tick.
Q1. Who are you and how are you involved in the SA beer industry?
Craig Basford – Owner/director/beer slinger and social media whore of the good ship Big Shed Brewing Concern.
Q2. What are some of the great moments you have had whilst being involved in this industry?
Seeing our beers get some Melbourne love at GABS last year is up there. Always love meeting people at events and talking beer with them. The after-hours fun that goes on with our industry peers (the exact details remain classified).
Q3. Predicting the future, what trends are coming in the near future for beer in Australia?
People are going to become more aware of the joy of drinking fresh local products. If it hasn’t travelled far, that’s a big plus. I think venues are re-thinking their tap contracts as more punters vote with their feet. Venues are looking to points of difference and craft offers that, in spades.
Q4. What is your favourite beer style and how did this come to be?
The next beer. I will always have a soft spot for milk stout as it was the 1st truly different beer I had. It opened my eyes to all I didn’t know about what a beer could be.
Q5. Where is one place that you would love to see good beer served?
In a bar with a rubbish salad bar, roast of the day specials, Keno and TAB. When this is happening, craft has gained wide acceptance and people are drinking their local product. That will be a good day.
Q6. Do you have any exciting news you can share with me? Maybe about future plans, collaborations or anything new?
That too, is classified.
Q7. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The idea, that we can make a beer that makes someone’s day. It can be the perfect end to a good day or the best part of a shit one.
Q8. Do you dream about beer? If so, what is your most memorable dream about beer?
No, but beer thoughts and ideas can keep me up at night.
Q9. What is your favourite season for beer drinking? Why?
Each season has a beer that best suits it. That’s why Adelaide’s climate is so good for beer, as it has distinct times for all the styles. A big roasted stout in the winter brings me the same giddy joy that a Belgian wheat does on X-mas day.
Q10. If you could choose any profession, what would it be? Why?
If we weren’t balls deep in BSBC and was planning on changing now, I would still have to be somewhere near this scene, as it is full of the most fun loving, passionate and genuine people around. Maybe a beer journalist, as you get all the beer for free 🙂 (love you Matty).
Well, there you go, the first ‘Haaaaaave You Met……’ segment and by the sounds of things, Big Shed Brewing Concern have some big plans they are keeping on the down low for now. Next up is Craig’s partner in crime Jason Harris.