‘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 of the SA craft beer industry. 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!
Say hello to Jason Harris, the other half of Big Shed Brewing Concern. Craig Basford (featured earlier) and Jason Harris make a great team, with their care free nature and often jovial mannerisms. Jason or Jase as he is also know by, is featured on the Golden Stout Time label. If you haven’t seen the label before, he is dressed ever so elegantly in a leopard skin wresting outfit and is lifting a barbel with confectionary weights. Take a look at what he thinks of the craft beer industry and where he think it may be heading in the future.
Q1. Who are you and how are you involved in the SA beer industry?
Jason Harris – Co Founder & Junior Vice President, Sales & Operations of Big Shed Brewing Co (I can’t have a serious job title, that’s not craft).
Q2. What are some of the great moments you have had whilst being involved in this industry?
I would say so far, debuting at GABS2015 with a top 3 result with Golden Stout Time as a mostly unknown brewery. Then backing this up with Beery Ripe Porter, a Cherry Ripe inspired beer.
Q3. Predicting the future, what trends are coming in the near future for beer in Australia?
That craft will be more widely accepted in day to day venues not just specialist venues or ones that experiment. I also see more co-operation between breweries with a potential to coexist in the same building and share resources.
Q4. What is your favourite beer style and how did this come to be?
The American Indian/Pale Ale was something that has never stopped being in my top 3 beers even when something else comes along, it always comes back to the top of my list. My interest peaked when I was buying from a monthly subscription, online beer retailer and more and more interesting IPA’s kept being delivered to my door.
Q5. Where is one place that you would love to see good beer served?
Major sporting events.
Q6. Do you have any exciting news you can share with me? Maybe about future plans, collaborations or anything new?
We have some short listed plans to do some more expansion at the brewery in Royal Park. Otherwise some other plans aren’t quite ready to reveal publicly. Watch this space.
Q7. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My 3-year-old tossing me a wild head butt. He wakes up full of energy unlike myself. I suppose the main thing that drives me, is I am not yet ready to say I am happy with where we are at as a business. I am still keen to explore more styles, more growth and to meet more of the people who support our business.
Q8. Do you dream about beer? If so, what is your most memorable dream about beer?
Can’t say beer has ever popped into my dreams.
Q9. What is your favourite season for beer drinking? Why?
Probably winter and summer. As they complement deep dark beers and punching pales nicely.
Q10. If you could choose any profession, what would it be? Why?
Probably a professional race car driver. I did some racing when I was younger and I still, to this day, miss it and want to get back and involved when I can. But I am pretty happy with the path I’m already on, co-owning a beer empire will be pretty sweet.
Talks of a brewery expansion in Royal Park and the thought of exploring different beer styles is an exciting prospect for Big Shed Brewing Concern. It seems that the #westsidemassive is only going to grow and build. Next to feature on this segment is Gareth Lewis, owner of the King’s Head Hotel and one third of the Adelaide Beer and BBQ festival crew. Cheers.