‘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!
Introducing Gareth Lewis, a man with many responsibilities, including owner of The King’s Head Hotel, Sturt Street Cellars, part owner of Jack Ruby and he also has a hand in the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival. Gareth is a strong supporter of all South Australian produce, namely SA beer. The King’s head and Sturt Street Cellars stocks only South Australian, independently owned goods. Take a look at his answers and learn a little more about Gareth and what he does.
Q1. Who are you and how are you involved in the SA beer industry?
Gareth Lewis, owner of King’s Head Hotel, Sturt Street Cellars and Jack Ruby plus 1/3 of the team behind Adelaide Beer & BBQ Fest.
Q2. What are some of the great moments you have had whilst being involved in this industry?
Through the pub we have been proudly serving 100% SA beer since 2008 forging great relationships with the punters and brewers alike. Our inaugural Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival in 2015 attracting 8,000 punters drinking great beer was a proud moment for us.
Q3. Predicting the future, what trends are coming in the near future for beer in Australia?
I think the patriotism of drinking and eating culture will get stronger and the drink local motto thrive. I also think the sour revolution still has a lot to play out.
Q4. What is your favourite beer style and how did this come to be?
I’m a traditionalist having grown up on Coopers Pale Ale, so pales and darks usually. But anything sour at the moment is floating my boat also.
Q5. Where is one place that you would love to see good beer served?
Q6. Do you have any exciting news you can share with me? Maybe about future plans, collaborations or anything new?
We are hoping to grow ABBF (Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival) and take it on the road in 2017, exposing great SA beer to people all over the country.
Q7. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Our great staff and punters.
Q8. Do you dream about beer? If so, what is your most memorable dream about beer?
Usually only when I have had too many.
Q9. What is your favourite season for beer drinking? Why?
All year around, but specifically winter, that’s the reason we started our festival in the coldest month of the year in Adelaide, July.
Q10. If you could choose any profession, what would it be? Why?
Reporter for Rolling Stone.
When most other beer festivals are a summery affair, Gareth and his team have allowed drinkers to explore the full colour spectrum by having the ABBF in winter; genius. It is exciting news to hear the festival hitting the road in 2017 as well. Thanks Gareth. Next up is Marc Huber, also one of the Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival organisers but well known as a beer pusher for Mismatch Brewing Company.