‘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 Steve Ditton, venue manager of the Royal Oak Hotel in North Adelaide. North Adelaide and in particular O’Connell Street is a happening area, in order for a business to survive, they most stand out from the pack. The Royal Oak Hotel is the stand out craft beer pub in the area, with a smattering of great beers on tap and a sensational little beer garden. Steve is a great supporter of South Australian craft beer and it is evident in his answers, just how much he loves his job.
Q1. Who are you and how are you involved in the SA beer industry?
I am Steve Ditton, Venue Manager of the Royal Oak Hotel in North Adelaide.
Q2. What are some of the great moments you have had whilst being involved in this industry?
Besides the great beer coming out of this state, the people I’ve met in this part of the industry are awesome. They have great knowledge and even more passion for what they do and every time I sell their product and see the reaction on a consumer’s face, that’s a great moment.
Q3. Predicting the future, what trends are coming in the near future for beer in Australia?
I would honestly like to see it thrive with what we have already. Get the craft knowledge and enjoyment out there to the majority. But if there needs to be a trend I would personally like to see it go down the way of Gose. Nice crisp German sour summery beer….mmmm.
Q4. What is your favourite beer style and how did this come to be?
Pale ale. Straight up! Many styles, haven’t found one I didn’t like.
Q5. Where is one place that you would love to see good beer served?
Everywhere!! Not every bar/pub needs to be a craft beer place. But hopefully every place, be it rural or local could have that option.
Q6. Do you have any exciting news you can share with me? Maybe about future plans, collaborations or anything new?
Nothing I can share at the moment. But keep an eye out for some great local beers in our collection.
Q7. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Q8. Do you dream about beer? If so, what is your most memorable dream about beer?
I have always dreamt about owning my own little bar that I brew my own beers for the public to enjoy with me.
Q9. What is your favourite season for beer drinking? Why?
All year round. Love stout, porters, pale ales, IPA’s, lagers. You name it. Do I have a problem?
Q10. If you could choose any profession, what would it be? Why?
The one I’m in now. Hospitality is so diverse. Customers enjoy local beers; I enjoy talking about local beers. I also enjoy being at the for-front of helping SA craft industry to grow. No I may not be a brewer or a beer rep but I think myself and my team’s enthusiasm toward this industry helps in some sort of way.
Unfortunately for Steve and his team, the Royal Oak is a part of the ALH group which announced on Thursday 15 December 2016, that they would sell a large portion of their taps to Lion and CUB. This is by no means a reflection on Steve, but instead a large corporation getting it very wrong and going down the wrong path in my opinion. Thanks a lot Steve for answering the questions, we all know your passion and drive to serve great beer can not be sold off to the highest bidder. Next week we have the first of the Pirate Life team, Matt Newman, who is their sales representative in South Australia.