Haaaaaave You Met……Jessica Walker?

‘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 Jessica Walker, full-time brewer at Pirate Life Brewing Company. Jess is one of the very few female brewers in Australia and is extremely passionate about making quality beer. She started her career at Big Shed Brewing Concern part-time  before moving over to work with the Pirates. The brewing of the GABS second placed triple IPA ‘Loose Lips Sinks Ships’ can be credited to Jess alongside Lewis (featured previously). Take a look at what she thinks about the beer industry.

Q1. Who are you and how are you involved in the SA beer industry?

Jess Walker, piss maker at Pirate Life Brewing.

Q2. What are some of the great moments you have had whilst being involved in this industry?

It has been incredible to see the dream of three absolute legends come true! Also the crew involved in this industry are very special, they are so much fun and everyone genuinely wants each other to succeed.

Q3. Predicting the future, what trends are coming in the near future for beer in Australia?

I think we will continue to see influence from the States and Europe, hopefully some delicious Juicy IPA’s and some more sour/funk goodness.

 Q4. What is your favourite beer style and how did this come to be?

Lambic. I was introduced to Lambic beers by a good friend, over a cheese platter at one of London’s great beer pubs. I was instantly sold. Beer and cheese are two of my favourite things.

 Q5. Where is one place that you would love to see good beer served?

Airports and Airlines. Imagine how much better flying would be with good beer!

 Q6. Do you have any exciting news you can share with me? Maybe about future plans, collaborations or anything new?

 No, sorry I don’t, Matt and Lewis have given you all the latest.

 Q7. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My alarm or being too hungry.

 Q8. Do you dream about beer? If so, what is your most memorable dream about beer?

I have had a couple dreams, well nightmares about work. Unfortunately nothing I want to remember.

 Q9. What is your favourite season for beer drinking? Why?

Summer. Nothing beats hot balmy nights smashing beers.

 Q10. If you could choose any profession, what would it be? Why?

It took to me 10 years to choose brewing and I honestly love this profession. If not I’d say something in cheese or travel.

I truly believe that Jess is on the money with the trends, as we tend to follow the States with a lot of things we do. The airlines and airports have been mentioned again for about the tenth time, so it is an obvious area of improvement. I am pretty sure I know one of the nightmares Jess refers to, however, I will go into detail but if you see her around I am sure she will be happy to talk about. It is a funny story. Thanks Jess for answering the questions. Next week I am hoping to feature another female brewer but I haven’t got the answers back yet, so we will have to wait and see. Cheers

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