‘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!
Initially spawning out of Fil’s back garage, Little Bang Brewing has now fully established itself in Stepney under the watchful eyes of Filip Kemp and Ryan Davidson. Filip is the head brewer and is half responsible for beers such as Uncommon Cloud, May Contain Traces of Panther, Beard Fiction, Breakfast at Stepney and everyone’s favourite Galactopus. Take a look at how Fil’s sees the Craft Beer scene.
Q1 Who are you and how are you involved in the SA beer industry?
Owner and Head Brewer at Little Bang Brewing Co. in Stepney.
Q2 What are some of the great moments you have had whilst being involved in this industry?
Probably the very first time I put Galactopus (a 10% Barleywine) on tap at the Earl of Leicester. It was the result of the very first brew on the 600lt brewery made from wine equipment in my garage, fermented in a flat bottom vessel, hand kegged and naturally carbonated. Poured like a dream, tasted exactly as it should and all who attended slept well that night.
Q3 Predicting the future, what trends are coming in the near future for beer in Australia?
I think Australia will be following in the footsteps of the US breweries where sours and funky beers are becoming the norm and are widely accepted and appreciated by consumers.
Q4 What is your favourite beer style and how did this come to be?
A well made flanders red or similar. I recently had the pleasure of trying the Rodenbach Vintage at the Wheaty and it was mind-blowingly good!
Q5 Where is one place that you would love to see good beer served?
I would love to see great beer served at our sporting venues. I don’t think I would mind paying $12 for a schooner of beer if it had some flavour.
Q6 Do you have any exciting news you can share with me? Maybe about future plans, collaborations or anything new?
Always working on new beers but the most exciting thing at the moment for me is getting the brew house hard plumbed and the control board setup. I’ve just got to brew enough beer to keep the punters happy so that I can have a couple of weeks off!
Q7 What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My 5-year-old and 2-year-old daughters!
Q8 Do you dream about beer? If so, what is your most memorable dream about beer?
I mainly have reoccurring nightmares about Ryan selling all the remaining stock of beers that was reserved for the cellar door.
Q9 What is your favourite season for beer drinking? Why?
I really enjoy drinking beers in the cooler months as I have more of an interest in the big heavy hoppy beers.
Q10 If you could choose any profession, what would it be? Why?
Owner/brewer isn’t too bad except for the resulting gut and loss of brain cells.
Having the ability to experiment with new beer ideas, is one of the great advantages of owning a smaller sized brewery. Trying to keep up with demand of your core range is the only offset of that. If you have ever had a conversation will Fil or Ryan, I am sure you will agree that it is always an entertaining one. Cheers Fil, next week we will feature Little Bang’s other half, Ryan.