Haaaaaave You Met……Janie Butterworth?

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Say hello to the final piece of the puzzle at Beer Garden Brewing Company in Port Lincoln. With a background in chemical analysis and quality control, Janie was always meant to own her own brewery some day. She has a love for darker beers and (as you will soon read) has even replace her morning coffee with a porter. Read a female’s perspective of the industry.

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

I’m Janie Butterworth part owner/brewer/general dogs body and the 3rd part in the trilogy that heads up The Beer Garden in Port Lincoln. I read that Mark referred to our team as a ménage a trois and to quote one of the all time great 80’s B grade movies “You know what they say? Two is company, three gets us talked about”. (BMX Bandits)

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

Opening Day – December 2nd last year. The liquor license was approved at midday, we shoved the tradies out the roller door by 2 and poured the first beer by 5pm!

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

I think the market is really going to open up to the female beer appreciators, many of whom don’t even realise they like beer yet. Our coffee stout and Berliner Weisse seem to have really broadened a few punter’s horizons and I’d love to see that trend continue.

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

It all depends on the time of day but I really have a thing for the dark side. Nothing sweet or too bitter. I started replacing my morning coffee with Porter and now we have brewed our Original Sin Coffee Stout I am spoilt for choice.

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

In all pubs and sporting venues. It is wrong that the major brewers have contracts in place locking out the small guys. I don’t think you’d find an independent brewer that hasn’t had that experience. This is absolutely something I’d like to see change and we will certainly be engaging with the Eyre Peninsula pub scene.

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

After 6 months, we are finally bringing our range of 7 beers to Adelaide with a launch at The Kings Head Hotel on June the 15th and as part of that we will be running a competition for 2 punters to come out swimming with us and the Great Whites for our official Cage Diver IPA Launch! I guess I’ll have to be brave but I really don’t know how I get drawn into these hair brained schemes…. apart from the fact that it was my hair brained scheme.

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

Not much at the moment –  it’s freezing! But 2 cups of tea and I’m good to go. Seriously, I don’t do anything until I’ve had my cup of tea. However, if you asked me what keeps me at the brewery late at night then it would definitely be a glass of Dan’s special reserve Flemish Red.

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

Really sad but yes, I do. I must be getting my malt quota now that the brewery is fully operational but last year I was waking up with cravings for handfuls of Maris Otter. Too lazy to get out of bed though. 😉 

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

Right now. We have just had a slow combustion fire installed at the brewery. Good food, Maris Otter, Fuggles and the usual suspects.

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

Well I guess I chose it – the second oldest profession….

What a great way to launch a beer, take people out into the deep blue ocean to swim with sharks. It not only reinforces the name of the beer ‘Cage Diver’ but it also uses an attraction that Port Lincoln is well known for. Thanks Janie for your time and I look forward to trying more Beer Garden beers in the future.

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