Q: How long have you/the brewery been making beer for?
A: 6+years (UnBarred was established in 2014)
Q: What got you into brewing?
A: In an attempt to make whiskey you have to make a good beer. I started making beer and then went on to making whiskey. The whole process became an obsession. Its very soothing for an over active mind.
Q: When you’re not brewing what are your hobbies?
A: My biggest passion before I got into beer was food. That was my down time. When I got into beer it was my passion and obsession and still is. I still like to cook but I still wake up at night and write down ideas for the next beer.
Q: What’s your favourite style of beer?
A: Such a hard question to answer. In brewing I love to blend some of my favourite styles to make a new one or hybrid. On a Friday I usually go for DIPA’s. Saturdays if I’m not going out it will be farm house funk. On a Sunday I always for something strong and usually Belgian like a Dubbel.
*Dr Beer: I absolutely love this answer! I think hybrids can be a risky brewing process, but if you strike it lucky (or with skill!) a real gem can be produced!*
Q: If you could only have one of your brews for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? (I know it’s like picking a favourite child!)
A: At the moment it would have to be Dank Juice. Its got the perfect silky New England body with all our favourite dank hops at a good strength.
Q: You are in a supermarket, in the Beer aisle of course, what would you buy? (your wonderful beer isn’t on sale unfortunately!)
A: Probably Erdinger Hefeweizen. Its always available in the supermarkets and a world class beer. If I had to buy two, I would buy Punk IPA and blend the two together. I know this will make some people cringe, but trust me, If all you have is supermarket beer and want to drink a fun hybrid of styles try it.
Q: What new flavour combination would you love to try/what new hops would you like to work with?
A: We’ve done literally hundreds of combos now. We also have a long list of what we want to brew next. Hop wise, we have some Denali and experimental Australian hops to play with. They will go in a Hazy.
We love using fruit in our beers and we’ve got a single hop, single fruit series coming out. Starting off with Simcoe and Grapefruit.
Q: What brewery you would like to collaborate with and why?
A: SIREN. We keep brewing the same or similar beer very close to each other releasing one. I have so much respect for those guys and we have a lot of synergies.
So there we have it. Thank you so much to UnBarred brewing for their thoughts, I’m now thinking about heading to a supermarket to give the Punk-Weizen a go! Who knows – maybe Siren and UnBarred could create a spectacular beer in the future!