Q: So let’s tallk about the elephant, well actually the donkey. I’ve never heard of a Donkeystone, so I’ve got to ask this question? Why are you called Donkeystone Brewing Co?
A: A Donkeystone is an old fashioned Lancashire tradition. It’s an item that you would use to clean your doorstep. Many people used to get them from the rag and bone man. As it happens they were invented very close by, and the only place you can still get them is an indoor market close to our Brewery.
Q: How long have you/the brewery been making beer for?
A: Personally as a brewer I have been making beer for ten years now. At donkeystone our first brew was produced in July 2017 and once that first batch had matured we began trading in August 2017.
Q: What got you into brewing?
A: I’ve always had a passion and preference for real ale over more generically available lager. Then as a 21 year old I found out you could produce your own ale at home. From that first home brew day I’ve never looked back.
Q: When you’re not brewing what are your hobbies?
A: I have a passion for photography but in reality between the brewery and a hectic young family life I don’t get that much time. Also really enjoy cycling and bouldering/climbing.
Q: What’s your favourite style of beer?
A: I would truly have to say I don’t have one favourite style. I think the world of beer has so much to offer that it’s hard to chose one. I do love the heavy richness of a lot of continental beers, doubles/triples etc But then nobody can turn away from the wonderful world of hops we have to play with to create amazing IPA styles. As a brewer it might be easier to say there isn’t really any beer style that I don’t like
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: I get asked this a lot and it truly is like picking between your children. We struggle to even to keep our portfolio numbers low because we can’t decide which beers to pull to make way for new. If it was the only beer I could ever make again it would have to one of the more complex like our javanilla stout.
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: Well as drinking beer for us is market research (wink wink) I’m often looking for something that I haven’t tried before. As the warmer months roll round I have drifted more towards some light, tart wheat beers or saison styles. Also been seeing what some craft cider brewers have been doing with hop infused ciders.
Q: What new flavour combination would you love to try/what new hops would you like to work with?
A: Well we obviously don’t want to give away the secrets that we have coming up but I have some Australian hops in our cold store which I’m very excited to use and literally the other night our team sat round the table got quite excited about a new dark beer, porter/stout style in which we want to create quite a unique flavour with. You’ll just have to keep your ear to the brewery floor to hear about that one.
Q: What brewery you would like to collaborate with and why?
A: As our brewery is still in its infancy, although business is going very well, we haven’t turned our attention too much yet to a brewery collaboration. We have collaborated with a local music festival organiser, producing their promotional beer called cotton clouds named after the festival. We do certainly plan to collaborate in the very near future with other breweries.