Q: How long have you/the brewery been making beer for?
A: I’ve been here for 20 years but was home brewing for quite a while before that. The brewery itself was started in 1996.
Q: What got you into brewing?
A: I was introduced to home brewing when I was 15 and the passion grew from there really. I don’t think there’s much that beats sitting down after a long hard day with a pint that you’ve made.
Q: When you’re not brewing what are your hobbies?
A: I know it’s probably a little bit predictable, but drinking would be a bit of a hobby…there’s so many good beers out there! Aside from that I’m a family man so spend a lot of time with my wife and kids.
Q: What’s your favourite style of beer?
A: Put a pint of a strong dark ale in front of me and I’ll be a happy man! I’m also partial to the more traditional styles like old ales, or even a really good best bitter.
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: Centurion’s Ghost…hands down! Our shared love of Ghost was one of things that brought me and my wife together.
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: Timothy Taylors Landlord. It isn’t the most exciting choice, but I worked at Taylors for a bit a while back and it still has a place in my heart. Plus, it’s always a good pint!
Q: What new flavour combination would you love to try/what new hops would you like to work with?
A: We’re lucky to have an ex York head brewer who now works at a large hop merchant. He’s pretty good at keeping us up to date on what’s good hop wise. In fact, just next month, we’ve got the entire crop of a new hop CF219 heading our way to brew a single hop beer with. Really looking forward to seeing how that turns out.
Q: What brewery you would like to collaborate with and why?
A: We’ve not done too many collaborations so far, but last year did one with Cerveza Bizarra in Spain, and have got one booked in for September with Värmdö Bryggeri in Sweden. A few years back we were having some discussions with Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery but that petered out. It would be good if we could get old York and New York to come together at some point though.
Thanks for taking part York Brewery! Looking forward to getting my hands on your beers and enjoying them too!