Q: Why the name Little Monster Brewery?
A: The name came from my daughter who I call affectionately, “my Little Monster”. The name came instantly to me as I wanted to dedicate all that I did to my little girl and the inspiration she gives me.
The name, Little Monster Brewing is fresh, modern and fun. Exactly the approach to the beer I make.
Q: How long have you/the brewery been making beer for?
A: Commercially nearly 5 years. At the beginning of 2018 Little Monster Brewing Company was born. We have done 5 collaborations (soon to be 6) I’m hoping our first Little Monster beer will be out in December. We just finalizing a place now to start contract brewing until we build a brewery.
Q: What got you into brewing?
A: I was tired of the whole corporate world, bored with the same 9-5 bullshit. I started home brewing back 2011 when I bought my first home brew starter kit. The real break came at the beginning of 2014 when I had an opportunity to volunteer at Gypsy Hill Brewing company, these guys took me on and will always be grateful for what they did. I then joined Fourpure for a couple of years. This took me to the next level of my brewing journey. I learnt so much from my time there. I left London and joined Arundel Brewery in West Sussex where I worked until I started Little Monster Brewery at the beginning of 2018.
Q: When you’re not brewing what are your hobbies?
A: I’m a real gaming and flying geek! I have my own man cave which I have a flight simulator setup on my computers. I get to game and fly loads. I started doing my private pilots licence a few years back so would like to finish that one day. I enjoy snowboarding, bbq’s, travelling, keeping fit.
Q: What’s your favourite style of beer?
A: This is such a difficult question because I love them all. From big hoppy IPA’s to juicy pale ales to barrel ages sours to big bold stouts. I think a Session IPA is my best. They easy to drink, refreshing, hoppy. They just tick all the boxes for me.
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 think it would have to be the NEIPA I designed at Arundel Brewery. Besides dumping the first batch that beer just worked so well. It is juicy, flavours of mango, stone fruits and so tropical, hazy (a good haze), no bitterness, refreshing and just so damn good.
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: I would go for the Gipsy Hill Session IPA Hepcat. Hence my answer to your other question earlier about “What is your best style” This is the best Session IPA in the UK right now it’s an amazing beer.
Q: What new flavour combination would you love to try/what new hops would you like to work with?
A: I’m not a massive fan of mixing too many flavours together. These beers which have hundred and one different things added just don’t work for me. I love brewing with fruit. I think certain flavours only work on certain beer styles. I own a very good book (mainly for food) which shows you ever single possible flavour combinations and I’ve used that to get some of my inspiration from.
Rhubarb and ginger are something I fancy. I brought a bottle of Rhubarb and ginger gin and it was wonderful. Would be amazing to make a beer with that. Guava is another fruit which works wonders in beer.
*Dr Beer can confirm that rhubarb and ginger can go well otgether in a beer – take a look at Merchant City Brewing Co’s version*
There are some great new hops coming out of Germany and also Slovenia. Even English hops are starting to change from the traditional flavours we are so used too seeing. I know that there are a lot of experimental hops happening in the states too. So we are really spoilt for choice!
Q: What brewery you would like to collaborate with and why?
A: I have worked with so many great breweries already. I’ve done 5 collabs and have 6 and 7 coming up soon. I would love to do something with Deya, they doing some amazing beers. All their beers are fantastic. I think I could learn a lot from those guys. I can’t wait for Duration Brewery to get up and running and hopefully do something with Bates and his team. I’ve also done a couple of trips to America and going back next year again. I’m trying to arrange something with some breweries over there too. So lots of exciting things happening.
Thanks to Little Monster Brewery for taking part! It’s early days, but I’m really looking forward to all your creations and collaborations in the future!
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