Q: Why the name Reids Gold Brewing Company?
A: I wanted a name that would hopefully portray quality so picked a precious high end quality material and put my name to it, I wanted to add my name as they say if you really believe in something would you put your name to it and I would. It is also a business I would hope my kids would take over one day and continue the family name. I do feel I aspire to make something as pressious as gold and to me all my beers have to meet that 24k quality standard.
A: I’ve been homebrewing for since Christmas 2013 and commercial brewing since may 2018
Q: What got you into brewing?
A: A homebrew kit given for Christmas in 2013 and a passion to invent. Loved tweaking with ingredients and somehow always got good results so was motivated to continue. Touch wood I’ve never had to throw out a batch as I’m so diligent with the processes. I’m a very focussed individual and when I started dishing out my beers to friend and work colleagues and getting great feedback I was really buzzing and was hooked.
Q: When you’re not brewing what are your hobbies?
A: I’m a single father of two kids, boy and girl ages 11 and 12. That keeps me busy spending time with them and doing the family life. I Like a social drink with friends and try to get out as often as I can
Q: What’s your favourite style of beer?
A: Originally was wheat beers but now changing toward stouts and porters, this may change again as I do also like a fruit beer, it seems to be a seasonal thing for me so I basically love all beer as long as it is well made. I’m not really interested in strict beer styles as it doesn’t light my fire. If you take a style and mix it up a bit, change the yeast or add other ingredients it then becomes like a hybrid style so not really a style. That’s what it is about for me to just make good beer and not aim for a style but possibly adapt. When starting out I made some simpler standard style beers with a twist but once more established I can let the reigns out I bit and be more adventurous as this is the goal.
Q: If you could only have one of your brews for the rest of your life, what would it be andwhy? (I know it’s like picking a favourite child!)
A: It would currently be my 8 ball stout, it is so rich and flavourful, sweet and chocolaty with a mildly bitter twist, this milk chocolate stout is awesome and it just feels like a hell of a lot of a beer when you drink it. I know this will change as I have some awesome dark beers in the recipe book still to make.
Q: You are in a supermarket or bottle shop, in the Beer aisle of course, what would you buy? (your wonderful beer isn’t on sale unfortunately!)
A: I would probably go for something I’ve not tried before. I look for new or local breweries beers and see if there are ingredients there that catch my eye or branding style. I normally leave with a selection and have a tasting night to compare and learn from other beers and brewery styles. Life is a big lesson for me and constantly researching and learning about what works and sometimes doesn’t work withbeers.
Q: What new flavour combination would you love to try/what new hops would you like to work with?
A: I brew a lot with fruit and always look to source fresh local ingredients, there is a lot of fruit combinations that I have not tried yet and I always find hops can compliment the fruits I use to either enhance or compliment their flavours. I love the fruity hop varieties and not a massive fan of the piney varieties. I do get asked about sour beers so im sure I will be getting some of them in my range in the future, I nice fruity full bodied sour probably.
Q: What brewery would you like to collaborate with and why?
A: I love what Tiny Rebel do. They have a similar mind set to me as they are colourful fun and their beers seem to show that. That is what I aspire to achieve and hopefully people will think the same of me one day. We have an urban cammo feel to ourbranding and colourful designs we try not to be boring with any of our projectsand tiny rebel do this also. There beers are also awesome and interesting which I love the most about them. I have a few local breweries like Fierce beer, Brewtoon and Beer Story who make interesting beers and would also like to collaborate with them. I really look forward to growing this side of the business.
Q: Tell me something interesting about Reids Gold Brewing Company
A: I have built the brewery from scratch myself. This was a massive task to design and develop my equipment from the control panel from scratch for the Brewhouse side, fitting all the elements to the brewing equipment and making everything controllable and automatable through electronic controls and timers etc. I have built fully controllable fermenters that can cool or heat the beer at the same time to within 0.3 of a degrees celcius for precision control. All this was done on a shoe string in my back garden and the dedication and time put into this now seems to be paying off.
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