Q: Why the name Merchant City Brewing?
A: Merchant City Brewing was established by people keen to create something identifiable to an area which has been a huge part of our personal and working lives. We also hope to have a venue opening there next year.
Q: How long have you/the brewery been making beer for?
A: We came to market last October, with production beginning 3 months prior to that.
Q: What got you into brewing?
A: I guess my love from beer started with the Germans, then moved to Belgium, then America, then the UK. With so many styles of beer there is always something newto taste.
Q: When you’re not brewing what are your hobbies?
A: I like to cycle.
Q: What’s your favourite style of beer?
A: I’m a fan of the Belgium saison style, but love a good stout. I also adore the German Weisse beer.
Q: If you could only have one of your brews for the rest of your life, what would it beand why? (I know it’s like picking a favourite child!)
A: Jaggery Stout for me, I love the different flavours, beginning with the roasty coffee and finishing with the Indian sugar.
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 a Joker from Williams or maybe a Sierra Nevada. Depends on how big the supermarket range is.
Q: What new flavour combination would you love to try/what new hops would you like to work with?
A: We’re hoping to try some kind of rhubarb stout, as we have some in the freezer. Hopwise, maybe Loral again as it seems to work in stouts.
For IPA’s would love to try some more Cryo hops, we made an Ekuanot red at the start ofthe year which was delicious.
Q: What brewery you would like to collaborate with and why?
A: Tough question…. I’d love to do a stout with Left Handed Giant, A sour with Cantillion and an IPA with VerdantS
Q: Any awards?
A: We have scooped a couple of awards in the recent SIBA`s (Society of Independent Brewers)
- Bronze Medal for – New Zealand Pale. Bottled premium Pale Ales 4.4% to 5.5%.
- Bronze Medal for – Klassisches Pilsner. Bottled Lager/Pilsner up to 4.4%
- Silver Medal for – Unit 1 Red Ale. Bottled British dark beers up to 4.4%
Thanks to Merchant City Brewing for taking part! For more information on their beers, check out the following;
PS: One of my reviews of their beer from Beer Makes Glasgow