Q: Why the name Double Barrelled?
A: So, the whole start of Double-Barrelled came from when my wife & I (Mike) were getting married. I’d been home-brewing for a number of years & as lovers of beer we decided to do a special batch of home brew as our wedding favours. Luci who worked in food & drink marketing, worked on our labels and I brewed our beer (both which, looking back were pretty terrible). As a play on my double-barrelled surname, we called ourselves “Double-Barrelled Brewery” as a bit of a pun. It sparked an idea that we’ve never looked back from since.
Q: How long have you/the brewery been making beer for?
A: I have been home brewing for about 5 to 6 years now. We launched our first beer commercially at the start of this year, but have still been brewing in our garage up until now, doing 100L batches at a time. Moving forward from October we will be on a 24 Hl (15barrel) kit in our new unit, so a big jump, but it had to be done at some point.
Q: What got you into brewing?
A: I’m a bit of a hobbyist, and love to build/make things when I can. I had started getting really in to my beer and the foodie side of me wanted to know more about how brewers created the flavours that they do. I bought various home brew bits and started experimenting. First ones were largely undrinkable mind you, but that’s how you learn.
Q: When you’re not brewing what are your hobbies?
A: I love food & also enjoy a spot of fishing when I can get round to it. I would love to have more time for it at the moment, but my main hobby which was brewing has taken over and it’s all a bit consuming.
Q: What’s your favourite style of beer?
A: Imperial Stouts. I love their complexity, depth of flavour & how they can be changed over time with aging. Once it’s finished fermenting you can add so much more to the flavour profile through time, blending and experimenting. We both love Imperial stouts, which is why Double-Barrelled will be dedicating a fair amount of time to making them.
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: It would probably have to be our lager, Cagoule. After a long day in the brewery it’s what I’d probably grab first.
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 cannot remember the last time I bought beer in the supermarket! If I had to though, I would try something I hadn’t had before.
Q: What new flavour combination would you love to try/what new hops would you like to work with?
A: We are lucky to still have a pilot kit which means we can still experiment with flavours on a smaller scale. One of the things we want to do is look at the different effects that lupulin powders have on the same beer, against hop extracts and pellets.
However, our big focus on experimentation over the next few years will be with barrels. Lots and lots of barrels & lots and lots of stout.
Q: What brewery you would like to collaborate with and why?
A: There are so many breweries we’d love to work with and so many we could learn from. If we could, we’d love to work with De Garde out in Oregon, USA. A similar husband & wife team setup, they are creating insane wild fermented beers and are aging in a whole array of barrels. Most of all, Trevor was just a really good guy & I quite fancy brewing & then a spot of fishing off the west coast.
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