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Five Minutes with Faram – Wayne & Shaun from Blackedge Brewing Company

What’s your favourite hop?
Wayne:
Cascade, I think it is a true classic and creates great beers. I would be extremely sad if we ran out of Cascade.
 
Shaun:
Cascade, it reminds me of Portland!
What’s your favourite beer?

Wayne:
Marble Earl Grey IPA.


Shaun:
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil Porter.

 
Favourite Food & Beer pairing?
Wayne:
For me, it’s anything dirty! Cheese, continental meats mixed with good fresh bread, olives, pickle is ideal. You also can’t beat a great burger with beer or a good continental sausage!
 
Shaun:
A good selection of cheese and cured meats will do me just fine.
Favourite beer destination?

Wayne:
Portland, Oregon, a fantastic city with loads of small craft brewers selling their fantastic beers from brewery bars all over the city.

Shaun:
Portland, Oregon as this is where we both had our best beer experiences but we also jumped across to Seattle and I enjoyed it there too.

 

Favourite song/album/artist/music to play during a brew day?

Wayne:
Anything by Queen but favourite probably Hammer To Fall.

Shaun:
REM – Automatic for the People.

What got you into brewing?
Wayne:
A decision made purely based on drinking far too much alcohol whilst sat in a pool bar in Brazil in 2008. After a drunken conversation, we decided we would start brewing beer!  When we arrived back from holiday we bought the kit, set it up and then thought to ourselves, actually we are quite good at this! So I decided to go all in and do it as a full-time occupation. We both set up the brewery and we are doing really quite well.
 

What’s the one item in the brewery you couldn’t do without?
Wayne: 
I think I speak for both of us and every brewer in the land on this one……the kettle! I can’t do without the odd cup of tea or if we are being posh we stick the coffee machine on in the bar upstairs and have a nice fresh Americano
Favourite interest/hobby outside of brewing?

Wayne:
Football, in particular, Liverpool FC.

Shaun:
Football, in particular, Manchester United

.From both:
This does occasionally create a bit of sledging between us! 

 

If you weren’t in the Brewing Industry what would you be doing?
Wayne:
I’d probably be a lazy bum!
 
Shaun:
To be fair I’m still working for Highways England.
What’s next for the brewery?

Wayne:
There are lots of styles of beers we still want to have a go at brewing, so will be looking at doing some experimental brewing over the next 12 months.We definitely need to focus on expanding our range, particularly in keg beers as at present we mainly do a few here and there for our own taprooms which are very well received by our tap customers. Small pack such as bottles and cans is something we don’t really focus on and is seemingly becoming more important to our consumers to try beers at home as well as on trade, so we definitely are looking to invest in a better way of packaging our products for the take-home market.We also need to secure our own brewing future and after just opening our 2nd Tap outlet we think a 3rd late 2020 is essential to our growth.