Bramling Cross. Beautiful blackcurrant aromas which go perfectly with my favourite style of beers.
Favourite Food & Beer pairing?
Steak & Ale Pie containing and accompanied by a dark ale.
Yorkshire. The pubs are just so, well, how pubs should be! And they normally have a fine selection of good beers to keep you going as well.
Golly, so many to choose from, except not right now, of course. One of my favourite regular haunts when I’m in London has to be the Churchill Arms, Notting Hill. Amazing ceiling décor, good beer and a fantastic Thai restaurant at the back. Oh, and the outside is pretty stunning as well.
The radio – for Popmaster at 10:30!
Favourite music to play during a brew day?
Ken Brooker, who founded Harviestoun Brewery. I fell in love with their beers then ended up buying their 10brl brewhouse when they expanded. Ken taught me a lot in a short space of time, back at a time when I knew very little about brewing.
An unexpected visit to the Stockholm Beer & Whisky festival a few years ago was a bit of a treat. Kills two birds with one stone, so to speak.
Snowdonia Ale – our flagship beer.
Running and rowing. I am very lucky where I live in North Wales to be able to go running up into the hills and mountains or go out to sea, training with the rowing club, all within a few miles from home. It really helps to clear your head!
Survival! Hopefully we’ll be able to get through this rather strange period in British brewing history and grow again in years to come, but for now we just need to navigate our way through the current uncertainty in the industry.