Peta Fielding from Burleigh Brewing says they tried to match hops to the personalities of their brewers for their GABS beer.
What beer are you making for GABS?
We are making a highly-hopped pale ale. Not an IPA but a strong pale ale
Does it have a name yet?
That is under group discussion and hasn’t yet been determined. We have a number of thoughts on the table.
Where did the inspiration come from?
For this year GABS wants five kegs from each brewery and we have five brewers. So that was enough to get us onto a bit of a ‘‘number five’’ theme. So we decided to make a strong pale ale hopped with five different hops and each hop was to essentially be indicative of each of our five brewers.
We had a staff retreat recently and one of the exercises for our whole crew was to match a hop with the personality of our brewers.
How much effort goes into designing a beer for GABS?
A lot of effort goes into designing all of our beers but this one this year involved the whole company.
Does GABS give you the chance to go a bit crazy and try something you might not normally brew?
I suppose, but we don’t really let ourselves be held back anyway. If we want to tackle something, we do it. What it does is because it’s on every year, it gives you a date by which you have to come up with something a bit different.
Does the spectapular bring out a competitive streak?
Not in terms of ‘‘we want ours to be the best’’. I think people who go to GABS are looking for something a bit different and in that sense the competitive spirit comes out a little bit. You want to make sure that you’re delivering something the punters are going to get a kick out of trying.
Explanation for the unaware: GABS is Great Australasian Beer Spectapular, a beer festival in Melbourne, Australia, from May 24-26 this year where brewers make a beer they’ve never made before and bring it along so the punters can try it. Cool, huh?