GABS Brewer 2014: Scott Wilson-Brown from Red Duck Brewery in Ballarat, Victoria
What beer are you making for GABS?
Haven’t decided yet! I have a barrel aged imperial porter, which has been in the oak barrels for five months and we reckon it needs 6+. If it shapes up then might put that in, or I have a ex-whisky barrel aged strong scotch ale, or a barrel aged biere de garde. But I also had a thought to make an imperial IPA, with some hops that I don’t think anyone has used before. Except one of the hops we are waiting on import, as there is none in the country, and it depends if we receive it in time.
Does it have a name yet?
Yes: in order: Transmission, Loch Ness #2, Guava Garde (oh, did I mention there is some guava in that one?) and (secret name, as it would give the game away).
Where did the inspiration come from?
Same place as always – they just happen. My head is full of beer ideas, can’t say where they come from in particular.
Do you think it’ll be a one-off or are you considering adding it to the range after GABS?
All our limiteds are virtual one-ofs (not offs), as there are so many new beer ideas to explore. It’s years, if ever, before we get around to repeating anything. And some beers are totally unique, due to seasons or ageing, so can’t be repeated.
What do you think of the concept of GABS?
The GABS Brewer Q&As continue on Monday with Kjetil Jikiun from Nøgne Ø .
The Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (aka GABS) is on in Melbourne on May 23-25, 2014.