GABS Brewer: Stu McKinlay from Yeastie Boys
What sort of beer are you making for GABS?
We’re making an 8 per cent Earl Grey Double IPA.
What’s it called?
Royal Tanninbomb. We had a bunch of other names, which we may well use in the future, but this one just kept sticking around at the top of the list. I guess you could call it the king of tea beers! We received a lot of help in the naming process from the world’s biggest drinker of Gunnamatta (and master of tea puns): Lee Webb, @allforbeer on Twitter and Untappd.
Where did the inspiration come from?
This year is the fifth anniversary of the launch of Gunnamatta, which was the first people’s choice champion beer at GABS. We figured it would be fun to riff off that excellent week and release a play on what is now our biggest selling beer.
What’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve ever added to a beer?
We made a name for ourselves, reasonably early on with strange ingredients. Nine years ago, no dark beers were hoppy and we added a load of hops to our now famous Pot Kettle Black. Then we released a heavily-peated golden ale – Rex Attitude, which is probably the beer that receives more hate mail than any other in the world. We’ve added teas, tisanes, chilli, beetroot and feijoa (but not all into the same beer, thankfully).
GABS drinking preference – tasting paddles or a full glass?
Tasting paddles, for sure… It’s what the festival is all about. That is: Brewers challenging themselves to make more interesting beer and drinkers trying something new in the eternal search for beery enlightenment. It’s what makes GABS one of the best festivals in the world!