Matt Curtis is a thinker, an obsessive, and envelop pusher. He’s also one of the best and busiest beer writers in the country. Whether its commissions in magazines, beer events or more impressively the fact he was handpicked by Michael Kiser to be the UK storyteller for Good Beer Hunting.
Matt is also a talker and in our time we covered a lot –his days in a band, the story behind why he’s known as Total Curtis, his journey to beer writing, his take on CAMRA and the opportunities and challenges for the industry.
I also found out about what he’s really interested – an emphasis on modern beer culture in the UK in addition to the beer itself. In that respect Matt is one of the thought leaders in the UK beer scene.
I sat down with Mark and Steve from the Beer O’Clock show – the UKs leading beer podcast. The Beer O’Clock show podcast started just under 4 years ago – It’s rise in popularity seemingly mirroring its subject matter.
In that time Mark and Steve have a built and large and loyal audience and an even bigger following on social media. They have used this to great effect – driving conversation about beer and the industry in general with their Hop Topic feature – plus the occasional charitable drive too.
You could argue they have become opinion leaders or trend setters when it comes to beers and breweries. As Steve says on the show “where we lead others follow”.
As you would expect we caught up over a few pints of IPA no less. Hope you enjoy my conversation with Mark and Steve from the Beer O’Clock show.
Welcome to the BushCraftBeer podcast Episode 3 with Tom Hutchings, Co-Founder of Brew By Numbers.
Over the next hour you’ll hear about how Tom and his Co-Founder Dave Seymour started Brew By Numbers including how they ended up in Bermondsey, arguably the centre of craft beer in London.
You’ll also hear how they decide what beers to brew, including their recent Double IPA 55|01, what their numbering system means and the story behind their branding.
We covered what makes a good beer festival, the BrewDog investment in Brew by Numbers via their development fund, the United Craft Brewers, the challenges of starting and running a brewery including hopes for the future.
Grab a beer and listen to my chat with Tom Hutchings.
This is episode 2, where I sit down and chat with Phil Harding and Charlie Poutney from Boutique Bar Brands.
We sat down with a few beers, at their new hot desking cum micro bar, out of office in Battersea, started doing a sound check and just kept chatting so it’s a real fly on the wall conversation and means we didn’t formally introduce ourselves. So allow me to that now before we roll the tape.
Phil Harding is the co-founder of Boutique Bar Brands and has worked in the trade for many years including a stint as manager of the famous White Horse in Parsons Green, south west London.
Charlie Pountney met Phil at a Beer Event and over a year later, left his career in banking to join him at Boutique Bar Brand after completing a Beer Sommelier course at the Beer Academy.
We covered a lot of ground: 21st century careers, their careers in beer, beer in restaurants, beer and food matching, beer branding including their work on the Island Records beer, a discussion on who’s doing well in terms of branding in the industry and spreading the word of good beer through education and training.
If you’re an interested in building a career in beer, or have an interest in branding or just fancy listening to a conversation about beer listen in. It starts slow but bear with it.
This is episode 1, where I sit down and chat with one of the hottest young beer writers in the country, Mark Dredge.
Before that I wanted to tell you a little more about me and what to expect from this podcast.
My name is Michael Lally, I’m 35 and I’m an Australian who has lived in London for the past 10 years. I’m also a craft beer enthusiast who has been following the scene for a while now and after much procrastination finally started blogging about beer in December 2015.
I’m also a podcast addict. The podcasts I enjoy the most are long form conversation. I find they give you a more intimate insight into the person and their story. Which in our soundbite, click-bait culture is something I find refreshingly different.
So why the name BushCraft?
BushCraft is about thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. It was a term popularised by the Bush Tucker Man himself, Les Hiddins who was a big deal when I was a kid growing up in Australia.
My blog, and this podcast is really about that, but with a beery twist. I am interested discovering the people behind the craft beer industry, one of the fastest growing and most exciting in the country, to sit down with them and understand their story, their perspective and what it is about their skills and experience that sees them survive and thrive in the craft beer world.
Enough about me.
Lets talk about my first conversation. Mark was very articulate – much more than me – and with good reason. As a writer, he’s classically trained. His undergrad was in media arts with a focus on screenwriting which he followed up with a masters in creative writing.
He started blogging way back in 2008 and fully committed to it. And since then he’s never looked back. He’s won awards from the British Guild of Beer Writers and written 4 books, including one set to launch in April of this year. And he’s also in training for upcoming the London Marathon. A man of many talents.
If you’re an aspiring beer blogger, like myself, or an aspiring writer this is a fascinating insight.