When Alex joined We Brought Beer
almost exactly a year ago, he was arguably more of a wine buff than a beer geek. That’s not to say he wasn’t a fan of good beer of course – he was actually an early customer of ours soon after we opened – but perhaps it’s fair to say he was more partial to a glass of wine with his dinner.
How things have changed! As is the effect of working at a beer shop that stocks over 400 beers in a constantly changing range, it’s hard not to become obsessed with & immersed by the product. Which is basically where Alex is now. As well as tasting lots of different beers, he also encourages his fiance´to use different beers in the cakes and breads she bakes (we’re hoping to bring you a few recipes in the near future in fact). And on baking days Alex becomes our most popular member of staff! When he’s not working in the shop, Alex spends the rest of his time working on his own business which he is planning to launch later this year. Who knows, he could turn out to be the next Mark Zuckerberg – but for our purposes, we’re only really interested in his love of beer, a topic we quizzed him on below.1. From where do you hail?
I’m from Stoke D’Abernon in Surrey. It’s a hamlet don’t ya know.
2. What’s your earliest memory of drinking craft beer?
Having a Indiana Pale Ale at Heartland Brewery, Union Square, NYC back in 2001. A great brewpub back in the day when very little craft beer was about in NYC. I didn’t know about the whole craft beer movement, I just knew I was drinking good beer.
3. What’s your favourite beer label?
Anchor Steam Beer. It’s a great shaped bottle and it’s got a rustic easy going label which shows the history. I just see it, and know I’m gonna have a nice relaxing drink wherever I may be.
4. If you could go on a beer pilgrimage to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Italy or Colorado. A lot of great beers coming from both areas, made by people who are passionate about making good, solid, tasty beer.
5. What’s your current favourite beer style?
Not a style per se, but any beer with a strong malt backbone, from kolschs to steam beer to reds and stouts.
6. Where is your favourite place to drink in London?
The Antelope Ale and Cider House in Surbiton. Loads of craft and real ale on tap and they even have a microbrewery in the back (Big Smoke Brewery). Not to mention their pub grub is the best I’ve ever had in a pub.
7. Tell us your favourite collaboration beer.
Easy. Weird Beard/Brodie’s Weird Brodmance Maple Syrup Imperial Stout. One word… Yum!
8. What would soundtrack your drinking session?
Riding with the King – BB King and Eric Clapton
9. What do you enjoy most about working in the beer industry?
The people are great, relaxed and chatty. You have freedom to be creative and it’s always nice to see people wholeheartedly enjoying beer in its many incarnations.