When he started with We Brought Beer, Ben certainly liked his craft beer but he was equally partial to a can of Foster’s if the price was right (he was fresh out of uni after all). Nowadays however he is a borderline fanatic, working his way through all of our most unusual beers, usually whilst reading various beer related books or blogs. To say he has immersed himself in the craft beer world is something of an understatement, probably more accurate to say he’s submerged himself. Having started off as a lowly (albeit very tall) ‘shelf stacker’, Ben is now our marketing maestro, spending his days blogging, photographing and describing beer in all sorts of ways through our various channels.
In the latest of our ‘Meet the Team’ series we put Ben through the standard WBB interrogation, here’s what he had to say:1. From where do you hail?
Balham born and bred. Easiest commute to work ever
2. What’s your earliest memory of drinking craft beer?
In the second year of uni I was half way through January exams and needed to do a bit of procrastinating. I remembered reading about BrewDog in the newspapers so thought I’d check out their website. Half an hour later I’d somehow been parted with £30 and got a delivery two days later
3. What’s your favourite beer label?
The abstract simplicity of Omnipollo’s Mazarin can never be beaten.
4. If you could go on a beer pilgrimage to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The Anchor brewery in San Francisco. The Anchor Steam is one of my favourite beers of all time and the copper fermenters in their brewhouse are some of the most beautiful bits of equipment I have ever seen.
5. What’s your current favourite beer style?
Berliner Weisse – typically below 3 or 4% ABV, these sour beers are the perfect summer sippers, incredibly refreshing, light and bright.
6. Where is your favourite place to drink in London?
The Wenlock Arms in Hoxton looks like it could be in Eastenders. Once inside, however, there is a feast of craft beer on keg, cask and in bottle. It is incredibly relaxed inside and with very reasonable prices by London standards.
7. Tell us your favourite collaboration beer.
Siren/Omnipollo’s Life is a Peach IPA. Brewed with lactose, used to make milk stouts, and peaches, this beer is very sweet, but never becomes sickly. Instead, it is incredibly refreshing with a juicy hit of bitter hops at the finish.
8. What would soundtrack your drinking session?
Muse – Knights of Cydonia
9. What do you enjoy most about working in the beer industry?
Meet the Brewers at the shop are incredible, bringing together the two groups of people that our business relies on is always an exciting prospect. Receiving samples is always fun as well!