India joined We Brought Beer as one of the new intake when we opened our St. John’s Hill store. Having previously worked as a Meantime Brewery tour guide we figured she most probably knew a little something about beer and could likely talk the hind legs of a donkey about the subject. In a good way of course. But beer is not the only thing in India’s life. She also works part time at a local art gallery, filling the ‘arty type’ gap that we had in our team. And the revelation early on that she also runs a record label in her spare time soon led to her being bombarded with demos from the ‘music types’ from our staff (an over-represented demographic!). Always smiling, India has played a crucial role in getting WBB Clapham Junction off the ground and buzzing from the off and we’re delighted to let you all get to know a bit more about her in our latest Meet the Team Q&A.

Oh, she also has a car which, as the only driver, pretty much guarantees her job security – she isn’t going anywhere!

1. From where do you hail?

London born and bred

2. What’s your earliest memory of drinking craft beer?

My dear friend dragged me into this dive bar in Southampton and claimed that we had been drinking beer all wrong. We were always avid pub goers in our uni town but had yet to experience anything other than draft lager. She handed me a Punk IPA and that was that.

3. What’s your favourite beer label?

Ska’s Euphoria label. That’s how I think I look on my voyage through hair-of-the-dog.

4. If you could go on a beer pilgrimage to anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I was in San Francisco over Christmas. I went to visit The Anchor Brewery which was hands down the most impressive and beautiful brewery I’ve ever seen. After trying to taste every beer that San Fran had to offer within the five days that I was there I quickly realised that I needed a hell of a lot more time. I’d like to go all over the States. Give me a couple years and I will drink every American beer out there.

5. What’s your current favourite beer style?

Pale ale… but definitely getting into my sours as of recent.

6. Where is your favourite place to drink in London?

The Waterpoet, Shoreditch. Without intentionally sounding too lame, I think that place is real dreamy. If I can’t commit to the commute however (which is 95% of the time) I do love a session in Project Orange, Battersea.

7. Tell us your favourite collaboration beer.

This is really terrible and sounds completely forced but The Bear of St John IPA made by the We Brought Beer boys and London Beer Lab. If I could, I would drink that beer endlessly, but sadly I believe the last case is hiding up in one of the cupboards of the shop.

8. What would soundtrack your drinking session?

‘Fresh’ by Sly and The Family Stone.

9. What do you enjoy most about working in the beer industry?

Beer tends to lift anyone’s mood so it’s a fun environment to work in. Learning about different beer styles and different breweries’ techniques has yet to bore me. We attempted a homebrew in the shop this week. Temperatures were wrong, measurements were off and someone caught fire. Who wouldn’t want to work in this industry?