We’ve been open for nearly a full year now so we thought it was about time you got know a bit more about the We Brought Beer team, from whom we hope you’ve enjoyed some excellent service over the past year.

We start with our store manager Rob, a jack of all trades who keeps the place running smoothly day to day. Rob applied for the job of GM whilst away on a mammoth 2,000 mile cycle across America, and thank goodness he had the foresight to think about getting a job whilst away, as any later and he would’ve missed out. Or more worryingly, we would have missed out on securing his services as manager extrordinaire. Rob brings with him a pub background and an unhealthy obsession with music and big speakers, two traits that contribute massively to the vibe and atmosphere we have in the store. He is also somewhat accident prone as regular customers will have gathered by the various limps, black eyes and bruises he seems to acquire. Essentially, we think he’s just not very good at riding a bike, despite the many miles of practise!

We thought we’d get to know a bit more about Rob’s drinking preferences through the medium of simple Q&A. Feel free to ask Rob some questions yourself in the comments box below.

1. From where do you hail?

I’m from Southport, a small town in the North West of England.

2.  What is your earliest memory of drinking craft beer?

Fermentation House, Tallahassee, FL.

Just 300 miles into my cross country cycle of America, I met a group of bike shop workers who took me out for the night to this very small craft beer bar off the beaten track. We sat on the decking and drank through a number of locally brewed pales and IPAs. Being used to drinking crap lager as a student or supping twiggy ale with my dad I hadn’t drunk much else. Needless to say this was a game changer. I spent the rest of my trip exploring what each state had to offer, drinking a countless number of different brews.

3.  What is your favourite beer label?

Would have to be Brooklyn Black Ops. It’s sleek, bold, minimal and looks impressive.

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

If I were to go on a beer pilgrimage I would cycle from Washington State to San Diego and then back up through Colorado. It’s something I would love to do anyway and the fact there are literally hundreds of breweries just makes it all the more worthwhile. Another beer pilgrimage by bike would be the best!

5. What is your current favourite beer style?

My current favourite beer style is Red IPA. I love the balance of a full bodied malty beer contrasted by the fruity bitterness of the hops.

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

My favourite watering hole in London would have to be The Lazy Fox, Fulham (RIP). A good selection of craft beers combined with staff who know about them, a nice relaxed atmosphere, a plethora of good tunes and only walking distance from where I live, it wins hands down. As it has now been taken over to be converted into a foody gastro pub I am now on the hunt for my next pub of choice. Most probably The White Horse due to it’s range of beers.

7. What is your favourite collaboration beer?

Weird Brodmance which was a collaboration between Weird Beard and Brodie’s. A rich, complex, sweet and ever so slightly hoppy beer which I could not get enough of!

8. What is the soundtrack to your drinking sessions?

Would have to be Death From Above 1979, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine or Reuben, Racecar is Racecar Backwards… I can’t decide between the two.

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

The thing I love about working in the world of beer, aside from the beer itself, is the way in which it brings people together. There is a strong community which is constantly expanding. From the brewers to the delivery drivers, the shop keepers to the bar workers, the importers to the drinkers themselves, there seems to be an overall connection that can only be described as joyous. There’s always a new beer to talk about or an experience to be shared with anybody and everybody who loves to drink, brew or sell beer!

Rob Beattie