Taking over the managerial reigns at our Clapham Junction store, Sean joined us in February having previously been running a craft beer hotel bar (yep, they exist) in a beautiful, mountainous part of Norway. Stocking his bar with Scandi heroes such as Lervig, Mikkeller & ToOl, Sean is most definitely a fully fledged member of the beer geek community but he also brings to We Brought Beer our first proper craft beer beard! Long and flowing, we actually reckon it’s more Viking than Hoxton in it’s roots but we’ll take it all the same. Sean got bonus points in his interview when he revealed he is a dog lover (he owns 2 pugs) and he has hit the ground running since day one, enthusing customers with his passion and knowledge of great beer, so long as they can understand his hybrid South African / Irish / Norwegian accent. We thought it was about time you got to know a bit more about our Sean in which vain, read on…
1. From where do you hail?

Cape Town in South Africa

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

It must’ve been 2008? I was living in Dublin and found a local bottle shop that stocked these cool looking bottles with Ralph Steadman illustrations on them. As a big Hunter S. Thompson fan I bought the bottles and later learnt that I had been drinking Flying Dog beers.

3. What’s your favourite beer label?

18th Street do some amazing labels. I guess the Hunter Stout and Milk Stout ones are my favourite.

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

Pretty obvious answer but the west coast of America would be my first pick.

5. What’s your current favourite beer style?

I think I’ll always lean towards Imperial Stouts and IPA’s. I’m a sucker for big, bold flavours.

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

I do enjoy Mother Kelly’s. It reminds me a lot of the kind of place you’d find in Brooklyn. They always have a nice line up of beers in there too.
7. Tell us your favourite collaboration beer.

Lervig and Magic Rock make a fantastic farmhouse IPA. It was a bit of a go to beer for me when I lived in Norway.

8. What would soundtrack your drinking session?

It’d probably be some form of hip hop or punk rock. No doubt my girlfriend would come in to the room and switch it over to The Temptations or Marvin Gaye though!

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

The people are friendly and passionate and it’s great to pick the brains of people who also love beer. This is my passion and my hobby and I also happen to get paid to work in the industry. It’s great.

You can follow Sean on Twitter at @sean_wbb and on instagram @iamseanlooney