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RBN climbs Kosciuszko with Chuck

June 14, 2013
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kosciuszko pale aleIn this episode of Radio Brews News Matt catches up with Chuck Hahn from Lion to thrash out the issue of beer provenance and labelling.

In particular we look at Lion’s Kosciuszko Pale Ale which nominally hails from Jindabyne, although the greatest volume of it is brewed in Lion’s Sydney Malt Shovel Brewery. The interview ties up some loose ends from the Byron Bay brouhaha in January.

This interview was recorded a few weeks ago and so I touched base with Chuck last week to get an update on where Lion was at with their labeling considerations. Chuck advised:

“With  Kosciusko Pale Ale  continuing to grow, we definitely will be brewing it in Geelong before the summer, and we will acknowledge that on the label.  As we discussed before, it might be easier just to say “brewed by Lion under license from Kosciuszko Brewing Co.”  this allows us to brew at MSB and also at Geelong.”

If they Lion moves to that with Kosciuszko and their other brands, they certainly should be applauded for the move towards better transparency.

After the discussion about labeling we move onto the recent Mad Brewers Scotch Ale,  only available in kegs because of the difficulty in scheduling a bottling run for it. We discuss the challenges of scheduling their special release beers and upscaling brews from the Malt Shovel Brewery. Chuck reveals why James Squire is moving away from the 660ml bottle to a standard pint bottle, which he reveals will be called The Friendship Pint.

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3 Responses to RBN climbs Kosciuszko with Chuck

  1. Dunc on June 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Hey Matt, you know it’s ok to let your guest speak from time to time in an interview? And to ask a question that doesn’t go for ten minutes…

    • Editor on June 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Couldn’t agree with you more Dunc. Not one of my finest interviews and I gather Prof agrees with you too. Writing is much easier, you edit as you go.


      • Editor on June 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

        But I will say, it’s incredibly difficult to publicly question someone you like and greatly respect but also disagree strongly with…it’s hard enough to do it in private but when the conversation is going to be broadcast it’s even tougher…

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