This week we catch up with beer writer, brewer and now beer Forefather, Willie Simpson.
If you read about beer in the era before blogs, Willie was most likely the person whose words you read. Willie has been writing about beer since the late 80s and more recently been brewing it at his brewery, Seven Sheds, in Railton Tasmania.
Willie joins us to talk about his recent collaboration with Stone & Wood for their Forefather series of beers, joining Phil Sexton in those ranks. Willie also gives us his thoughts on the current beer scene and all that went before.
Willie’s collaboration beer, inspired by Geoff Scharer’s Burragorang Bock, is described as having a rich malt flavour that hints of chocolate and dark fruits, lagered for six weeks to make sure the finish is super smooth.
In the pre-ramble, we discuss the Australian Craft Brewers Conference and the Craft Beer Awards, as well as Thunder Road’s win in the Federal Court.
In the post-ramble, Matt takes a potshot at Dan Murphys’ / CUBs’ hamfisted beer and food match ads that are less about actually trying to find a beer that matches a dish than shilling beers that go with everything only because they don’t have enough flavour to clash with anything. In doing so, they manage to undermine efforts to actually communicate anything meaningful about beer and food matching.
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