This week we speak with brewer Simon Pesch from Hong Kong Craft Beer Co.
We speak with Simon because we received a media release about a new beer that Cathay Pacific has launched, “a scientifically crafted beer to be enjoyed at 35,000ft”. We wanted to investigate the science behind the beer, but it was also a great chance to find out a little more about the craft beer scene in Hong Kong.
Before relocating to Hong Kong, Simon was brewmaster for Pyramid Breweries in Berkeley, California, where he developed recipes and oversaw production on a 125-barrel brewhouse. Simon has been brewing beer for over 25 years.
We also discuss the news that TSG Consumer Partners has acquired approximately 23 per cent of BrewDog in a £213 million ($352 million) transaction involving £100 million to fund its continued global expansion, with the balance of proceeds providing for early shareholder liquidity.
We reference this great article from Martyn Cornell: The REAL story behind BrewDog’s ‘sellout’ is that crowdfunding will only get you so far.
We discuss celebrity chef Matt’s Moran’s epayphany about beer for food.
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- Dermott Dowling – BeerCo
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- Kris Domigala
- Damian Renehan
• Ian Clark