Life & Style Weekend - - TASTE -

TOM Delmont is a man who loves beer, es­pe­cially well made, hoppy IPAs. Luck­ily for him, he is the face of a brew­ing com­pany ded­i­cated to brew­ing noth­ing other than IPAs. He launched Fix­a­tion Brew­ing Co in 2015 with an aim to re­de­fine what IPA means to Aus­tralian beer lovers. The com­pany has shown a fa­nat­i­cal pas­sion for qual­ity which saw it re­ceive Cham­pion Medium Brew­ery in its sec­ond year of op­er­a­tion. Fix­a­tion Brew­ing Com­pany has also col­lected gold medals at ev­ery Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Beer Awards (AIBA) and Craft Beer Awards (CBA) for its IPA and Squish Cit­rus IPA. Its ap­proach is dis­tinct with its com­mit­ment to brew­ing only IPA, cold chain lo­gis­tics, beer qual­ity and fresh­ness. Be­fore en­ter­ing the beer world, Tom was em­ployed by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment, work­ing as an en­to­mol­o­gist in biose­cu­rity. In 2007, he threw it all in and en­tered the world of good beer, quickly mak­ing a name as one of the first suc­cess­ful craft beer sales spe­cial­ists in the in­dus­try. He rel­ished spread­ing the word about great beer and as Mel­bourne brew­ery Moun­tain Goat’s first “On Road Goat”, he helped build the busi­ness into one of the most highly re­spected pi­o­neers of mod­ern Aus­tralian craft brew­ing in eight years. He was re­spon­si­ble for about half of the com­pany’s to­tal sales vol­ume and rep­re­sented the brand in Asia, NZ and North Amer­ica. When Moun­tain Goat was sold by its founders in 2015, Tom felt the time was right to move on and re­main in the in­de­pen­dent beer sec­tor, or start his own brew­ery. He did both. Fix­a­tion Brew­ing Co re­leased the first Fruit IPA in a can in Aus­tralia when Squish Cit­rus IPA was first launched. Squish is a highly an­tic­i­pated quar­terly re­lease, loved for the com­bi­na­tion of lus­cious amounts of white grape­fruit, blood or­ange and Amer­i­can citra, mo­saic and amar­illo hops. At 5.9 per cent the or­ange cans pack a bite, but are so damn re­fresh­ing they don’t last long. Have a taste at the Sun­shine Coast Craft Beer & Cider Fes­ti­val hap­pen­ing Novem­ber 25.

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