Tapping into their craft
BRIGHT Brewery’s Richard Chamberlin says the Great Australian Beer “Spectapular” ( GABS) sums up craft brewers in a nutshell.
The annual festival held at Carlton’s Royal Exhibition Building is the chance for craft beer and cider makers to push the boundaries and create a unique, one-off limited release.
“We do a bit of work behind the bar when we’re down there but we also get to see what other brewers come up with and every year you’re left amazed at some of the ideas and how well they’re executed,” Mr Chamberlin said.
“The festival as a whole just gets bigger and bigger each year, it’s in Sydney and Auckland now and is just great for the industry and the exposure it gives us.
“I guess being where we are, it’s also a good chance to catch up with Melbourne brewers where a lot of the market is and talk to customers who can then put faces to the people behind the beers.”
After creating a Thai Red Curry Pale Ale last year Chamberlin and assistant brewer Tom Wood have delivered a unique Saison/Farmhouse Ale they’ve called BAM-BALAM.
For their take on the classic style they’ve made a black version of the typically light Saison and dosed it with a hit of locally sourced lavender.
“We let staff put ideas up on our brewer’s whiteboard and lavender was one of the ideas that stood out,” Mr Wood said.
“For the brew day we sourced some lavender from High Country Lavender in Porepunkah and then post-fermentation went to the lavender farm in Harrietville to pick some culinary varieties.
“We wanted to get lavender into the beer and have it taste and smell like lavender but not taste like you’re drinking perfume so that was the biggest challenge.”
At this year’s GABS Chamberlin will be a panellist for one of the popular ‘Craft College’ sessions with brewers and cider makers discussing the inspiration and techniques be- Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Page 11 ONE-OFF: Bright Brewery’s Tom Wood and Richard Chamberlin sample their latest creation ahead of this week’s Great Australian Beer Spectapular. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey hind their GABS creations.
He’ll also take part in Brewmanity’s ‘Big Freeze’ challenge to raise money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease.
The Great Australian Beer Spectapular begins on Friday and goes until Sunday.