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Gavin Croft – Croft Brewing Co, Brisbane, QLD

Croft Brewing - Gavin CroftWhat was your first brew?
My first homebrew was an English IPA, doing a partial mash and using plenty of EKG and Fuggles. My first commercial release was ‘Saison Grenade’ with pomegranate and hibiscus added during whirlpool.

2. How did you get this job?
I created it.

3. What’s your favourite beer that you have brewed?
My favourite beer to drink would be ‘Wolf Scratch’ Pale Ale (I love my hops). My favourite beer to brew would be the ‘Quick Draw’ Smoked Helles (only a few malts, and not many hops – super simple). The beer I am most proud of though is the ‘Biscuit Blast’ Brown Ale (solid flavour for a 3% beer). So I guess it depends on what you’re asking.

4. What’s your favourite beer brewed by others?
Since Green Beacon got their hopback, it has been hard to go past any of their hoppy offerings. My favourite Australian farmhouse ale is Beard and Brau ‘Bon Chiens’. And both ‘3/4 Time’ and ‘Hammerhead’ from Newstead Brewing Co make excellent knock off beers. I also like ‘Saison Dupont’. A LOT.

5. Which beer would you like to brew?
You could expect to see a Croft IPA released this year… And maybe even an Imperial Stout if you behave yourself!

6. What name would you really like to give to a beer, and what type of beer would it be?
If I told you, I’d have to kill you. The beer would be helles tasty though.

7. What’s your favourite beer style?
Don’t make me choose!  (Farmhouse, Sours, Smoked and APA)

8. What’s your favourite hop variety?
For an APA, I’m currently in love with Citra.

9. What’s your favourite malt variety?
Nothing beats mashing in a beer with smoked malt.

10. Which do you prefer – draught, bottle or cans?
Horses for courses. I love the atmosphere of pubs/bars so you’ll probably find me drinking more draught than anything else. Bottles are essential for your highly carbonated, bottle conditioned beers or anything you want to take to a nice restaurant. Cans are a better packaging solution though for everything else – better for the beer, better for space, better for the environment.

Technical Details of Brewery plant

Gypsy brewer using a few different hosts in South East Queensland.   Biggest batch to date 16hL, smallest batch 4hL.

Image of Beard and Brau Brewery where Gavin produced some of his recent beers.