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Pat McInerney – Willie the Boatman

Pat McInerney of Willie the Boatman brewery, Sydney1. What was your first brew?
It came in a can and I thought I was Gods gift to brewing! Ha. Not really. After my first attempt of kit brewing I started the Tempe Brew Club and learnt from fellow members about mini mashes. The first beer I made that I enjoyed was a dark ale. Made up from a Tooheys Old can, some chocolate malt and a heap of DME….I was and still am a home brewer. Oh and it was hopped to the eyeballs with Galaxy.

2. How did you get this job?
Both Nick and I mortgaged our family homes and bought our own brewery. It seemed like the easiest way into the brewing industry 🙂

3. What’s your favourite beer that you have brewed?
The beers that Nick and I make are like our children. They are all my favourites. But if I was to pick one child over the rest I would go with our Cream Ale. It’s an easy drinker with a great mouth feel and a full body. Nick would go with our smokey Porter. It is delicious.

4. What’s your favourite beer brewed by others?
Iron Wizzard by the Grifter Brewing Co. I really enjoy the benefit of living in the Inner West of Sydney. There are a number of great breweries here and all make spectacular beer. I am a big believer in fresh is best.

5. Which beer would you like to brew?
I want to do more Belgian styles…. Can’t say too much more.

6. What name would you really like to give to a beer, and what type of beer would it be?
Sorry Anne! Named after my wife and it will be a Belgian Blonde. Damn. I have said too much….I said I wasn’t going to say much more and now I have let the cat out of the bag.

7. What’s your favourite beer style?
I just love all ales. I am a simple man with a simple pallet. I understand sours and farmhouse beers….but they are not my go to beers

8. What’s your favourite hop variety?
Galaxy. Classic Australiana in a flower.

9. What’s your favourite malt variety?
Simpsons Golden Promise.

10. Which do you prefer – draught, bottle or cans?
Cans. I love cans! Seriously though, I think beer is so much better served from the source. There is nothing better than walking into a brewery, pulling up a stool at the bar and having a beer straight from a keg in the cool room or even better from the Bright Beer Tank. Fresh beer is the best beer.

Technical Details of Brewery plant

We have a 1200 litre brew haus made up of converted dairy equipment

Willie The Boatman Brewery, Sydney