Mike loves to share good beer with good people and writes about it at Craft Beer House.
The beer(s) or moment(s) that turned you on to good beer:
I moved to London with my wife in 2008 and I feel like this was a turning point for me as I traveled around Europe and tried many different beers. One experience in particular was staying with friends in Tilburg (Netherlands); they took me to a Trappist brewery. Somehow, we managed to ride our bikes home after trying some very strong, flavoursome beers.
On returning to Australia, I started to seek out local craft beer and started my Craft Beer House online blog.
You've got three beers to turn someone else on to good beer; what are they and why?
Hawkers' Rover Henty St Ale – It is just a great session ale with nice, hoppy flavours. A good introduction to a craft pale ale.
Nail Brewing VPA – This is an award-winning pale ale brewed in my hometown of Perth. I have converted a few friends to good beer by recommending this one. Tropical flavours with a moreish bitterness.
Beer Farm IPL – I recall drinking this beer for the first time thinking, 'This is a great beer for a lager drinker wanting more.' It's a hopped up lLager with fruity flavours and a clean, light malt bill.
The last beer you enjoyed (at time of writing):
South Fremantle Brewing Co’s first can release, the Saltbush & Pepperberry Pilsner. A very interesting beer.
As he sets about making his mark on Homestead's beers, we caught up with Stuart Taylor in the Swan Valley to chat about his journey from front of house to helm of brewhouse, uncool hops, early Hop Hog, and stupidly-patterned pants.
Homestead Brewery have been pouring beers for thousands of visitors who pass through the home it shares with Mandoon Estate since 2014. As they look to expand across Perth, we caught up with their head brewer.
It started out as a bunch of mates brewing together at weekends, turned into a mission to get beer on tap in their favourite bars and eventually become South Fremantle Brewing. As they launch their first can, we find out more...
Mike Cridge / March 20, 2019
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