Up Close and Personal
Just like those golden DVD extras, we at BrewDog are all about what goes on behind the scenes, not just what happens after our beers hit the shelves or the glass. So, to allow you to know more about how we make our beers we'd like to introduce you to the people responsible.
Today it's the turn of our extreme sports and tattoo afficiando, 21 year old Kyle North. Kyle took five minutes out of scrubbing the wort kettle to take part in the following interrogation.
How did you get into brewing and how did you find BrewDog?
"I got into brewing completely by chance actually. I'd been working as a landscape gardener for four years and found myself living in Fraserburgh. I was looking for something new and ended up helping the guys packing boxes at the brewery. I hadn't actually set my sights on brewing as such but in July James and Martin approached me and asked if I wanted to try my hand at it. With the help of Stewart and the rest of the team I've slowly been learning the ropes and it's been a massive learning curve."
How would you describe an average day in the parlour of chaos that is BrewDog HQ?
"Hard work first of all! It's twelve hour shifts either 8am until 8pm or vice versa; the brewery has to be manned 24/7 so it's all hands on deck. I tend to chip in with everything be it bottling, packing, mashing in, cleaning out, pitching yeast. To say there's a lot of cleaning involved is an understatement. Just so happens I hate cleaning. Somethings have just got to be done though."
Kyle, a massive tidal wave has just hit the brewery and you're washed away to a desert island with just one beer, what would it be?
"Tough call. It would have to be either Dogma, 77 or Paradox for its whisky taste. If I had to choose just one it would be Dogma because of the biscuity flavours. What can I say – I love biscuits! Can I also take my BMX? I couldn't live without that."
Is there any beer whose brewing is deserveded of the Mission Impossible soundtrack?
"Tokyo at 18.2% is by far and away the trickiest to brew because of the high alcohol content. For this we need to get the mash tun topped right up and this results in even more cleaning so the process takes longer. I'd say Punk, 77 and Zeitgeist are my favourites to brew."
Has becoming part of the BrewDog pack changed your perceptions to beer?
"Definitely. Before I worked with BrewDog I wasn't really a beer drinker at all. Now I can appreciate beer, especially craft beer, because I understand the amount of work that goes into making it from start to finish. I wouldn't touch mainstream beer again."
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- I work for a catering firm and while its not uncommon to see people Kyles age working for the company its rare that they get a pat on the back like this. Nice to see BrewDog not only have time to make great beer but also encourage Scotlands next generation of craft brewers. Graeme07.10.2009
- Keep up the good work boys (and girl). It is truly refreshing to have a brewing organisation in Scotland which does not conform to the norm.
I advocate to all I know that love beer to give your selection a try, and most, if not all, who give it a go are delighted they have.
As a home brewer I can appreciate the delights of the process you perform on each and every ale. Onwards and upwards and I await with anticipation your next adventure (still to try Tokyo, so I still have more to go).
Mark, Greenock. Mark T07.10.2009