Back with round three in the ‘Meet the Brewer’ series with a far shorter wait this time around!
Today, it’s time to chat with Hans Oelofse from Chelmsford Brew Co. in, yes you guessed it, Chelmsford!
How did you become a brewer?
What’s unique about your beer?
We have absolutely no regard for what is trending, we brew what we find interesting and hopefully, others will agree. We use traditional techniques as well as more contemporary ones to maximise the beers. You have to learn by doing and be brave.
What efforts do you make to be environmentally friendly?
The brewing process is sadly not very environmentally friendly. Lots of water is used, and the carbon footprint is still a concern for not just this industry, but we try to do what we can.
How do you feel the internet has changed the way the craft brewing industry operates, if it has at all?
Yes it has changed, it’s become more accessible for sure. That leads to good and bad things. Sometimes it feels like a popularity contest and the actual beer is forgotten.
How do you choose which styles of beer to brew? Do you just do the types that interest you personally, or do you try to fill some roles that are underrepresented in the craft beer scene?
We choose our beers based on what we find interesting and if it goes against the trend then it’s a bonus. There are subtleties in brewing that not many people can pick up on but as a brewer, this is what gives us goosebumps when it’s right.
What are the biggest problems you run into in producing beer?
What has been your favourite beer you’ve brewed to date?
Port Jackson; a smooth and malty black ale with a light and silky mouthfeel.
If there were a beer that you could brew with no regards to cost or production or sales, what would it be and why?
If you could collab with any other brewery/brewer with money/distance being no issue, who would it be and why?
Leigh-on-Sea Brewery locally or Skinners in Truro, Cornwall.
One tip you would give most homebrewers to make better beer.