Gypsy Brewers! Brewtal Brewers

Gypsy Brewers! Brewtal Brewers

How would you define the term “gypsy brewer”? Essentially, gypsy brewing is a form of contract brewing in where a brewer with no premises or equipment of their own rents fermenter space with an established location to be able to produce their product. But that definition is pretty dry and doesn’t really delve into the complexities the practice entails.

Gypsies have their problems, ranging from a lack of space for them to rent, unfamiliar equipment, and unpredictability. This however, is offset by some pretty great bonuses. The simple fact that they can get their product to market without the risk of financial ruin allows them to keep the creative juices flowing and really bring something different to the people.

This feature will showcase a few of our gypsy brewers here whom will also be peddling their wares at the upcoming “Tipsy with the Gypsy” event at the Mill on Constance on October 17th this year. Who better to describe the ins and outs better then the folks who live it?

Tim Goulding needs little introduction. GM of the Scratch Bar in Milton and all-around great guy, he is always willing to sit and have a chat, unless he has to chase his daughters around. This mild mannered individual makes BIG bold beers under the guise of Brewtal Brewers.



How long have you been brewing?

I started home brewing about 4 yrs ago with a mate, Brewtal did it’s first commercial batch 3.5yrs ago and have been slowly doing more since the first batch.

Where do you mainly brew out of?

I’ve been mainly brewing out of Newstead Brewing co. currently but have also done batches at Bacchus and Beard & Brau.

What’s been your favourite recipe to date and why?

Its hard to pick out one cause I love all the beers but West Coast Thrash is special cause it been my first beer i’ve developed myself from the ground up.  Everytime I brew or drink it, I just want to listen to thrash metal and head bang!!

What do you feel are the advantages of gypsy brewing?

The advantages for me is the freedom to brew whatever I want to and not have to brew a 4% pale to make ends meet. It fits in with the Brewtal way of bigger bolder beers. Also it’s working with other brewers who own their equipment and having their knowledge and guidance to get the best out of my recipes.

What do you feel are the disadvantages and struggles of gypsy brewing?

Its hard to have regular brewing times cause You need to fit into breweries schedules and working around them. Also working out of a few different breweries brings variation with batches as different size equipment and brewing methods brings different results. It would be ideal to have a facility to be able to brew regular bigger batches. It’s hard to have beer out in the market all the time cause of these limits I guess.

Any advice for future brewers looking to get into gypsy brewing?

Listen to metal. Be passionate about your beer. Don’t compromise. Be a nice person.

You can check out Brewtal along with many others at the ‘Tipsy with the Gypsy‘ event, put on by the Brisbane Beer Barons at The Mill on Constance, October 17th. They’ll be on hand, some with some special one-off brews, and to serving up some chat. Tickets are available on Event Brite, so get them now!

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