What is your Brewery name and where did it come from?
The XT Brewing Company. Prize if you can work out where the name comes from.
What is your brewery capacity?
We have a 15 barrel plant.
What is different about your brewery?
I want to make beers that are really accessible. It is annoying when you have no idea what a beer is like from its pump clip, so ours show the colour of the beer and the numbers show how the beers fit into the style range; no farm animals please. Oh, and great beer.
How long have you been brewing for?
I have been brewing ‘big’ for two years, but I’ve been full mash mini brewing at home since I was a nipper.
How did you get into brewing?
I have loved beer and learning about beer all my grown up life. Making my own recipes has been great fun and seemed a logical step.
What beers do you brew regularly?
The current regular brews are: XT-TWO (pale and continental), XT-FOUR (amber and addictive) and XT-EIGHT (dark and multifarious)
What special/seasonal beers do you brew?
I am currently working on a special collaboration brew with some other local brewers. It’s great getting together and sharing ideas with like minded beery folks.
Where do you think the future of brewing lies?
Don’t know, but I enjoy looking.
Do you bottle/keg/cask your beer?
We currently cask the beers, but we will be bottling and kegging the beers in the future.
What is you proudest moment in brewing?
When the first beer from the new brewery, XT-FOUR, turned out beautifully.
Do you have any brewing regrets?
I lived in the USA for a number of years and I wish I had got involved with some of the micro-breweries while I was over there.
What is your brewing ambition?
To brew something that really gets beer noticed in the foodie press and proves how beer is more versatile and interesting than wine.
What was last beer you drank?
XT-FOUR – obvious answer, but true.
What is your favourite hop and why?
The next new one I find… although I do like Cascade, bit over used maybe but lovely lemony citrus aroma.
What is your favourite beer/food combo?
Steak pie, chips and gravy with a porter, in a Yorkshire pub with an open fire
Do you have a Brewing hero/inspiration?
Anyone doing something different and imaginative
If you could brew one collaboration beer with someone who would it be with and what would it be?
Sam Calagione and maybe brew something with plums and dates?
Which beer do you wish you had brewed?
How do you spend your time when you aren’t brewing?
Sorry, don’t understand the question.
If you could have one superhero superpower what would it be?
Super Zymurgist powers – ability to understand and control those pesky little fellows.
Anything else you want to tell us?
Please push the pubs and restaurants to wake up and look at all of us innovative little micro-brewers so we can show what good beer really is.