The Kernel - An interview with a London Brewmaster
We managed to pin down the man behind one of London's finest breweries - Evin O'Riordain - and ask a few questions.
1. You're probably sick of this question but we'd just love to know: why did you first get into brewing?
I went to the States. New York. It opened my eyes to what beer could be. I'd imagined that nothing like that was happening back here. So figured that it needed to be done and I started brewing when I returned home.
2. What was your first brew like?
The simplest recipe possible - one type of malt (Maris Otter), one type of hop (Centennial), clean American ale yeast. 5.1% Pale Ale. It was glorious. Still have some bottles, and it still is.
3. What is your current favourite beer style?
The world is too full of beautiful diversity to have favourites.
4. What is the most impressive food/beer pairing you can recall?
Vanilla ice-cream and an Imperial Stout affogato or Stichelton blue cheese and an Imperial Stout.
5. Are there any varieties of beer you haven't brewed before that you may brew in future...any experiments on the horizon?
We have a small experiment in spontaneous fermentation lurking in a dark corner, but the horizon for that one is years away.