You’ve probably heard the expression “a giant among men” – if there ever was a brewer to match that description, it’d be Andrew Childs.
Aside from being a towering 6’5, Andrew’s been quietly practising his craft for years. Judging by the fact he entered no fewer than 13 brews in the Wellington in a Pint competition (under the moniker of “Tall Tale Ales”), he’s got more than a few tricks up his sleeve. These included winner Celia Wade-Brown Ale – named for Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown – and runner up Cuba Street Car Fire; a rauchbier replete with chipotle and cayenne pepper, this one proved a mite too hot for the judges!
So naturally when we heard that Andrew was launching his very own brewing company, we felt obliged to pop around for a chat (and to try his latest batch).
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You will find Behemoth Brewing’s Celia Wade-Brown Ale at the Auckland launch event at Brothers Beer, Wellesley Street on Wednesday 31 July from 5:30 onwards, it’s also available at Hashigo Zake in Wellington and it should be popping up in the next week or so at selected good beer bars around the country.
Brewers always have an interesting story or three, so off camera, we carried on chatting. For around the past year, Andrew has been pitching his home brew in . Given the quality thereof, we’re almost willing to overlook the fact he hails from our capital city, and remains unabashedly proud of his home town. Oddly enough, Andrew started out in law, but as his tale unfolds it becomes clear that his true passion is for brewing. (more…)