The Nicest Guy in Beer

Andy Paker from Elusive Brewing

Season 2


Episode 117

On the Hop Forward Podcast this week we’re joined by founder of Elusive Brewing, Andy Parker: officially ‘the nicest guy in beer’.  We talk about how he won a The Craft Beer Co’s National Home Brewer award competition to have his beer produced by Dark Star, which led to the brewery’s conception.

We also chat about their flagship West Coast IPA, Oregon Trail, as well as what advice he’d give to aspiring homebrewers in a similar position today.  And we ask some honest questions about the reckoning occurring in craft beer at the moment.

This episode is sponsored by...

Crisp Malt

Since 1870, Crisp Malt has been producing the finest malt at Great Ryburgh in Norfolk. With 5 maltings located in the best barley growing areas in the UK, they produce a wide range of malts and non-malted cereals in 25kg sacks for craft brewers and distillers all over the world.

They still work one of the last remaining floor maltings in England and use it to make their pioneering heritage malts. They also craft roasted and crystal malts of unprecedented consistency on their vertical, all electric tower roasting plant, the only one of its kind in the UK. Check out their website for more information about their range of malts and also their educational blogs and webinars too.

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