Meet Phillip Scott from Scott’s Brewing Oamaru.
Q. What are some of the challenges in creating consistent supply of good Scott’s beer?
A. The main challenge currently is lack of keggage! A good problem to have really, we seem to be ‘yes’ people, never wanting to turn down opportunities for people to enjoy our beer, but we’re constantly juggling kegs...will we ever learn?
Q. Which one of your beers do you always turn to in times of crisis?
A. I don’t know about crisis, but our NINETEEN 05 we call ‘the champagne of beer.’ It’s our ‘go to’ for mixed tastes at the table, or for someone who’s a ‘not really a beer drinker’ or of course the ‘I’ve just thrown a couple snags on the barbie/popped a roast in the oven/ been given a kilo of fresh fish’ dinner beer match that you can confidently pour with anything.
Q. Tell us your favourite beer and food match, or recipe featuring beer as an ingredient?
A. My mother is a keen chilli grower, and my wife makes a mean Seafood Chorizo Paella, paired with our Boulder NZ Pale Ale, I’ve recently discovered this pairing, pure genius!
Q. If you weren’t running a brewery what do you think you’d be doing with your life?
A. Good question! I couldn’t think of anything better, can you?
Q. Which kiwi craft brewers do you think are doing great things at the moment?
A. We we’re lucky enough to attend a food and beer match evening at Riverstone Kitchen late last year, with 8 Wired beers and their creator Søren Eriksen. He is one creative, clever man.
Q. Is it a tricky business being a husband and wife brewing team?
A. Tyla and I tend to keep each other on track. It’s great to have a constant sounding board, to throw ideas around and see what fits. Being two sides of one business we think we’ve really got things covered. Although there can be down sides when for example she might not be completely on board with purchases of more ‘tank bling’ as she likes to refer to them.
Q. What’s the biggest selling Scott’s beer? Why do you think that is?
A. It has to be the Gluten Free Pale Ale we’ve been making since 2007, it was our first brew and is still our best seller. We always receive great feedback on this little gem, and it’s especially nice to have people that haven’t had a real beer for sometime write and tell us how happy they are we make beer they can enjoy.
Q. Have you ever been visited by a celebrity at the brewery? Or have you had any famous customers?
A. Does the local Mayor count? Pretty sure the likes of Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood would easily down a Scotts drop or two.
Q. If you could visit a brewery anywhere in the world ,which would it be?
A. At our cellar door we keep getting visitors from Portland Oregon raving about the beer scene back home, there are nearly a hundred breweries in Portland alone... what a beer tour that would be!
Q. What’s the best thing about being in your new location?
A. Based at the foot of the historic harbour precinct, we get to brew in a supreme setting. Our tasting room enjoys a stunning street scene out over grand historic buildings, as well as harbour front and ocean views. With visitors from all around the world dropping in for a cold one; there is always a good convo to be had. We are officially the finish point for the new incredible Alps to Ocean Cycle trail, if you’ve cycled over 300kms you’re gonna wanna beer right? Life is pretty good these days, oh, and Oahu Ski field an hour away, skeleton staff on powder days! Fantastic fishing and surf breaks to boot.....it’s sometimes hard to find the time to brew!