This week's Brewer of the Week brews one of my favourite tipples whenever I head home to Scotland, the magnificent Fraoch.
Name: Scott Williams
Brewery: Williams Bros Brewing Co.
How did you get into brewing as a career?
Homebrew. I have a homebrew shop in Glasgow which I took over from my dad via my brother years ago. I work in the shop one day a week and chat to brewers – sharing ideas and talking about malt n hops etc.
What is the most important characteristic of a brewer?
To love beer. To be open to variety and seemingly opposing styles.
Before being a professional brewer, did you homebrew? If so, how many of your homebrew recipes have you converted to full scale production?
If you did homebrew, do you still?
Yes – but truth be told mainly I brew at work.
What is your favourite beer that you brew?
Ask me which of my children I love most why don't you.
If you have worked in other breweries, which other beer did you enjoy brewing, and why?
Didn't. But would like to brew in Japan.
Of the beers you brew, which is your favourite to drink?
How important is authenticity when making a new beer, in terms of flavour, ingredients and method?
I feel very strongly that using authentic ingredients is important – i.e. using heather picked in Scotland and in the right way – picking pine and spruce at the right time etc. However. I brew a lager using a single stage mash and lager yeast (ferments at 8 degrees), Saaz hops blended with bobek and Amarillo – Belgian lager malt and then lager the beer for 90 days. So using the word "lager" is correct and unusual, however non-traditional in that the ingredients are a blend of influences.
If you were to do a collaborative beer, which brewery would you most like to work with and why?
Lets say 'Little Creatures' – sounds like a fantastic place to hang out and watch the Ocean after I have been kicked out of the brewhouse for interfering.
Which beer, other than your own, do you wish you had invented?
For the sake of my family I would have to say Carlsberg – nothing to do with the beer but could do with the distribution (and dosh). Just think how many fantastic microbrewies/brewpubs I could build with those resources.