How did you get into the business? What was your original set up like? Where did it all begin?
As many others in the craft beer industry I'm a homebrewer gone pro. I started brewing for a living in Italy, at a brewery that was brewing 500 litre batches when I started and I saw it grow to producing 5000 litres a day.
If you weren’t brewing what would you be doing?
I have a few other hobbies but at this point I think it's best that I stick to my day job, brewing.
What’s your favourite beer that you have brewed?
There have been many that were unique or went against standard brewing rules but that time we crushed up rigatoni in the mash is definitely a great memory. It was a pasta IPA... But also the first time we brewed Freshie Salt N Pepper at Nomad and used sea water as an ingredient is very special to me.
What makes your beer different?
I believe craft breweries should be unique and diverse from each other, at Nomad this has always been very important to us and although we may brew modern beer styles with many ingredients in common with other breweries we have our own way of letting them shine through.
What music do you like listening to when getting ya brew on ?
I have to admit that I have lost control of the music selection and the other guys choose the playlist for the day and it's mostly horrendous stuff... If it was for me it would be a weird mix of country&folk and 80's-90's Hip Hop
What are your predictions on beer trends for 2019?
It's a tough one but I'm really waiting for some of my favourite classic beer styles to come back to popularity, or maybe that will happen in 2020 but I'm sure they'll come back at some point. Having that said I really enjoy and get excited about new ideas and substyles. We recently brewed an awesome Brut IPA here at Nomad called Champers.
What’s the funniest/most creative name you have seen on a beer given?
There have been many tongue in cheek beer names, specially for small batch festival only beers but actually Freshie Salt n Pepper although sounding a bit weird just fits the beer very well.
The big debate - draft, bottles or cans?
Draft and Cans for most beers. Some beers need and deserve a bottle.
Where is your favourite watering hole?
I live in Collaroy and I am very lucky to be walking distance from The Beach Club. Always a good selection of beers and a good chance to try our own beers away from the brewery.
If you were stuck on a desert island and could only have one beer, what would it be?
I have said it before and it hasn't changed over the years - Rochefort 10. But just one... that's really tough!