Ben Skidmore, Craig Hamiton and Amanda Skidmore are the winners of James Squire’s ‘You Brew’ challenge where novice brewers create their own unique beer. Source: News Limited
A BEER created by two SA tradies and a barista will be on tap for North Adelaide drinkers to taste-test next year.
Goolwa couple Ben and Amanda Skidmore and their mate Craig Hamilton won James Squire’s You Brew competition with their craft beer Two Mates & The Missus.
Three teams spent four weeks brewing and bottling their own creations before pastry chef Jonny Pisanelli, freelance photojournalist John Kruger and UniSA Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition graduate Karli Small judged the brews on November 7.
Judges picked the three teams out of a pool of 15 that registered.
The team’s creation won over the judges for it’s “interesting combination of ingredients”.
It also won the People’s Choice Award which was judged by 100 invited guests.
Ben – who has been home brewing for two years – described the beer as an American pale ale with “quite a fruity after taste”.
“I love Pale Ales – I think they’re a good all-round beer – that’s why I wanted to brew a Pale Ale,” the carpenter said.
“We used some Galaxy hops in the end, so it’ll be quite passionfruit-y and pineapple-y, with a bit of a floral finish.
“All my mates always rave on about my beers so they were pretty confident I was going to win.”
The team spent almost seven hours brewing on October 12. The beer was then kept in a climate-controlled area for 10 days to ferment.
The two other teams brewed Amber ale and English porter beers.
Judge and pastry chef Jonny Pisanelli said he liked the “clarity” of the beer.
“Everything you want in a pale ale is there.”
The beer will be on tap at Curious Squire in O’Connell St from late January.