Episode 8 may have been a long time coming – sorry, there – but it sure-as-shit was worth the wait.
The birth of this episode actually began with a rumour: since moving to Warkworth two years ago, I had heard from several sources about a place where a bunch of über-creative folk from across the brewing, winemaking and wider gastro scene had all congregated together under one roof to share the space as flatmates. The dinner parties and get-togethers slowly became the stuff of legend: tales from friends about rolling out the front door completely gullet-full (but with a beaming smile on their face) piqued my curiosity in a big way.
But once I found out that the brewers from a few of the North’s best breweries – 8 Wired, Deep Creek and Sawmill – were all living together under this one particular roof, I knew that I had to tell the story to anyone who would listen.
Nothing stays the same for long – life is just a series of phases, etc. – so I felt a sense of urgency; a need to capture the story for posterity as soon as I could muster it. Thankfully, the four flatmates at the heart of our story were just as keen as I was (okay, maybe a shade less keen…but equally-keen once you adjust for the fact that I’m annoyingly-excitable).
We recorded Episode 8 of the Brew Hui Podcast in a quiet corner of their sprawling flat, while a swag of seasonal grape-pickers ate homemade pizza in the next room. (The pizza, like the natter in our quiet corner, was excellent.) I snapped the picture below of our four eclectic flatmates just after we had finished recording: Russell Erskine (8 Wired) is seated on the left, Justin Oliver (Bohemian Cider/Te Rata Wines) is standing on the left, Johan Lagercrantz (Deep Creek) is standing on the right, and Scott Sharp-Heward (Sawmill) is seated on the right.
It was a fantastic evening, spent eating great pizza, tasting great beer and capturing a slice of something truly unique and special. I’ll be forever grateful to the four flatmates for their hospitality and generosity as they shared their improbable story.
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As usual, the intro- and outro-music is from a track called ‘Red Pepper‘ by the fabulous (and presently-defunct) Wellington band Harbour City Electric. Head along to their Bandcamp site to grab their EP and full album – you can even name your price!
My sincere thanks to Russell, Justin, Johan and Scott for inviting me into their flat and telling their story. Also many thanks, as usual, to Harbour City Electric for their dulcet tones.
See you soon* for Episode 9!
*Not an actual promise