Meet Brewer Andy
Name: Andrew Mitchell
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
How long have you been in the brewing game?
What are the best and worst things about being a brewer?
Best is that you get to do what you like as a job, and worst is that you have to drink beer every day. I guess someone has to do it!
When you’re not brewing, what are you doing?
If you weren’t a brewer, what would you be?
If you could visit any brewery in the world, which would it be?
The Westvleteren Brewery is a Belgian brewery founded in 1838 inside the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren in the Belgian municipality of Vleteren, not far from the hops-producing town of Poperinge and the medieval city of Ypres.
If you could brew a collaboration beer with a famous personality, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, because he is German and loves beer, and he would probably be able to explain a lot of questions on the meaning of life.
What’s your all time favourite beer drinking experience?
When I was asked to lead a tasting of “Westvleteren 12” for some journalists and wasn’t looking forward to it because anything above 7% alcohol tends to taste like petrol, and this one is 10.2%. However when I first sipped it, I had 100 different flavours exploding in my mouth at the same time, and never gave the alcohol a thought. This was a really well balanced beer. It made you almost want to join a monastery.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what one beer would you want deserted with you and why?
Yenda Chocolate Vanilla Stout, because it is the closest thing to pudding, and enough goodness in it to keep you alive and happy.