FAMILY BREWS: Kerry and Geoff Marsden share their insight into the world of crafting beer.
FAMILY BREWS: Kerry and Geoff Marsden share their insight into the world of crafting beer. Matthew Purcell

Brews brothers keen to engage next gen

IF you can't buy it, brew it.

When Queensland was thrown into the great Brisbane beer strike of '78 two brothers took it upon themselves to think outside the norm.

Instead of buying "imported rubbish” they opted to start brewing and bottling their own beer.

Forty years later and they're encouraging a new generation to take up the challenge.

"Goes back to when they had the big beer strike on. Couldn't get any XXXX,” Geoff Marsden said.

"We had all this imported stuff from down south - Southwark, KB. I remember at Kerry's bucks party in my shed, they had these little KB kegs and they never had a neck on them. You had a six pack and you'd take the first one out and three would fall on the floor.

"So we probably started making it about then,” he said.

They started out basic. Kerry bought laundry detergent, cut the tops off and brewed his beer in those.

"We tried to drink it but we couldn't. Frothing at the mouth.”

The brothers said they're always learning new ways to perfect their creations.

Over the years the Stanthorpe Show's Beer Stewards have gained a bit of a monopoly on the prizes on offer at the event.

The show started with four classes and has expanded exponentially. With the advent of craft beers, it has opened up what they're able to do and what people are willing to drink.

"Traditionally Australian drinkers drink lager, whether a VB or Great Northern or a XXXX, but with the onslaught of the craft brew there's a lot more styles and your average punter is happy to give it a try,” Kerry

said.

They say there's really nothing to brewing beer and it's the sort of thing anyone can do - as long as you have some patience.

"We haven't been getting word out there early enough before the Show so they can make it and bottle it and have some ready.

"If you let people know two weeks before, well it's not going to be ready.”

There were 67 entries at this year's Stanthorpe Show but they want to see that number skyrocket in 2019.

"A lot of people make beer, but for one reason or another they don't enter. Maybe they're frightened of Kerry,” Geoff joked.

"At next year's show we'd love to see that change and people give it a crack.”

If interested you can find their contact details on the Stanthorpe Agricultural Show Society website.

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