Julian studied Engineering and Commerce (BEng B Comm) at Monash University in Melbourne. An unofficial part of the Engineering syllabus is BEER. The drinking, the brewing, occasionally even the colouring green. Julian then did his time in the UK absorbing their real ale culture while doing some practical engineering by day, then came back to Australia, all the while studying craft beer. He became a beer judge and helped at various beer events so it was only natural that he combine his two passions to become a brewery and distillery design engineer.
Julian finds himself spending a lot of time on making sure things are just right: they work well, they fit well in the space, they are easy to clean. This lead him to design the SPARK K500 (internationally patented) 500L nano brewery for pubs, clubs, cafes and maybe even your garage.
Julian says: "My favorite beer is Saison Dupont because its has such a simple recipe but such a complex and drinkable bottle conditioned fermentation character. I like beers that result from process as much as ingredients - all the great beers of Europe and America result from highly developed specific processes on their brewery. I'm always impressed by the drinkability of the big West Coast adjunct brewed IPA that result from careful dry hopping and late hopping techniques. I'd love to build more brewing systems to allow that and would love to see more of that kind of work in Australia."
Caleb is your man when it comes to installation. Also when it comes to discussing just who made the better IPA. Caleb has long had an interest in good beer and brewing. The home brewing bug struck at an early age and he has been brewing ever since. After a BFA and and a few years spent building a house for his mother Caleb eventually combined a lot of his interests with a job as project manager at Spark.
Caleb says: "My favourite beers tend to be very dry and/or have a prominent fermentation character. Stand out beer to date is Girardin Black Label Gueuze. It is very drinkable and has complexity and elegance that allows it to cater for all occasions. It is refreshing and quenches a thirst, lively enough for a celebration, goes well with food and is complex and interesting enough to savour every sip and keep you occupied for hours!"
Helen looks after accounts and does some marketing too: she's the back office who's always asking for new photos of your brewery and venue. Helen came into beer via wine. She spent one year working in a laboratory after completing her BA/BSc. This experience led her to acknowledge that her side job selling wine was much more fun. Since then she has worked with some of her favourite wines (Burgundy and German riesling) in London. Here in Australia it's all about the beer.
Favourite beer: a well brewed IPA using galaxy, fresh and fruity. Hmm but of course it would be silly to forget Midnight IPAs. And then Sauce's Russian Imperial Stout was so delicious....