Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Member's Profile - Cameron

The following article has been taken from the August 2015 edition of the Mornington Life Magazine

By Kristy Martin



Cameron Turner has a job most guys would kill for.
As the head brewer at Hickinbotham of Dromana, his days are spent creating and refining (and, of course, tasting) the perfect beer. But while it may seem cushy, Cameron says it is actually hard work and long hours,but his passion and dedication to his craft pays off.

Hickinbotham's Hix Brown Ale recently received the top score in its category at the Australian International Beer Awards. The local brew scored a silver medal, triumphing over 30 other entries from breweries around the world.
The Australian International Beer Awards is the second largest beer awards in the world, outside the World Beer Cup. The 2015 AIBA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, attracted a record number of entries with more than 1700 submissions from across 35 countries. Cameron says beer brewing is very scientific, but also relies a lot on the senses.

Hickinbotham has six permanent beers on tap, plus a range of seasonal beers. “We do very small and experimental batches and we prefer to focus on quality rather than quantity, supplying locally on the peninsula and also the Melbourne area."
The Hix Brown Ale is Hickinbotham's most awarded beer since the company first entered the AIBA in 2011. The Hix Summer Ale was awarded a bronze medal in the Pale Ale category at this year's competition.

But Cameron admits he wasn't always such a pro when it came to the art of beer brewing. In fact, when he first applied for the job at Hickinbotham eight years ago, he showed up to the interview with a ”slapdash resume and an esky full of home brew”.
Still, he got the job and the rest,as they say, is history. “It was a bit different going from 50 litre batches to 1000 litre batches. Every day I am learning new things."

Cameron still loves his job as much today as the day he started, and admits people are jealous when they find out what he does.“A lot of home brewers wish they could do this for a living. It's long hours and it's hard work, but I wouldn't do anything else."
Cameron says he's now got his sights on the trophy (the highest accolade) for next year's AIBA .

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