Meet the Mountain Man Phil Cullen!
Mountain Man will be crawling down from its perch in West Cork to attend Killarney Beerfest this May!
And head Brewer Phil Cullen took some time out to talk all things Beer with us!
When was the company Founded / By Whom
In 2012 by Sue & Phil Cullen.
How did you become a Brewer?
I was taught by a master brewer in Canada back in 2000.
How was it Developed/Grown?
We started using the name Mountain Man Brewing for Phil’s beer back in 2006 but decided to make it commercial in 2012.
How many products do you currently produce and what are they?
Our core range consists of four beers; Green Bullet – Pale Ale, Hairy Goat – English IPA, Sneaky Owl Dark Ale & Banjo’d – Appalachian IPA
Which beer was your first craft beer?
A number of beers at the Belfast Beer Festival in 1995
What is you most recent product development?
Raised by Wolves – Cascadian IPA
How do you decide on new beers to brew?
They’re usually beers that Phil has developed over the years and then we decide what beer might be fun to brew full scale.
What’s the style most fun to brew?
Rauchbier! The Rauchbier style is an old German beer style, its origins go back to the 1500’s and to the district of Franconia and the town of Bamberg.
If there were a beer that you could brew with no regards to cost or production or sales, what would it be and why?
A non alcoholic IPA, just for the challenge!!!
If you’re not drinking your own beer, what’s your favourite to drink?
That’s too difficult to choose.
What’s your favourite food to eat with beer?
What are the biggest impediments to the growth of craft beer?
The large macro breweries.
Which other brewery has inspired you the most? Why?
Wychwood, because it was their approach to their labels and a visit to their brewery that solidified the approach to our own labels and brand.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone who thinks they want to get into the craft beer industry?
Do your research first.
Are you looking forward to our Festival this month?
Where can someone find your beers?
Tesco, SuperValu & Independent Off Licenses nationwide.