Meet Ash Hazell! This rad dude,close friend of mine and wonderful soul is the Head of Brewing at Colonial Brewing Co!
Yep,Ash Hazell oversees brewing at bothColonial Brewing Co breweries inPort Melbourneon the east coast of Australia and Margaret River in the west.
2 weeks back I jetted down to Melbourne-town for my yearly MRI brain scan and surgeon’s appointment, so last minute I dropped Ash a line and locked in an afternoon of drinking beers, brewery tour and podcasting with this legend!
Like many of the world’s best brewers, Ash fell in love with home-brewing beer from his very first taste of a mate’s home-brew at 16. Fiercely determined to then make this thing his life, completing chemistry degree with units of biochemistry and microbiology, Ash Hazell began his journey into professional brewing at one of Australia’s first craft beer breweries, Little Creatures Brewing Co, then founded Barrow Boys Brewing and was eventually head-hunted to take the reins at Colonial Brewing Co.
We cover off on Ash Hazell’searliest ever beer memory, what inspired him to become a brewer in the first place, the Colonial Brewing Co Crosby Stills & Mash Gin Infused IIPA, South West Sour and their latest top secret brew, the delectable chocolate, honey and rum infused Violent Rumble.
And then of course, we had a few more beers… 😁🍻✨
Yum, Yum, Yum…Super, super podcast chats… Let’s get into it!
Jaymz Clements is a US-based Australian writer, editor, broadcaster, NBA fanatic and the founder/host/writer of NBA ‘Straya, Australia’s favourite daily NBA podcast hosted from New York City.
Jaymz & I met back in 2010, when I was managing bands in the Australian music industry and he was Music Editor of Melbourne’s biggest free culture magazine and website)ofBeat.
An editor/journalist for over 10 years. He writes about music, sport, film, TV, travel and everything in between for the likes Rolling Stone, Triple J, The Vine, MStars News, Blunt Magazine, The Brooklyn Game, AWOL, SHK Magazine, Faster Louder, Junkee, Tone Deaf, Beat, Brag, and Mixdown.
Flash forward 8 years and Jaymz is living in New York City working remotely, pursuing his passion for NBA and podcasting full-time with the launch of the NBA ‘Straya podcast.
Super hilarious and interesting insights about what it’s like as an Aussie to pull the trigger on living in New York, proposing to his wife in Central Park LOTS of banter and chat about Ben Simmons and all of the Australian basketballers playing in the NBA as we head into the NBA post season and just what it takes to keep yourself self-motivated whilst pursuing your passions for a living.
Here I sit.10km above the earth, USA-bound on a jet-plane, 12 hours from touch down at Dallas Forth Worth International editing this week’s podcast with goal driven, ex NBA Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls & Australian Olympic basketballer, Chris Anstey.
7ft tall and a world of experience. Chris Anstey didn’t start playing basketball until he was aged 17 and then in his first match filling in on his brother’s team, scored 52 points in one game not knowing that there were 2 scouts in the crowd. And the rest is history…
Despite all of the accolades and championships that he’s won as a baller, what some people won’t know about Chris Anstey is that prior to basketball, his first love in sport was tennis – a promising young Australian tennis player, Chris peaked as the #2 ranked junior in Australia of his age-group at aged 15, played with The Scud AKA Mark Philippoussis and was doubles partners with champion AFL footballer Dustin Fletcher.
Blessed to be welcomed into Chris’ home through a mutual friend of ours, Chris and I spend the hour talking about his open, honest & pragmatic transition from tennis to basketball, what it means to represent Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, leadership, understanding your team and each individual’s style of learning so that you can help them raise the bar for their own skill-set and aspirations, beating Michael Jordan & the Chicago Bulls and much, much more.