Beer is a Conversation: Chuck Hahn

Beer is a Conversation is a weekly chat with some of the people who make brewing the dynamic industry that it is. Through these conversations, we dig a little deeper into the stories behind the business of beer and brewing.

Over the last few months we have jumped into the time machine and talked about the early days of what we now call ‘craft beer’. This has been more through accident than design… but this week we have another one for you.

About six months ago Matt was having a chat with Chuck Hahn, a pioneer of the Australian brewing scene, and the conversation came around to changing beer palates.

Chuck mentioned that his original intention for Hahn Premium Lager was to brew and market a pilsner, but early testing found that the beer he proposed was too challenging for the 1988 beer palate that he was targeting.

Matt floated the idea of borrowing a homebrew kit and doing a batch with him. Chuck seemed to like the idea and organised to brew a batch of the beer at the Charming Squire.

This is a fascinating conversation about a time before hops as we know it today.

Enjoy the conversation.

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