Bier dat het beste smaakt na een goede wandeling. Of dat nou op een berg in Zuid-Wales is, of in de Haagse duinen. Stony Mountain is geïnspireerd door de natuur, en door in de natuur zijn met vrienden. Want samen met vrienden, smaakt elk biertje sowieso het lekkerst, aldus maker Stephen. We vroegen hem naar zijn ‘hobby that has gone wrong’.
Hé Stephen, je bent nog niet zo lang bezig met brouwen. Ook had je nog geen ervaring. Hoe ben je er dan mee begonnen?
“Completely by accident. I was a bit bored and was looking for a new hobby. I saw a video of someone brewing beer, and I thought ‘If he can do it, why can’t I?’ So what followed was a lot of googling and searching on the internet about what to do. The first time I brewed I was really conscious of following a checklist, and I constantly asked myself whether it was supposed to look like this and how long every step should take. It was pretty much balancing thirty litres of hot boiling liquid with an iPad next to it and trying to do research on the spot, while also trying to keep the kids out of the kitchen. But it worked. I still remember opening my first own bottled beer in the backyard, with the idea of getting rid of all the other bottles without anyone seeing it if it would taste awful. But luckily that wasn’t necessary.”
‘Stony Mountain’ is niet de echte naam van een berg. Waarom ben je je bier zo gaan noemen?
“Even after the first couple of homebrews I wanted my beers to look more professional, so I needed a label with a real name on it. In South Wales, where I grew up, we lived close to Mynydd Machen. Since I couldn’t pronounce that properly as a kid, I called it the Stony Mountain. For my beer, I wanted a strong and stable name, and what is more stable than a mountain? And, of course, the Netherlands needs more mountains!”