Søren Eriksen

Owner & Brewer, 8 Wired Brewery

Søren is the owner of 8 Wired Brewing.

“Our story began on Christmas Day, 2005. That was when my future wife, Monique, gave me the classic Coopers homebrew kit. We were living in Perth at the time and I brewed my first “lagers” in the blistering Western Australian summer, without any kind of cooling or knowledge. Needless to say the beers were awful, but I was hooked none the less.

A couple of years later we had moved to New Zealand and I started dabbling more into specialty grains and hops. Before long I was brewing all grain beers and the hobby was talking a stronghold on my life. Somehow Monique and I persuaded ourselves to take the leap to professional brewing and we devised a plan to start a brew pub, preferably at a quiet beach community somewhere in the North Island.”

8 Wired’s brewing style is mainly focussed on “New World interpretations of Old World styles”. In their permanent line up they have multiple shades of very hoppy IPAs, Saisons, Porters and Stouts but also boast what is believed to be the largest collection of barrel aged beers in the southern Hemisphere. Currently they have about two hundred (225 litre) barrels full of beer and have recently acquired 7 “foedres” as well. These are essentially large barrels, ranging from 1500 to 4000 litres each.

Søren will be presenting his expertise on brewing sour beers for all you true sour geeks.

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