By: Jason Carroll, Head Brewer
This journey began many years ago as an idea… a goal… a dream. Close to 9 years ago now. When the global recession came in, it closed my sound engineering business in the blink of an eye. At this point Lucy was only a pup ( so was i! ) and it all left me wondering… what’s the next correct step for us both?
At this stage the only beer I was exposed to was your typical mass produced beers, to which I avoided like the plague. I had no interest in beer what so ever… well… only when it was a necessary evil! Early on when I was out of work during the recession I watched a chef on TV make a nettle Ale at home. I thought WAIT, YOU CAN MAKE BEER AT HOME! Not just that but… with NETTLES.
With that I went out the next day, braved the Irish weather with Lucy and trimmed some nettle bushes. Making sure to just take the very top leaves! I used Nettles, Lemons & Limes and some bakers yeast. I had no idea what I was doing! I got a bunch of bakers yeast and threw it in. A few weeks later it was ready. ABSOLUTELY AWFUL… but ready. My girlfriend at the time wasn’t too impressed with the result but neither was I to be fair. BUT.. It sparked something in me. I found something that from the get go allowed me to be creative and the outcome was in large going to be down to my ability. A Completely different scenario from recording a musician with not so great talent and not so great equipment.
Before I knew it a few months went by. I had built my own all grain homebrew system… entered a couple of beers into Ireland’s first National Homebrew Championship and won gold in its Lager section for my California Common. Needless to say I’ve got a soft spot for that style.
Shortly after Lucy and I moved back to Cork City, Ireland ( born and raised ). Through lots of quality homebrewing and sheer persistence I got hired to Ireland’s best Microbrewery, The Franciscan Well as a general operator. Within 3 months I was independent on the brewhouse and qualified as part of the brewing team. A dream comes true.
Many years and many International Awards later I felt now is the time to move to the Craft Beer Capital of the World. The United States of America. I answered a post online that led me to talk to Paul Costick, One of the Founders of Line Creek Brewing Co. After a few conversations over facetime with the rest of the founding members ( Paul Schwinne, Brian Messer & Matt Ramsey ) I arrived in Peachtree City for a visit and was blown away by not just how beautiful the area is but by the people and their enthusiasm for craft beer and more importantly something local.
Cue October 2017.. Time for Lucy and I to fly. Saying a farewell to my family was always going to be an emotional moment but everyone placing Lucy in a crate to fly was 100 times more emotional! But, we’ve made it! We’re here in this absolutely beautiful part of the world and are ready to make some world class beer for the people of Peachtree City and beyond. Cheers everyone, and thanks to everyone for making us feel so welcome.
Let’s get brewing.
Jason & Lucy.