I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
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Published May 26th 2016
No fuss in brewing your own beer & cider plus learn to cook
Would you like to brew your own beer in 7 days without much fuss and then be able to enjoy it with your own home cooked BBQ prepared meal? I know I would!
The guest start to arrive at the WilliamsWarn Brewmaster & BBQ School demonstration. Image by Gary Brown.
Now you can thanks to the WilliamsWarn Brewmaster and the BBQ Cooking School at Willoughby where they have combined the art of cooking a delicious BBQ feast with a variety of beers that have been made by the WilliamsWarn Brewmaster.
The WilliamsWarn Brewmaster. Image supplied by WilliamsWarn.
This world beating invention didn't come about overnight. It involved the combining of Ian Williams, who was the first New Zealander and one of the youngest in the world to be awarded the Master Brewer qualification by the Institute of Brewing, London. In 1998, he beat 188 other beers to win the title of The World's Best Lager at the Brewing Industry International Awards.
Ian has worked for DB, Heineken, Carlsberg and Lion Breweries and has travelled to over 25 countries as a brewing consultant working with over 60 breweries, as well as being a professional beer taster.
In 2006 he left Denmark and returned to New Zealand to invent what we believe to be the world's first personal brewing appliance and establish WilliamsWarn, which he co-founded with Anders Warn.
WilliamsWarn Brewmaster and its inventers.Image supplied by WilliamsWarn.
Anders Warn graduated with first class honours from Massey University's Food Technology programme in 1990 and has worked across a broad range of industries around the world, specialising in business improvement. Ian asked Anders to join him to help invent the Personal Brewery, in order to tap into Anders' extensive engineering knowledge. Together they have created the world's first brewing appliance that you could have in your own home or office.
Just think of how cool it would be to invite family and friends around to your home for a BBQ, Beer and Cider - where you have not only cooked the BBQ yourself, but you have also brewed up some of your own specially designed beer or cider.
Ben Farley Chef extraordinaire doing what he does best. Image by Gary Brown.
Sounds great, but what if you're not the best at cooking BBQs? Well they have that covered too. Why not enrol into one of the many cooking classes that are run by Ben Farley who will take you beyond the couple of recipes that you know how to cook. Ben is an international trained chef and passionate foodie, who also likes a beer or two.
Over 50,000 people have been through the school in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Hunter Valley since 2004. Ben caters for the meat and seafood lovers with Mexican Tapas and American style BBQs and what could be better than learning how to prepare and cook your own Christmas lunch or dinner.
Both the WilliamsWarn Brewmaster and the BBQ Cooking School have had rave reviews over the years, so much so that I couldn't stop reading them until I got to the last one.
If you have been brewing beer or cider for a while and you are finding that it is very time consuming and you're not getting the results that you thought the you should be getting, you should take the time and go to their website at www.williamswarn.com
and check it out for yourself. Not only does is have plenty of great reviews from existing customers, it has videos and manuals.
There are also suggested Brewmaster Kits with a number of options available, plus ingredients and other merchandise for sale.
I know that Ian and I will be back and I am sure that everyone else enjoyed the demonstration, beer, cider & food. Image by Gary Brown.
Sure you might baulk at first at the cost of one of the WilliamsWarn Brewmaster, but if you think about it, if you have brewed beer or cider before, over time you will start to save money and time spent brewing your own style of craft beer.
Check into the BBQ School at Willoughby. Image by Gary Brown.
Maybe you own a pub or hotel and you would like to start making your own brews and have your patrons try something different each week.
If so, you should contact them at Williams Warn or the BBQ School to see how to go about it. Or even better, you should book yourself, family and friends into one of Ben's BBQ cooking schools and see how it's done.
The WilliamsWarn BrewMaster is available through selected Harvey Norman and E&S Trading stores as well as a number of locations online and throughout New Zealand. You can find a full list of stockists here www.williamswarn.com/Contact-us#.V0d6BUJAS68.
If you are ever in New Zealand you are also always welcome you to come and visit the showroom.