Question Time with Sean Franklin, Roosters Brewery
> Rooster’s Beers have been a firm favourite of mine for a long time. Now widely available at such pubs as The Maltings in York, The Old Bell in Harrogate and The Palace in Leeds, Rooster’s in already a firm favourite in Yorkshire.
Did you have to give up a ‘day job’ as such to do it? If so, how was that?
Sean: I drove the taxi and delivered the beer in the same vehicle until I bought a pick up. Quite soon I concentrated on the brewing and sold my Black Taxi plate.
What’s your favourite Rooster’s and non-Roosters beers/Breweries?
Sean: New Belgian in Fort Collins Colorado for the philosophy and management attitude. Sierra Nevada in Chico California for the dedication (second to none) to making the very best beer. There’s lots of heroes in the brewing business. I like the Crouch Vale beers and Harvestoun too. There’s lots of great beers out there. I like any beer that has complexity and intensity of aroma, balance of ‘primary tastes’ and a long ‘finish’. There’s too many to mention.
Do you find much opposition from pubs/bars to stock artisan brews these days, or has the current ‘foodie’ climate made things any easier to get your wares stocked?
Sean: We only sell on draught so it’s pubs only we sell to. Things got a lot better since some of the tied houses began to take micro brews. Make no mistake that it is the major breweries and the pub group that control how much of the market is open to us. The halving of the duty rate for small brewers helped a lot financially.
Where do you drink?
Sean:Old Bell Tavern in Harrogate is one of my favourites. The Maltings in York is another.
Could you give any advice to any aspiring young brewers out there?
Sean:Just go for it.
What will 2007 hold for Rooster’s & Outlaw?
Sean: More and more hop aroma and individuality in the beers. There’s no news for the present other than the beers coming out next week, see – http://www.roosters.co.uk/monthly.htm
We alsohave a bottler coming which should allow for the sale of some pretty original beers at the brewery door.