Winner of the People’s Choice award for best Pale Ale at the Microbrewery Showcase, Sideshow Brewer Clyde D'Angelis talks to Time Out about his love of freak-shows and beers
Clyde, you’re one of the newest breweries to pop up in Victoria. How did you start?
I’ve been homebrewing for 12 years. I went and saw the boys at Kooinda Brewery [in Heidelberg], and they said, “When you’re ready, come down and brew here.” That was a good stepping-stone. We did our first brew in December and started selling in January. We’re selling in about 20 bottleshops around Melbourne.
Tell us about your beer.
We’ve got one at the moment – the Ticket Booth Pale Ale – and our second beer is getting released in May. Ticket Booth has three different kinds of hops: citra, amarillo, and cascade. That’s where you get the nice fruity tones, especially from the amarillo.
Where did you get the idea for Sideshow?
I know it’s weird, but I’ve always liked clowns and sideshows and circuses. We wanted to come in nice and easy with Ticket Booth, just to get people to know the brand, but we’ve got some really crazy, weird, wacky beer coming up (chocolate milk stout!), and it just suits a sideshow sort of feel.
Who’s your team?
It’s just me and my wife Jodi. I’m in the fire equipment industry, and I’m pretty much doing both full-time. Hopefully in a few years we’ll have our own brewery.
What is Sideshow Brewers going to be doing in the rest of 2013?
We’re going to have three or four in our main line, and bring out limited-edition beers throughout the year – a Christmas beer, a Halloween beer, all special stuff.