Richard Williams

Brewery: Old Potter’s Brewhouse


Location: Western Cape

What is your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I am the head brewer for Old Potter’s Brewhouse in Greyton.

I started in 2016 as the assistant brewer while our brewery was still in the early stages. I was really fascinated by the craft industry and how all the brewers learnt from each other, like one big craft family.

It was then that I decided to one day become the head brewer. I learned the hard way as an assistant but am very grateful today for my friend and previous brewer, Alex, as we learned a lot and grew together at the brewery.

What’s new at your brewery?

Something I’ve always wanted, a hot liquor tank to make it easier for me to double my brews per brew day.

What’s the best part of being a part of the South African craft brewing community?

The best part is how we can interact as brewers and learn from each other.

Name your favourite food and beer pairing.

Nice burger and our “My China” rice lager.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to your job?

When I passed my intermediate medical exam in 1998 and worked as a ambulance practitioner.

What’s your favourite beer from another brewery?

IPA from Drifter Brewing Company

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?

Go to church and spend time with my family.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?

Hermanus at Hemel En Aarde Brewery

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