Q&A with our Head Brewer, Albert!

Welcome to our next Q&A, featuring our very own Albert Holmes! 

Albert joined us in September as our Head Brewer. Albert loves cooking (particularly Indian cuisine), mountain biking and has just started learning to paddle board now he lives near a lovely stretch of the Thames. 


First of all - what's your favourite Phantom beer so far?

Space Camp! You guys managed to find me the last remaining can in the brewery - it’s that go to 6%ish hazy, thick, fresh, intensely tropical, juicy banger. Perfect strength to still be almost sessionable but packed with flavour - and a great example of what Phantom have been putting out.


What style of beer do you want to see more of?

I’d say, really well done Witbier. It’s an often overlooked and weirdly unpopular style, but it’s relatively simple and smashable. You can really let the yeast sing in it, and use lovely, subtle hops or spices or citrus, and you can taste them without them being blasted away by powerful hops. 


On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love crumpets?



You’re creating a playlist for The Haunt, who has to be on it?

Metronomy, Run the Jewels, Dave and Bonobo. 


How do they get the caramel inside a Rolo?

Do they even still make Rolos?!

Favourite thing about working in beer?

It’s a complete mash up of science, creativity and community. I love how it brings everyone together, it’s a very social environment - and a fun thing to do and make!


What beer destination is top of your list to visit?

Colorado. So many great breweries out there, I’ve never been to the states but always admired what I’ve read about their beer scene. Seems to be at the forefront of lots of craft beer styles in the UK. 


You have decided to jump out of a plane in the winter, hoodie or jumper?

Hoodie, to keep my ears warm. 


What do you want to see more of in the beer industry?

More diversity. I’ve spent too much time with white men in this industry!


Did someone

I don’t know, did they? 



When Albert’s not busy brewing you’ll find him enjoying a pint in the taproom, or thinking up new recipe ideas for the brewery and his kitchen at home!