Find out more about Hugo and Isa, the current team responsible for the beer brewing activities of the the Mediamatic Myco Insulation Brewery.
31 | Barcelona, Spain | Graphic Design and Typography
His hobbies mostly have something to do with learning about traditional craftsmanship, like bread baking, shoe-making, beer brewing and cooking in general. "I like the way disciplines like these can be perfected over time but never truly mastered."
What is Hugo's role in the brew team?
Hugo and Isa will be looking for the best way to incorporate the special character (taste, mouthfeel, aroma) that comes from the unusual brewing process that is required for making the mycelium panels. "I like sincere beers made by honest brewers."
Hugo has some experience in home brewing, but the construction of the lab before brewing was something new! "I enjoyed thinking about the best way to solve the construction problems and also being part of its execution. It has been a lot of work, I cannot lie."
What challenges are anticipated with this project?
Hugo is excited not only for brewing but also the design, coordination and optimisation of a process that will keep on working in an efficient way after the team leaves.
"I wanted to know how it was to live in a country where grown-ups eat chocolate sprinkles on toast for breakfast."
26 | Valencia, Spain | Wageningen University, MSc Food Technology
Her hobbies include building bikes, sports in general, and cooking, especially bread baking.
What kind of beers do the brew team hope to create?
Isa will be working alongside Hugo in order to experiment with the beer brewing process and create quality beers. She has some prior experience with home brewing and has made some APAs 'American pale ales' as well as some ciders. "They were all drinkable!"
At the moment, the team are making single malt, single hop saison beer, but they hope to develop two more recipes: one with a chocolate character, and one brewed with wild herbs.
Isa likes bitter, hoppy beers and her favourite is an IPA, 'Indian pale ale,' which she learnt to love while in New Zealand.
What excitements are anticipated with this project?
"The current phase! I am excited to try the first beers and test the quality and taste." Isa is looking forward to seeing the fruits of her labour and tasting the effect of the non-standard brew techniques on the saison beer.
"Mediamatic is open to innovation and the unconventional." Much like Isa.