Worshipping Beer @ Temple 精酿啤酒芳香在墨尔本发酵

Nicholas Pang

Temple Brewing Co., Director

What makes Temple Beer so unique is the fact that it is brewed fresh with no preservatives. Produce of choice sourced from Australia and New Zealand are used together with roasted grains, and hops. It has its own unique style stemming from the way it is brewed. The idea would be to brew beer that is not complicated but just a good beer to drink.

Nicholas Pang who was a specialist in corporate restructuring, found himself attracted to the challenge posed by the craft beer industry. In Australia the craft beer industry is considered to be in the early stages yet but has the potential to be as big and as popular as the Australian wine industry today. It is still considered a fledgling industry on the international arena as well.

Temple Brewing Company has five types of beer tap with three bottled beers and are about to bottle their fourth beer. The two all-time constant beers at Temple are “Bicycle Beer” and “Anytime IPA”. Other crafted beers available which may be seasonal are the “New World Order”, “Rye Hard IPA”, “Power Stance”, “Hazy Dayz”, and “Scarlet Super”.

So come on in and be a part of Temple – where beer is worshipped and no detail is overlooked.

Nicholas Pang,原本任职四大国际会计师事务所之一普华永道的经理,

为何毅然甩下了办公室高级白领本职宁愿守在啤酒桶旁?

Temple Brewing Co – 这家由来自各方创意人士联合注资经营的精酿啤酒酒吧,Nicholas Pang 也是其中一位注资者。

他腼腆的笑说,作为啤酒爱好者,精酿啤酒魅力实在太美妙了,他想让更多人感受,而澳大利亚生产的优质大麦,其实就是顺手拈来的最佳原料。

我们觉得精酿啤酒在澳大利亚的市场前景可以期待。” Nicholas 马来西亚出生,目前为澳大利亚公民,现在是Temple Brewing Co 的董事经理,他的专长和嗜好显得精彩,除了本身持有健身教练资格证,也对现代艺术有涉猎。

Temple Brewing 每到营业时刻都是一片觥筹交错,欢笑干杯声不断。当然,现场最关键的主角就是-啤酒。除了他们主打的 Bicycle Beer Anytime IPA,其他口味的啤酒是附和季节变化,相当有创意和新鲜感。

随着登场的 New World Order (浓郁烟草、浆果和咖啡口感)Rye Hard IPA (橙色燃烧风味,有柑橘果香味融合)Hazy Dayz (草和丁香占主导地位)

Power Stance (100%德国比尔森啤酒麦芽,辣味重)Scarlet Super (水果酸味和蔓越莓香味混合)

Made In Melbourne 行走在墨尔本街道

KEN ONG

Councillor, City of Melbourne, Chairman of Planning

“For me, being a Councillor is not a career path,” claims Cr Ken Ong, a Malaysian-born businessman who is currently serving his second term as Councillor of the City of Melbourne. “My background is in Engineering but I have also been very active in community volunteer work since 1984. I found it very rewarding to help and support non-profit organisations in their work, but I  also discovered that a lot of it is run with very little support from the Government, hence much time is spent on fund-raising. About 15 years ago, it was suggested that maybe I could look at entering politics and try to influence policies that increase support for the non-profit sector.”

This altruistic intention was set in motion when he joined the Liberal Party before trying for a seat in the Victoria State Parliament, back in 2006. “Why the Liberal Party?,” Cr Ong asks before explaining his decision. “Their values of respecting individual rights and supporting the endeavours of individuals to better themselves is something I also adhere to. While I believe that there needs to be social welfare services to support those who need it, those who are able to improve themselves should be encouraged to do so rather than to just receive handouts and not try to do something about getting themselves ahead.”

Failure to get elected did not prevent Cr Ong from trying again in 2008, this time running for the Local Council elections for the City of Melbourne, instead. The first two years following his appointment was focused on Community Services, the Arts and Multicultural Communities, Waste management and the business precincts. “I spent 30-40 hours a week on this “part-time” role in addition to running my own business and other community activities,” says the busy statesman who is keen to walk the talk. “It is not about how much time spent and how much we get paid – for me it is about wanting to achieve outcomes which will improve the city for its people. It is the reason why I entered politics. I believe that we need to achieve and not focus on the politics of the role or the popularity factor which is about votes and getting re-elected. As I mentioned before, it is NOT a career in politics that I am after. As such, I am not about trying to please everyone or please some small group of voters.”

As councillor, Cr Ong has faced his share of challenges in ensuring the world’s most livable city retains its allure. One of the key components is infrastructure, which ironically, is lacking budget allocations despite the predicted growth of people living and working in the city. “We have a saying: “Great streets make great cities”. A great city is designed firstly for people and people will need to use the streets. New developments need to contribute to improving and expanding infrastructure at ground level. Otherwise, one of the key factors of our liveability – urban design and urban landscape and the streets – will be affected negatively,” he points out.

The effects of progress is something that Cr Ong has witnessed first-hand after he moved to Melbourne three decades ago, some for the better and some for worse. “From less than 6,000 residents in the city in the late 1980s, there are now 120,000 residents living in the municipality of the City of Melbourne and a daily weekday population of 900,000. All these changes are actually very good as it has developed into a very cosmopolitan city which is also a centre of sports, arts and culture, food and wine and tertiary education. (But) one thing that has happened in the last 3 to 4 years is the influx of foreign investments which seem to have a view that we can develop Melbourne similar to that of a mega city, with large residential towers which sometimes do not provide for amenities for its residents, that do not respect its neighbours or do enough to respect the streets.”

With so much time dedicated to the city, his business and volunteer projects, its not surprising that moments of leisure are scarce but valued. “My garden provides me with relaxation, reading both fiction and non-fiction and spending time at home relaxing,” says Cr Ong who is married with two  children in university. “Raising children anywhere is a challenge. Raising children in a foreign country has the added challenge of ensuring that they are able to remember their heritage and mother language as well as the cultural values. It is not always easy. In Australia, where nearly half the population are immigrants, it is even harder. However, there are many communities who have groups who try to encourage cultural and language activies to help in this area.”

On the cultural note, Cr Ong who chose to move to Melbourne for the better quality of life it offered, is himself, very involved in the Chinese Association of Victoria, having served  in the committee since 1985. “I believe that our heritage and where we come from is very important in defining our beliefs, our character and how we express ourselves in what we do. Staying close to our roots means we do not forget who we are, where we came from, what we have learnt and experienced, and that we hold them as our underpinning principles. Otherwise, our identity will be lost.”

由于纯粹醉心于城市建设,让这名看起来缺乏政治细胞的男人卷入了政治世界的漩涡中。其实对我来说,政治和议员并非工作计划之一。

Cr Ken Ong-在马来西亚出生的商人,有着专业工程师背景,现在则是墨尔本市议员。从1984年开始,他活跃穿梭于志愿团体中,只因对建设社会的执着。过后我开始清晰认知,如果要成为非营利组织的后盾,那么只有我投身政治,利用其中影响力做出改变。

依循这个目标,他在2006年加入了澳大利亚自由党。自由党的价值观是保护和尊重个人权益,创造一个权利与义务皆受到认同的社会,这个理念也是塑造福利社会所需要的。

在维多利亚州议席选举失利的结果并不影响Ken Ong继续前进的心志。2008年,他终于在墨尔本市议会的选举中胜出,而在当选前两年里,他把工作焦点都集中在社区服务、艺术和多元文化组织、有害废弃物管理和商业区域。

我每周要花费30-40小时在我的兼职工作,并且还要兼顾商业本职和社区活动。这名忙碌的议员边走边说,无关于自己可以取得多少报酬,他认为,让这个城市的人生活得更好才是重点,也是他走向政治的唯一目的。

企求某些群体和小部分人的选票不在我的概念中。

作为负责规划的市议员,他最大挑战的就是进行更完善的基设组构,但面对的是紧涩的预算分配。我们常说,好的街道才是构成完美城市的基础。新的发展蓝图将扩建和改善地面基设结构,否则墨尔本的宜居关键因素将受到负面影响,尤其是我们的城市设计、景观和规划。

至于这个城市进步所带来的改变是什么?他回忆迁移到墨尔本的30年间变化:80年代后期不到6000个居民的城市,拓展到现有12万居民,目前为日均(平常日)有90万人口流动的直辖市,实际上已经是国际化的城市。墨尔本除了是体育、艺术和文化中心,甚至成为高等教育的中心,当然我们也拥有美食与美酒。

不过,他认为,在近3-4年,涌入太庞大的外资和人口也会对居住基设,城市和街道造成一定的负荷。

紧迫的工作日程使他的私人空间几乎被压缩,因此,家中的花园和阅读爱好是他休闲的避风港。谈到家庭生活,他两个孩子已是大学生。

在非土生土长的国家养育孩子,父母有义务让孩子记住自己的母语和文化价值,这个非简单任务;在澳大利亚,有近一半的人口是外来移民,情况更艰难。当然,许多社区群体都会在激活母语和文化上提供协助,试图鼓励大家铭记本身的传统文化。

1985年开始,他就是维多利亚州华人协会的委员。我相信,传统和根源界定我们的信仰、性格和表达能力,勿忘自己是谁,否则将会丢失本质。

Wunderkind of Iron Will 铁血般的意志

Joe Perri

President / Victoria Chapter, Australia Malaysia Business Council

The story begins over six decades ago. An obscure immigrant couple of Italian descent, whose only real chance at survival at the time, was to pick up what was left of their mangled existence after the second World War, exit their motherland, and start over in a whole new world—the forever home they would soon recognise as Australia. The man goes ahead, slogs to save a few coins, and sends them back for the woman. She then joins him in Sydney where they exchange vows before settling down in Melbourne.

PREMIUM PEDIGREE

The pair’s labours haven’t fallen on futile ground. The testament of their triumphs and tribulations are captured through a single fruit of their union—a male offspring who’d go on to become a walking legend. That human treasure is who the world today celebrates as Joe Perri, the president of the Australia Malaysia Business Council’s (AMBC) Victorian chapter. A master of ship who directs with heart and depth, his origins mark a set of footprints indelibly printed on the sands of a past bent on making history.

Holding dear beliefs, lessons, and strength of character passed down from parents who dared to dream, his remarkable trail, according to the man himself, is the sum total of a heritage rooted in sheer perseverance. “Their love, care, and guidance have stayed with me always and continue to provide me with a beacon and are the values and morals which sit at the core of my character when relating to my own wife, family, friends, and clients, and so on,” Perri notes.

DYNAMIC DOER

Although well into his fifties, he continues to look to his exemplary guardians as his ultimate source of inner zest. Smiling on the path already trodden, he’s anxious to plot the voyage that remains. It’s been 10 years since his immersion in international trade relations began. He was propositioned to use his wealth of marketing and communications expertise to assist the newly appointed national president of the AMBC at the time. Eagerly accepting, he then proceeded to join the organisation in his home base as member.

“The activities of the council, friendly nature of its members, their diverse backgrounds, and business interests in Malaysia motivated me to go beyond just being a member and led to my joining the Victorian executive team.” Here, his skills in marketing, public relations, communications, and more were put to good use. As a result, the appointment followed his election to VP and subsequently president, three years ago. Nine years before his first AMBC commission, the marketer founded his personal venture, Joe Perri & Associates.

“I’m a very positive glass-half-full kinda guy who enjoys working and engaging with people. Life’s too short not to have it filled with enriching experiences, which is why I enjoy my career path.” Picking up on that last point, his duties are divided into two streams—a commercial side where he helps businesses achieve goals through marketing and PR processes as well as a CSR side which he commits to in a voluntary capacity as president.

CONSCIENTIOUS COMMANDER

He adds cultural understanding and appreciation are feats to tackle, and that the way forward is to have the Asian and Western ways of conducting business adjust accordingly so the best of both worlds is the ultimate outcome. Facing these hurdles won’t be a cinch, but the implications on leadership and prospect of having to flex his captain of industry is justification enough for a heightened sense of exhilaration on his part.

“What an exciting time to be in business. International trade is quite frankly in overdrive,” the AMBC head quips.

It’s become increasingly clear to Perri that no country or economy can operate in isolation; every nation is now part of the global ecosystem. To maintain success and strengthen mutually-beneficial trade and investments between countries, alliances are a necessity—and more so, since Malaysia is Australia’s eighth largest trading partner. “The Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement enforced in 2013 was a significant step forward and will continue to be a platform to build on with more trade between the two nations.”

HAPPY CAMPER

On family, Perri’s consists of his wife, Luigina, two children, Danielle and Matthew, a goldfish as well as a “spoilt cat”. The latest to join that lineage is his son’s fiancée, Juliet. Their wedding takes place in October—the festivities for which the entire household is keenly anticipating. For senior, coming home to a loving family is one of the truest blessings in life. He may be a trade specialist, but the people mentioned above aren’t anyone he’d exchange for anything else.

Adding to that list, he is just as proud to have seen the world. Speaking of going places, the wanderlust-lover recently spent a weekend away with loved ones at a small township called Metung in the beautiful Gippsland Lakes area, a four-hour drive from Melbourne. “It was literally divine.  No tourist attractions, McDonalds, theme parks, cable TV or even a decent cell phone signal. Each morning, we woke to the sound of dolphins, seals, and pelicans in the water.” Now, he can’t wait to get back in a month.

故事的开端要追溯到60年前,一对意大利血统的移民夫妇,在二战之后,离开自己的祖国来到这个全新的国度-澳大利亚,并且在墨尔本定居之前许下结婚誓言,他们的子孙后来成为了土生土长的澳大利亚人。

这是澳大利亚马来西亚商务理事会 (AMBC) 维多利亚分会会长 Joe Perri 的家族故事,他的出身标志着一个不可磨灭的历史痕迹。

纯粹的毅力是我的家族先辈留下最珍贵的遗产。他们的爱、关心和指导也一直伴随着我,并且成为塑造我的性格、价值观和道德的关键核心。

他仰赖的家族信念,也使他与自己的妻子、家人,朋友和客户相处应对时,显得更从容自如和互相尊重。

虽然早已步入50知天命之年,但他还是继续寻找模范监护人,也许这是他内心始终保持热情的原因。他微笑地走过一段道路,现在的他急于绘制剩下的航程。

具有丰富市场营销和交流专业知识的 Joe Perri,加入国际贸易组织至今已经10年。当时,他接到协助 AMBC 新任全国会长的工作提议时,立刻欣然的接受。

当然,由于出色的表现,最终的结果是:他当选为副会长,随后成为会长。其实在这之前,他的个人创业公司,Joe Perri & Associates 成立已久。

我是属于看到杯子里还有半杯水的人(表示想法乐观),喜欢工作或与别人来往沟通,人生苦短,所有事物我们不能完全经历,这就是为何我乐于享受我的工作。

他目前的职责分为两块:在商业端,他透过市场营销和公关流程协助企业达成目标;至于企业社会责任方面,他承诺在自愿而具备能力的情况下担任会长。

他补充,互相理解与赏识的文化是解决问题的最大功臣,如果要在拓展亚洲的业务道路上前进,必须和西式行事风格相应调和,方能取得两全其美的成果。

Joe Perri 清楚认知到:任何国家或经济无法孤立操作;每一个国家现在是全球生态系统的一部分。为了保持加强各国间的互利贸易和投资,联盟是一种必然的结果。

纵然面对困难和障碍,但对于行业的领导和掌控前景却加剧了他的兴奋感。进行商业运营时是最激动人心的时刻,老实说目前国际贸易的情形是超速了。

谈到家庭,他与妻子 – Luigina,一对儿女 Danielle Matthew,最新加入的家人是他儿子的未婚妻,Juliet。儿子与未来媳妇深受祝福的婚礼将在10月举行,就是这位乐观男性的真实幸福家庭生活。

他休闲生活中最向往的地方-吉普斯兰湖区“Metung”美丽小乡镇,距离墨尔本4小时的车程。

“Metung 没有旅游景点、麦当劳、主题公园,有线电视,甚至手机信号。早晨醒来只能聆听着海豚、海豹和鹈鹕欢腾的声音。