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How did you first get involved in beer? I was recruited from a graduate course in 1979 while I was studying at the University of Manchester. I joined Courage in Southwark, London, where I was the supervisor in the bottling plant, which was later demolished to make way for the rebuilt Globe Theatre....

By from Issue 23 published on 27/03/2009

How did you first get involved in beer? Probably all the fault of my good friend and fellow brewer Eddie Gadd. Having spent three years ‘seeing the world’ after University it came time to get a ‘proper job.’ I didn’t really fancy a proper job though, and thankfully Eddie talked me into giving brewi...

By Sally Toms from Issue 21 published on

How did you first get involved in beer? I was 17/18 when I fell in love with beer. In fact love is probably not a strong enough word. If beer was a woman I’d probably be subject to a court restraining order. When I was in my late teens and my mates were out clubbing and taking drugs I was locked in...

By Sally Toms from Issue 20 published on 26/09/2008

How did you first get involved in beer? As you probably know Czechs are more or less weaned on beer, so you don’t have a Damascus experience; rather beer is part of you from day one. I always knew somehow that I was going to be a brewer and that’s why I took my degree in brewing at the Faculty of ...

By Sally Toms from Issue 19 published on 30/07/2008

How did you get involved in beer? Like many people, as a student! My two industrial placements were at Harp Lager (I know, but I was a student) in Moss Side, Manchester and Moray Firth Maltings (as was) in Arbroath, Scotland. I then studied brewing at Heriot-Watt in Edinburgh and the rest is just a...

By Alastair Gilmour from Issue 18 published on 19/06/2008

How did you first get involved in beer? Being a fifth generation Cooper, my family were always involved with the brewery; during my youth my father was company secretary and the brewery was located near our family home, so beer was never very far away. What is fashionable in Australian beer at the...

By Sally Toms from Issue 17 published on 30/04/2008

How did you first get involved in beer? The call to a life in beer materialised with a typically wild and wonderful escape from childhood. I drank my first pint of beer at the age of 13, Theakston’s Bitter, with my father at a pub in the Lake District – I can taste the fresh hop character to this d...

By Sally Toms from Issue 16 published on 25/01/2008

How did you first get involved in beer? I did not like school, so I left. Unfortunately I forgot to tell my mother who got a bit miffed and found me a job in the local brewery – Wilsons Brewery in Newton Heath, which was part of the Watneys Group. As an avid Manchester United supporter, I was quit...

By from Issue 14 published on 04/10/2007

How did you first get involved in beer? I started working in our family’s brewery in Edinburgh to earn pocket money while I was still at school – filling barrels, helping out on the lorries and the like. The brewery was just down the road from my school so it was very convenient for a quiet glass o...

By Sally Toms from Issue 13 published on 03/08/2007

How did you first get involved in beer? With the silver spoon when I was born! I started formally as marketing manager of JW Lees when I was 28 and eventually became managing director in 2000. What is fashionable in beer at the moment? Anything so cold that you can’t taste that it’s beer. The UK be...

By Sally Toms from Issue 12 published on 25/05/2007

How did you first get involved in beer? I was somewhat of a wayward youth and after leaving school at 16 spent time commercial fishing and delivering lifeboats for the RNLI around the United Kingdom. Having been encouraged to join the family firm as a brewery engineer apprentice everything clicked ...

By from Issue 11 published on 23/03/2007

How do you look back at business in recent months? For the British beer industry it has been challenging – the summer was not as good as we would have hoped given the football and the warm weather, and the recovery in the autumn did not fully compensate. On the other hand, there does seem to be gr...

By from Issue 10 published on 26/01/2007

How is business for Shepherd Neame at the moment? We feel we are in a very strong position. We do not share the gloom and doom that you find elsewhere. We feel our position is actually getting stronger and stronger. The market is moving towards more special beers and we have an interesting portfoli...

By Dominic Roskrow from Issue 9 published on 22/11/2006


 
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