I first got involved with beer and the industry at 18 when my Dad got me an apprenticeship with Tyne Bank Brewery.
Given my age, I didn’t know a great deal about ale and it was a struggle at first. Coincidentally, at the time Mark was the head brewer there and got me up to speed in all things hops in no time.
After a year of working at Tyne Bank my apprenticeship came to an end. Moving on from there, the love of food and drink stayed with me and I went onto working in bars and kitchens across Newcastle.
I heard that Mark had a job opening at Almasty and the idea of taking up where I’d left off and to learn more about the brewing industry with him again sounded like a great opportunity. So here I am.
When I’m not working I enjoy staying active by going to the gym and attempting to play football. I occasionally enjoy the odd pint or two or three…
My favourite beer would have to be Framboise, a raspberry ale by Kirkstall. The flavours are just amazing and they have the sweet and tangy balance of the raspberry perfectly.
As for Almasty, I think the Small IPA is as good as it gets, it isn’t too strong and hits the spot nicely.
I would love to open up a bar abroad. Probably a pipe dream but having a bar somewhere like Hawaii would be living the dream for me. And I’d definitely have Almasty on tap.