Brew­ing up a fu­ture that’s sure to be in safe hands

Good news for Chiltern firm at fore­front of real ale re­vival

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - By Debby Thompson debby.thompson@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE Chiltern Brew­ery is rais­ing a toast to a num­ber of suc­cesses.

A long-stand­ing mem­ber of staff has just achieved a top brew­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion and the brew­ery has re­cruited two univer­sity grad­u­ates to learn the fine art of brew­ing.

Through­out its 35 years The Chiltern Brew­ery has been at the fore­front of the re­vival of clas­sic English ale styles fly­ing the flag for proper, and re­vived, tasty, Bri­tish beer. Part of that com­mit­ment to brew­ing in­volves at­tract­ing and train­ing tal­ented the new peo­ple the in­dus­try des­per­ately needs.

Long time Chiltern Brew­ery em­ployee Dave McGovern has been awarded a highly- re­spected Diploma in Brew­ing Qual­i­fi­ca­tion from The In­sti­tute of Brew­ing & Dis­till­ing – an achieve­ment he and Head Brewer Tom Jenk­in­son are thrilled about.

Dave, who has been work­ing at the brew­ery now for 10 years, said: “One of my friends worked here part time and I thought that work­ing in a brew­ery sounded like fun. I went for an in­ter­view, got the job and I was right.

“I love the fact that some­thing you spend all day and week work­ing on and look­ing af­ter brings so much joy to so many peo­ple. It’s great go­ing into a pub and think­ing ‘I made that’.”

Dave de­cided he wanted a qual­i­fi­ca­tion to re­flect his com­mit­ment to his ca­reer in brew­ing, some­thing which Di­rec­tors Ge­orge and Tom Jenk­in­son firmly en­cour­aged him to do. The course was spilt into three mod­ules and to fit round his work Dave de­cided to do one mod­ule a year.

New re­cruits Lloyd El­lis and Ben Col­lard joined the brew­ery as ap­pren­tices this sum­mer.

Both are univer­sity grad­u­ates and have made a big com­mit­ment to a pro­fes­sion that needs a lot of train­ing and hard work.

“It’s won­der­ful to see these young lads make the de­ci­sion that they want to be brew­ers and to ac­quire the age-old skills of brew­ing that were, at one time, in dan­ger of dy­ing out,” said Head Brewer Tom Jenk­in­son.

“We are an ac­tive lo­cal busi­ness in­vest­ing in lo­cal peo­ple for the fu­ture and proud of that,” added brother and Di­rec­tor Ge­orge Jenk­in­son.

“We would en­cour­age

The Chiltern Brew­ery grad­u­ates, Ben Col­lard, Dave McGovern and Lloyd El­lis all em­ploy­ers to fol­low this route and to see the plea­sure and sat­is­fac­tion that it brings to ev­ery­one in­volved.”

The Chiltern Brew­ery www.chiltern­brew­ery.co. uk is based on an old work­ing farm in Ter­rick near Wen­dover. It is the old­est in­de­pen­dent brew­ery in Buck­ing­hamshire and the Chiltern Hills.

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