Brewing up a future that’s sure to be in safe hands
Good news for Chiltern firm at forefront of real ale revival
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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