Published on April 2, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Local lad done good
Beer giant Greene King has appointed Ross O’Hara as head brewer at its 220-year-old Suffolk brewery. Ross, originally from Rowlands Gill, Tyne & Wear, becomes its 17th head brewer, following in the footsteps of founder Benjamin Greene.
Ross joined Greene King as a shift brewer in 2016 with a first-class honours degree in brewing from Heriot-Watt University and a perfect brewing grounding with Caledonian and Heineken breweries. Last summer Ross, aged 28, became the world’s youngest Master Brewer when he completed the four-year course from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. In virtually all of his career, he has been responsible for the development of new brands and styles – great training for Greene King’s Heritage range, Yardbird Pale Ale, Gluten Free Old Speckled Hen, and the brewery’s seasonal beer range. He has also been instrumental in the development of the new industry-wide brewing apprenticeship scheme.
Matt Starbuck, managing director, Greene King Brewing & Brands, said: “Ross is a highly knowledgeable brewer, passionate about brewing with an exceptional technical ability and flair for innovation. He is a great advocate for brewing as a career opportunity, encouraging the development of others. We are delighted to make this appointment as we look ahead to an exciting next chapter for Greene King brewing.”
Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and also brews at Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar, East Lothian.
It currently employs around 39,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands, operating some 2,900 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.