Thwaites appoints new head brewer

Thwaites has appointed a new head brewer – and he is looking for an apprentice to help develop the brewery.
Mark O’Sullivan, 42, has worked for the company for 15 years and has developed all his brewing experience, craftsmanship and expertise there.
Speaking about becoming head brewer he said: “When I started working at the brewery I had so much respect for the head brewers, I really looked up to them. I always thought I would love that role and am delighted to have the chance to make the most of this dream position.”
Mark will lead a team of brewers who between them have over 100 years of brewing experience with Thwaites.
Mark added: “Working for a family business means a lot to us, especially because Thwaites has so much heritage. All four of us have been incredibly fortunate to learn our craft from four exceptionally experienced brewers over the years.
“This industry is brilliant anyway but now someone else has a chance to come in and learn the ropes from the bottom up and we are looking forward to sharing all of our years of experience with a new apprentice.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone – not only will they get to work in a great industry brewing quality beers but they will also be able to gain a recognised qualification in business with the huge heritage of Thwaites.
The apprentice is not the only development in the pipeline, as there are other plans ahead for the brewery, which has gone from strength to strength since moving to a new site in Mellor Brook.
“There’s a really exciting future ahead for the brewery,” Mark said. “We have just launched our new beer range and it’s doing fantastically well. With volumes on the up we are in the process of investing to expand capacity.”
“We will also shortly be unveiling new seasonal beers for the next year with a range of styles and flavours. As a hands-on brewer, developing those is hugely satisfying. It makes for a really rewarding role.”
Thwaites has been brewing for 212 years after Daniel Thwaites first established his brewery in the centre of Blackburn and is still in the same family.
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