Originally Posted on Feb 17, 2016
Are you curious to know about the people behind the beers you buy? Or perhaps you want to know what inspires brewers to brew and beer bloggers to blog? Our “Q&A” posts are a light hearted way of getting to know people working in, and connected to, the beer and alcohol industry.
Today’s post features Thornbridge Brewery. Jim Harrison started the brewery with his passion for beer in an out building at Thornbridge Hall.
Who are you/what do you do? I’m Rob Lovatt, Head Brewer at Thornbridge
What do you think makes a great beer? Quality ingredients, a good recipe, consistency and passion from the brewers.
What is your favourite style of beer? Kolsch or American pale ale
Bottled or canned beer? Bottled.
What is the silliest thing you’ve done whilst drunk? I really can’t tell you that!
What is the best part of your job? Knowing how well our beers are respected makes all the hard work we put into it worth it.
You are stuck on a desert island, what three things are you taking with you? Rhianna, a life time supply of fresh Tzara and a fishing rod.
What inspired you to start up the brewery / what was the inspiration for starting the brewery? I’ve always had an affinity for good food and drink.
Where do you see, or hope to see, the brewery in 5 years time? Bigger, even more consistent and with even better brewing equipment.
Are there any other breweries which have influenced you? Sierra Nevada, Russian River and Schonramer.
How long have you been brewing at Thornbridge? 6 years.
What is the hardest thing to master when learning to brew? All the boring paper work and how monotonous brewing in general can be, but it’s essential for decent beer.
Have you always been a brewer or did you do different jobs before this? I’ve worked as a Roofer and at Rampton Hospital but only for a few years.
Thank you to Rob and Thornbridge Brewery for taking the time to talk to us.
You can view and buy beers from Thornbridge Brewery here.