JonnyBrewery Operations Manager
How did you come to work at North?
Interesting question, thanks for asking. Working previously in Logistics for a Kidney Care Company, a good friend and fellow beer enthusiast sent through North’s Insta advert saying he thought the role was made for me. I initially thought the idea of working in Craft Beer sounded too good to be true, but as I read further into it, it dawned upon me how much of a dream job it would be and how exciting it would be to work for a company with North’s reputation. I applied, came up for an interview, got giddy and tried/failed to hide the inner fanboy, and was offered the job. After a pandemic-induced delay, I eventually walked through the door at North last Summer and haven’t looked back since as we’ve worked our way through the pandemic and the massively exciting Springwell project!
What was your first memorable beer experience?
There have been a few memorable beers along my journey of discovery. It’s hard to beat a luke-warm tin of Old Speckled Hen on a camping trip. It’s rich, yet brilliantly distinctive. But the first time I really thought ‘phwoarr, that’s a bit special’, was when I tucked into a Goblet of La Trappe Trappist Quadrupel. Perhaps my Dutch roots play a part, but big lowland beers are always something I look forward to tucking into when Winter arrives!
What have you been listening to lately?
Céline Dion, non-stop. It has a timeless quality which I find is often underappreciated.
What is your favourite spot for a drink?
It’s impossible to beat a beer with friends in the great outdoors or overlooking the Sea. But going back a few years to my student days, one of my happiest spots for a drink would have to be in the back room at Shakespeare Tavern in the centre of Durham. A pint of Caledonian Brewing Co. Deuchars is always accompanied by mischief and happy memories.