StevenDirector, Head of Export
How did you come to work at North?
I’ve been friends with John (Gyngell) since we first worked in HMV together in Manchester in the late 80s. I was nearly involved in North Bar but it didn’t quite happen, but we’d always said we’d do something together at some point, so when John and Christian asked if I wanted to open a brewery, it was the fastest ‘yes’ ever!
What was your first memorable beer experience?
Probably drinking my Dad’s homebrew before it was ready in the garage but also drinking cans of Sapporo in the Hacienda. They had a can at the time, with sort of bevelled edges going round it and the lid peeled off completely. That was extremely exotic for Manchester in the 1980s.
What have you been listening to lately?
LCD Sound System. I’ve somehow managed to completely miss this band and only discovered them recently. Not sure how that happened but I now have the full back catalogue to get through!
What is your favourite spot for a drink?
Electric or Mary & Archie’s in Chorlton and North Bar when I’m in Leeds.