Meet Greene King’s new head brewer

Greene King has hired Ross O’Hara as the UK pubco’s head brewer after he was named the world’s youngest Master Brewer last year.

O’Hara qualified as a Master Brewer from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) in August last year at the age of 28, making him the youngest person in the world to hold the title.

He joined Greene King as a shift brewer in 2016 with a first class honours degree in brewing from Heriot Watt University. He subsequently became new product development brewer, as well as overseeing the brewery’s apprenticeship scheme while simultaneously studying for the IBD qualification.

There are currently 578 Master Brewers worldwide.

While at Greene King, O’Hara has been responsible for the development of new brands including the award winning Heritage range, Yardbird Pale Ale, Gluten Free Old Speckled Hen, and the brewery’s seasonal beer range.

He is Greene King’s 17th head brewer in its 220-year-history, following in the footsteps of founder Benjamin Greene.

“Ross is a highly knowledgeable and capable brewer, passionate about brewing with an exceptional technical ability and flair for innovation,” managing director Matt Starbuck said.

“He is a great advocate for brewing as a career opportunity, encouraging the development of others and driving forward our brewing apprentice scheme.

“We are delighted to make this appointment as we look ahead to an exciting next chapter for Greene King brewing.”

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