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Youth takes helm at Greene King brewery

Added: Friday, March 8th 2019

Ross Greene King

Greene King has appointed Ross O’Hara as head brewer of its 220 year-old brewing business. Ross becomes the 17th head brewer, following in the footsteps of founder Benjamin Greene. 

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

Last summer Ross, aged 28, became the world's youngest Master Brewer when he completed the four-year course from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, alongside his role at Greene King. 

Since joining Greene King, Ross 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.  Ross has also been instrumental in the development of the new industry-wide brewing apprenticeship scheme which was launched earlier this year. 

Matt Starbuck, managing director, Greene King Brewing & Brands, says: “Ross is a highly knowledgeable and capable brewer, passionate about brewing with an exceptional technical ability and flair for innovation. He is a great advocate of 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.”