Theakston names new head brewer

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THEAKSTON has taken on a new head brewer to lead its production team at its brewery in Masham.

Mark Slater, currently head brewer at St Peter’s Brewery in Bungay, Suffolk, will become only the third head brewer at Theakston in the last 40 years.

He takes over the reins from Bill Wilson, who is due to retire at the end of the year after 21 years in the role.

Simon Theakston, executive director of T&R Theakston, said: “At a time when traditional cask and bottled beers in Britain has never been so popular and demand for innovation and variety so high, Mark brings with him an unrivalled brewing reputation perfectly placed to take Theakston’s forward in the next chapter of our brewing history.”

He added: “Bill Wilson has done an outstanding job, being at the brewing helm through probably some of the most dramatic times in our company’s recent history.”