Theakston’s appoints new head brewer

Theakston’s, the family-controlled brewing company, has appointed a new Head Brewer to lead their production team at the iconic brewery in Masham.

Mark Slater, currently Head Brewer at the highly regarded St Peter’s Brewery in Bungay, Suffolk, will become only the third Head Brewer at Theakston’s in the last 40 years.

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

Announcing the appointment, Simon Theakston, executive director of T&R Theakston Ltd said:

“We are all absolutely delighted that Mark is joining us.

“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.

“Over many years, we have worked hard to establish and retain a leading position within the traditional ale market through the development of a range of well-known permanent and seasonal cask and bottled ales.

“Is our intention to build further on this in the years ahead and Mark will be central in this task.”

Mr Theakston added:

“Mark has a hard act to follow. 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.

“After we bought the company back from S&N ten years ago, Bill oversaw the biggest expansion project we’ve ever completed, effectively tripling our capacity to cope with growing demand.”

Speaking of his appointment, Mark Slater said:

“I am thrilled at the prospect of becoming Head Brewer at Theakston’s, a company which has an enviable reputation in the UK ale market.

“It is rare that an opportunity such as this comes along and I very much look forward to getting started.

“My family and I are also looking forward to moving north and settling into beautiful North Yorkshire.”

Mark Slater, left, and Simon Theakston

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