How long have you been brewing for?
I have been brewing for about twelve years.
How did you get into brewing? Did you homebrew?
I have a passion for beer and I decided to study for this at the Heriot Watt University to gain a degree in brewing. I have worked at Jennings and Holts breweries. I think most people have home brewed at some point in their life and I am no different!
Who/what inspired you to be a brewer?
I have a passion for beer and I could think of doing nothing else but be a brewer.
Where is your brewery based and what capacity do you currently have?
Moorhouses brewery is based in Burnley
Is there anything that you believe you do differently to other brewers?
Moorhouses brews quality beers and takes great care in the brewing of its beers, combining traditional brewing methods with a state of the art brewing facility.
What steps do you take when creating a new ale? How do you decide what to make?
When creating our beers we will sit round the table and discuss ideas as a team. Charles Faram hop merchants come and visit us with various new hops which we will select for our seasonal beers for the coming year.
What do you think attracts people to your beers?
People are attracted to our beers because of the consistent high quality and that they all taste great.
Do you create them for a specific market, or do you brew the kind of beers that you like?
Blond Witch and White Witch are stand out beers in our range but a lot of it comes down to personal taste.
Do you collaborate with other brewers, and if so what do you get from this?
We brewed Once In A Preston Guild with the beer critic Melissa Cole.
Which other brewers would you rate especially highly and why?
Timothy Taylors, Black Sheep Brewery and Jennings. They all produce consistently good beers.
What are your top 3 favourite beers of all time, and why?
Landlord, Tetley’s Bitter and White Witch would have to stand out as great beers.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to stay in the brewing industry producing great beers.
How would you describe the brewing industry in the uk?
The brewing industry is going through great change as people move to drinking high quality locally produced beers.
Where do you think the industry is going?
The industry is heading to people generally drinking maybe less but drinking more high quality brewed ales particularly with food.
What is your personal view of CAMRA and SIBA?
CAMRA and SIBA do a great job of flying the flag for English beers and promoting its rich diversity.
Do you have any news that you would like to share with us?
As regards news please watch out for our next seasonal beer range it’s coming your way soon!