Greene King's Ross is youngest Master Brewer in the world
Greene King’s new product development brewer, Ross O’Hara has become the youngest of 573 Master Brewers in the world.
Ross, 28, who joined Greene King in 2016, has been studying for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) qualification for four years alongside his day job developing new products at the Westgate Brewery in Bury St Edmunds and overseeing apprentice brewers at its London microbrewery.
Since joining Greene King Ross has been responsible for the development of new brands including the award winning Heritage and Craft Academy ranges and all the brewery’s seasonal beers.
Master Brewer is the highest level of brewing qualification offered by the IBD and is a measure of the level of a candidate's competence in the technical management of the brewing processes.
Head of Operations David Carr said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are all proud of Ross’ dedication and commitment to reaching master brewer level.
"He is passionate about brewing and has exceptional technical ability as well as flair and innovation.”
Ross said: “It’s been a lot of work to reach this level but well worth it. I’ve enjoyed the challenge and love to continue to develop my knowledge.
"Greene King has been hugely supportive of me studying for the qualification, encouraging me to run with ideas and draw on the heritage of the brewery to develop interesting new beers.”