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10th March 2019

Greene King appoints new head brewer

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. 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 launched earlier this year.

Speaking about the appointment Matt Starbuck, managing director, Greene King Brewing & Brands said: “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 for 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.”


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About Greene King

  • Greene King was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs around 39,000 people across its main trading businesses; Pub Company, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
  • It operates c. 2,900 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which c.1,750 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and c.1,150 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands and formats include Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer and the Greene King Local Pubs estate.
  • Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries. Its industry leading portfolio includes Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.