How long have you worked in the brewing/distilling industry?
I have worked in the brewing industry for 35 years
Why did you get into brewing/distilling industry?
I wanted to work in the Brewing industry initially because I was interested in the biological sciences. I applied for a scholarship with the major local brewery which gave me 12 weeks vacation work during university vacations .I was fascinated by the brewing process and the mix of science, engineering and tradition. I applied for a laboratory job and have never regretted it.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I have always enjoyed my job in brewing whatever that was. There is so much to learn. It has enriched my life. The brewing process is based on a traditional craft industry yet even today we continue to grow our understanding of the science behind yeast malt and hops. I am always delighted by the opportunities to learn more. I love the challenges that seasonal agricultural ingredients bring, the challenges of developing and applying new technological advancements and the thrill of developing new beer brands. It's wonderful to be in an industry where, despite the computers and sophisticated equipment for brewing and lab analysis that brewers still have to taste and sniff the beer to be sure it is perfect. However a career in the brewing industry can provide a broad framework for a great deal of personal development across many different disciplines. I have seen many interesting role transformations, lawyer to brewer, microbiologist to HR manager, engineer to sales manager, marketing manager to beer sommelier, brewer to ingredient supplier, lab assistant to chief brewer. I see a career in brewing as brewing a career where the ingredients of history nature science curiosity and people contribute to the final product. It's an exciting prospect to think about how you would want to start crafting your own career recipe.
Kind Regards, Bill Taylor