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Meet the team

Here at S43 Brewery we’re a personable bunch.  Meet the talented team that make it all work.  We brew without boundaries, win awards, and strive to deliver with quality, flavour, individuality, and a little personality.

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Sam

Jack of all trades, master of none ( yet )

How long have you been with S43?

I joined in 2020

Where did your love of beer start?

University in Sheffield definitely started my love of craft beer, many bars and breweries around there are fantastic!

What’s your favourite S43 beer brewed to date?

Hard choice, I really like all of our New Zealand stuff, but if I had to choose one, it’s probably going to have to be our Barrel Aged maple breakfast stout!

What would win in a fight; one grizzly bear or two gorillas?

Obviously two gorillas.

All time favourite beer?

Recently had Overtone’s Eton Mess sour and it changed my life.

Alex Rattray

Senior Craft Brewer / Yeast Wrangler

How long have you been with S43?

I started wrangling for S43 in 2018

Where did your love of beer start?

During University I did a study abroad in London and on a weekend trip to Dublin I toured the old Guinness brewery and was fascinated with the history and process. That then got me into homebrewing over 13 years ago and I’ve loved beer ever since.

What’s your favourite S43 beer brewed to date?

Tough one, might go with Jorts. A west coast pale that was super citrusy, piney and refreshingly bitter. It’s the kind of beer I brewed a lot of back in the States and it was the perfect can to have on a hot day while brewing over the summer.

What would win in a fight; one grizzly bear or two gorillas?

2 gorillas easy. I think a gorilla could lift a car pretty easily, so you get two of those, one jumps on the bears back and puts it in a head lock and the other starts wailing on the bear from the front. Game over Paddington.

All time favourite beer?

Numb Comfort: This was a 13% American Barleywine brewed with a bunch of crystal rye and aged in rye whiskey barrels by a brewery in Dallas called Deep Ellum. It was so intense and yet you could drink the whole 750ml bottle by yourself. Massively sweet and boozy but with a really aggressive bitterness. Amazingly complex flavours but somehow really drinkable. Heavenly.

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JT

Craft Beer Ambassador / Waste of Space / Resident Hipster

How long have you been with S43?

February 2020

Where did your love of beer start?

When I was in University my friends took me to Rehills in Jesmond, their craft beer dungeon was the beginning of a long and expensive love affair!

What’s your favourite S43 beer brewed to date?

Fastest Hunk of Junk in the Galaxy

What would win in a fight; one grizzly bear or two gorillas?

I liked these kind of questions before they were cool

All time favourite beer?

Old school Apocalyptic Thunder Juice by Amundsen, when they had the full lid ring pulls, nectar, or Into The Haze by DEYA.

Lex

Head of colouring in and silly words

How long have you been with S43?

I joined S43 and Tavistock Hospitality in October 2019!

Where did your love of beer start?

I’ve always loved beer, but my love for crafty boys started when I joined the Brewery in all honesty!  I didn’t truly appreciate how much versatility there was out there and once I found a few styles of beer I got on with I was down.  Plus the can artwork’s a major hook.

What’s your favourite S43 beer brewed to date?

My favourite can’s probably Wu Tangy Clan, my favourite beer is a toss up between Jorts and Yeep I reckon.  Crimble Crumble was pretty good mind… So was Low Hanging Fruit… Ah I dunno. 

What would win in a fight; one grizzly bear or two gorillas?

Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica.  But the bear would most definitely win.  Bears are absolute beasts.  You can’t beat a bear.  Nothing can beat a bear.  Two gorillas wouldn’t stand a chance.  Ten wouldn’t.  I proper love bears.

All time favourite beer?

My first love is, and always will be; Red Stripe.  Come at me. 

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JG

Operations Director

How long have you been with S43?

Since it’s conception

Where did your love of beer start?

My love of beer started as a teenager from my father, who would talk about cask ales on wood.  

What’s your favourite S43 beer brewed to date?

Every stout we’ve ever done.  I’ve got a love of good stouts.

What would win in a fight; one grizzly bear or two gorillas?

One bear, easy.  The strength of swipe.

All time favourite beer?

My all time favourite beer is, from years ago, Newcastle Exhibition ( You might have to Google that… ) 

Mike

Head Brewer

How long have you been with S43?

Since day dot, I’m just part of the furniture.

Where did your love of beer start?

My dad giving me Theakstons Old peculiar

What’s your favourite S43 beer brewed to date?

Probably Big Dank

What would win in a fight; one grizzly bear or two gorillas?

Two gorillas

All time favourite beer?

Anything over 4.5% that doesn’t taste like crap

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Brad

Sales Manager

How long have you been with S43?

I joined in 2020

Where did your love of beer start?

Working behind the bar of a country pub got me into cask, then as the UK started to follow the craft trends set in the US. I got interested in craft and hazy beers

What’s your favourite S43 beer brewed to date?

Too many to name, but probably from this year I would have to say Yeep (Strata, Galaxy & Citra Cryo).

What would win in a fight; one grizzly bear or two gorillas?

Grizzly bears are great at wrestling plus they have claws, and I think 1v1 the grizzly has it. But I think in a 2v1 the gorillas would win, they are super strong and agile.

All time favourite beer?

I’ve always really enjoyed the Wylam beers from cask to craft. Living in Newcastle you’re never that far from a pint of Jakehead!