We’re all going to miss Brewery Manager Dean Beckwith’s cheerful smile when he leaves us today (Friday 1st February) for pastures new.
When he first joined the team he made our beer deliveries and we named him Dean the Dray. Since changing roles to Brewery Manager, he’s made sure our production schedules and stock level targets are met and that everything runs smoothly in the brewery.
“It’s been fun. They’re a really nice bunch of guys and the beer’s quality.
“The one thing I won’t miss though is Ethan’s really loud, really heavy rock music! I like most music but I’m more of a 50s and 60s style, rock and roll sort of guy.
“I’ve loved talking to people in the brewery shop at weekends, enjoyed all the festivals and the brewery Panto was a good craic but, I guess, all good things must come to an end,” said Dean.
Who could forget? There’s Nothin’ Like (Dean as) a Dame. Dean played our Panto dame brilliantly as Jack’s Mum in Jack and the Beerstalk at our Christmas Beer Festival last year. It’s fair to say Dean threw himself wholeheartedly into the role, thoroughly entertaining everybody and throwing some amazing shapes to all the sing-a-long tunes.
It’s not the first time Dean has volunteered to dress up for the brewery. A few years ago, in a long, blonde wig and a dress, he appeared alongside Head Brewer Ethan in a promotional video for Elephant School Beer.
His talents don’t end here though. Dean is a trained chef and has often been in charge of catering on our snack van, Beer Grylls, at numerous events and beer festivals. It’s no secret, Dean makes a mean meat pie.
Roland said: “Lugging casks around is a young man’s game as we all come to discover.
“We’re delighted Dean has offered to come back and help out if we’re short. And he’s promised to take part in our next Panto, The Drunkest Showman.”
“Dean is a lovely man who will do anything for anyone. We’ll miss him and we wish him all the best.”
Cheers Dean & good luck in your new job.