Q&A with Thornbridge

Rob Lovatt

Please introduce yourself and your brewery...
Rob Lovatt, head brewer at Thornbridge.

Where do you brew from and what is your set up?
We have two breweries. The initial traditional 10bbl plant at the hall, where we produce generally cask beers. Then we have the modern 50hl production facility at riverside, this plant is modern and automated and produces up to four batches a day.

What was your path into the world of brewing?
A brief stint at Scottish Courage, then Meantime for ten years. I then helped set up and commission Camden town brewery before becoming the head brewer at Thornbridge.

Where do you see your brewery in three years time?
Bigger with even more consistent beer and even better kit.

What’s the single biggest challenge facing the UK independent beer market?
Lack of consistency and knowledge.

What was the first beer which altered your perception of beer?

What beer do you wished you had brewed?
Timmy Taylors Landlord

What do you drink when you're not drinking your own beers?

Which brewery, other than your own, do you most respect?
Sierra Nevada

What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve ever put in a beer?
A cucumber

What's your desert island beer?

Describe your brewery in six words...
Consistent, Quality, Diverse, Innovative, Passionate, Knowlegable.

Mike Hampshire