‘Good work if you can get it!’ - Brewery’s new tasters. . .

Alison Hedley from Brewlab and Phil Douglas, Brewer at The Black Sheep Brewery, with qualified beer tasters.
Alison Hedley from Brewlab and Phil Douglas, Brewer at The Black Sheep Brewery, with qualified beer tasters.

Masham’s Black Sheep Brewery has developed its quality control with 13 of its employees qualifying as professional beer tasters.

The qualified tasters will form the first Black Sheep flavour profiling panel. This new panel of experts will be involved in ensuring the consistent quality of the brewery’s famous bottled beers.

The panel will be in addition to the current taste panel which checks products across cask and bottled beer on a weekly basis.

Members of staff from across the brewery underwent a taste profile training course led by Brewlab, a training and analysis service for the international brewing industry, based at Sunderland.

After several weeks of training and an intense exam all those who applied passed with flying colours.

The 13 employees who took part were from several different areas of the brewery including sales, accounts, administration and production; they were Dan Scott-Paul, Nick Chilton, Chris Pearson, Glen Simpson Steve Wilson, Dave Balbach, Nancy Burrage, Ben Fairhurst, Steffen Headley, Beth Day-Preston, Phil Douglas, Craig Rankin and Phil Bebbington.

Phil Douglas, Brewer at The Black Sheep Brewery, who received his qualification, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for all those who took the course. We have a really diverse cross-section of people from the Brewery who qualified and this will be a great benefit when profiling the beers.

“The Brewery already has a tasting panel which is extremely important to the quality of our products. The new flavour profiling panel will be a great addition to this and help maintain the high standards of product output.

“Having people with a qualification in tasting beer highlights the brewery’s commitment to quality and it’s certainly good work if you can get it!”