Thornbridge news and updates
We Are Hiring!
Date: 7th June 2018
Founded in 2004, Thornbridge is one of the most critically acclaimed and respected craft breweries in Britain. Producing only the finest quality beers, we have won over 350 national and international awards and were voted Best Drinks Producer at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in 2014. Operating from our production brewery in Bakewell, in the Peak District National Park, as well as from the original brewery at Thornbridge Hall, we currently export to 36 countries worldwide and also operate a small pub estate.
Due to expansion, we are seeking an experienced brewer to join the team. You will join our team of brewers working at our main production plant in Bakewell, on a three shift system, between the hours of 6am-10pm. Responsibilities will include:
● wort production
● cellar management
● yeast propagation and laboratory analysis
● operating and overseeing our three packaging lines of bottles, kegs and casks
● following our extensive QA/QC procedures
● barrel ageing programme management
● representing the company at various events
The job requires a certain degree of heavy lifting and therefore the applicant must be able to lift 25kg sacks. Brewing education to IBD diploma standard or equivalent is desirable, but not essential.
An attention to detail and cleanliness, as well as a passion for beer, are absolutely essential.
Salary will be dependent on experience and we also offer a generous holiday allowance and a matched contribution pension scheme. We are also committed to lifelong learning and will support any successful candidate in their continued brewing education.
If interested, please send your CV and a covering letter to our head brewer,
Rob Lovatt, at Rob@thornbridge.co.uk.
We are Hiring!
Date: 12th April 2018
Finance Team Roles
Date: 12th April 2018
Location: Riverside Brewery, Bakewell.
We will shortly have two vacancies for Finance Assistants to join our team. The successful candidates will have involvement with, amongst other tasks:
- Assisting in the production of the monthly management accounts
- Assisting with the accounting for stock
- Credit control
- Procurement of certain goods and liaison with existing and potential new suppliers
- Sales & purchase ledger processing
- Cash book processing
- Assisting with payroll processing
We don’t like to define roles too rigidly, as we believe that, in a business of our size, a flexible approach benefits our employees and their career development with us.
Working in a small team and reporting to the Finance Manager, the successful candidates will be expected to have had experience of working within a Finance team at this level and whilst prior experience of working in a manufacturing business is not essential it would be beneficial.
We are looking for enthusiastic people with good communication skills and a “can do” attitude. At Thornbridge, we recruit people who are team players and who show initiative and take ownership for their work, with a strong attention to detail.
Good IT skills are an advantage, especially Microsoft Office packages, primarily Excel. Experience of Sage products would be beneficial, but not essential.
We will be reviewing applications throughout the month of April.
Peakender 2018 - Tickets now on sale
Date: 9th January 2018
Peakender 17th - 19th August 2018
Join us at Bakewell Showground for a three day celebration of the beautiful Peak District. A great event for all ages, families and friends (dogs too!) with fantastic beers, food, music and family activities.
Camp on the site or visit us for the day.
We are expecting the event to be a sell out so make sure you get in fast.
Our loyalty scheme sees their 10,000th pint given away
Date: 21st December 2017
The Thornbridge loyalty scheme launched in December 2016 and has reached quite a milestone. In just under 12 months we’ve given away 10,000 pints of Thornbridge beer.
The scheme provides customers with a loyalty card which can be used at any of our six pubs; you simply buy 9 pints of Thornbridge beer and receive your 10th completely free.
The Greystones have handed out the most free beer, closely followed by The Cross Scythes, both having given away over 2,000 pints each during the course of the year.
We love being able to reward our loyal Thornbridge customers and this is a fantastic way to do it. Hitting 10,000 pints in under a year is pretty staggering!
You can pick up a Thornbridge loyalty card from any of our pubs:
Delighted to announce our partnership with Pivovar
Date: 20th December 2017
We are very excited to be joining forces with craft beer distributor and pub company, Pivovar, to open new Thornbridge and Co. sites across the UK.
Together we will create ten new sites over the next five years across the country. Thornbridge and Co. pubs will provide an expanding market with a quality craft offering and the opportunity for the full range of Thornbridge beers to be available to more people.
Both our businesses have a fantastic standing within the industry, we have been brewing for 13 years with a wealth of awards. and currently runs 8 pubs in Sheffield, and the award winning Pivovar group currently own 8 bars across the UK as well as their nationwide craft beer wholesale business.
Pivovar and ourselves are delighted to announce we have secured our first site in the heart of Birmingham and have viewed a number of other premises in other cities. We are incredibly keen to open sites in Manchester, Bristol, Hull and London amongst other cities.
Thornbridge Brewery CEO Simon Webster said:
“We could not be more excited to announce this partnership, having worked with Pivovar for many years we know they are a fantastic company who share our core values. We have a real passion for pubs and want to introduce our beers to a wider market. This gives us the opportunity to work towards ensuring our beer is present in every corner of the country!”
Jamie Hawksworth, Owner of Pivovar added:
“Over the last 12 years we have created award winning bars supported by our own drinks wholesale division which delivers supply chain within our estate. We are now thrilled to be joining forces with our friends at Thornbridge to roll out more amazing bars offering access to their beer range alongside our existing drinks portfolio.”
We have worked alongside each other since the opening of the Sheffield Tap some eight years ago and are excited to be expanding our offerings across cities with their partnership.
The Wednesday Tap
Date: 30th November 2017
We are very excited to be working together with Sheffield Wednesday FC in creating The Wednesday Tap
The Wednesday Tap replaces the Sheridan Suite and will be open seven days a week from 12.00pm to 11.00pm, inclusive of all fixtures at Hillsborough.
The new venture extends the our partnership with Sheffield Wednesday, which was established earlier this season.
The brewery will now host a further range of ales at the Wednesday Tap, which will feature theme nights, quizzes, live football, food offers and more!
Our CEO Simon Webster said: When we started supplying The Wednesday Pale Ale and Owls Session IPA to the club, I think we were all amazed at how strong the sales were.
It got us thinking what else we could do together and the obvious choice was a new pub! We identified the Sheridan Suite as an ideal venue and the Thornbridge and SWFC teams have worked brilliantly together to get this project off the ground and open in time for this weekend.
Sheffield Wednesdays head of catering Rob Cox added: When we launched The Wednesday beer, it was about giving the fans something that was theirs, something unique that they could identify with.
We then felt we needed somewhere our fans could enjoy the new beer, not just the kiosks or the lounges on matchday. So working with Thornbridge, we thought about a pub of our own that can open throughout the week.
With this being our 150th anniversary, the perfect name is The Wednesday Tap - a real pub with real local ales situated in the heart of Hillsborough. We are really excited by the whole concept and we are confident it will be well received by our fans and people of Sheffield alike.
The Wednesday Tap opens it doors for the first time this Saturday, 2 December.
On matchdays, an over 18s only policy will be in operation until after the final whistle.
Parking is available on non-matchdays via Leppings Lane only, with access under the South Stand.
We look forward to seeing you there for a pint!
We are hiring
Date: 22nd November 2017
Company: Thornbridge Brewery
Job Title: Logistics Supervisor
Reporting to: Logistics Manager
Hours: 40hrs (Full time – Monday to Friday)
Salary: Dependent on experience
Thornbridge Brewery was established 12 years ago and our beers have gained considerable success with over 350 industry and consumer awards being won in regional, national and international competitions.
Operating from a state of the art brewery in Bakewell, in the heart of the Peak District, as well as owning a small pub estate in Sheffield, Thornbridge Brewery is a vibrant and growing business and has just undergone a £1.5m expansion project.
To support the continued growth of the business, we have a vacancy for a Logistics Supervisor to join the existing team. The successful candidate will have involvement with, amongst other tasks:
- Manage the stock inventory through SAGE, accurately checking production, inbound, outbound and all other stocking items.
- Must have an attention to detail regarding PODs, Invoices, POs, Goods In and other transactions which are part of the daily routines.
- Communicate in a timely and accurate way to requests from internal and external customers. Liaising with 3PLs and other companies.
- Have a preventative approach to Health and Safety, maintaining exceptional standards across all areas.
- A positive approach toward Step Change activities and ensure they are embedded in the daily routines
- Routinely ensuring stock levels on ancillary items are checked and re-ordered.
Working in a team and reporting to the Logistics Manager, the successful candidate will preferably, but not essential have experience of working within a FMCG environment. We are looking for an enthusiastic person with good communication skills and a “can do” attitude who likes to work as part of a team, but shows initiative and takes ownership for their work, with a strong attention to detail.
Good IT skills are an advantage, especially Microsoft Office packages. Experience of Sage products would be beneficial, but not essential.
If you are keen to join the team then please send your CV and covering letter to: James.Walker@thornbridge.co.uk
Closing date for applications will be Friday 15th December 2017.
Mr Smith Gose to... is available online!
Date: 21st November 2017
The Great British Home Brew Challenge Winner for 2017, Mr Smith Gose to..., is available in our online shop now!
Mr Smith Gose to… has been created by keen home brewer Josh Smith. Juicy watermelon flavours combine perfectly with the lemony Gose. Brilliantly refreshing and fruity with a salty sharp twang, this is a fantastic twist on this traditional German style.
Click here to find it, free delivery to all mainland UK addresses
Mr Smith Gose to.... Waitrose!
Date: 13th November 2017
The 2017 Home Brew Challenge Winner, Mr Smith Gose To... is available in the listed Waitrose stores from today
It is a 4% Watermelon Gose, brewed by Josh Smith
Juicy watermelon flavours combine perfectly with the lemony Gose. Brilliantly refreshing and fruity with a salty, sharp twang, this is a fantastic twist on this traditional German style.
Home Brew Challenge Champion 2017
Date: 6th November 2017
Mr Smith Goes to Thornbridge to brew his Gose for Waitrose
Thornbridge Brewery, in partnership with Waitrose and Brew UK, has announced the winner of the 2017 Great British Homebrew Challenge - a watermelon-infused beer brewed by digital designer, Josh Smith.
The Gose, a German style of beer, is named Mr Smith Gose to... after the well-known 1939 Frank Capra Mr Smith Goes to Washington and made with watermelon juice. It will be available in Waitrose shops from the 13th November.
The Great British Homebrew Challenge, now in its fourth year, sets out to find the best home-brewed beer in the country. The winning recipe, chosen by a panel of experts including Thornbridge Head Brewer, Rob Lovatt, and Waitrose beer buyer, Sarah Hammond, is brewed by Thornbridge and sold at Waitrose shops across the country.
This year, the winning beer was brewed by Stoke Newington resident Josh, 32, who has been brewing at home for five years.
The beer was inspired by a watermelon, feta and mint salad recipe I really like. Watermelon works so well with salty flavours and I naturally made the connection to Gose - a sour and salty beer. I had tried Mello watermelon juice from Waitrose and was impressed by how much flavour it had, so used that in my beer. I’m so excited for Waitrose customers to try it, as I think it’s quite unusual. This beer can be made into Mexican inspired cocktails too, like Michelada, and is also delicious mixed with tequila and lime.
Rob Lovatt: Joshs beer really stood out amongst very strong competition in the final judging stage, with the level of quality instantly shining through. We have been brewing quite a few sour beers recently, but not with Watermelon yet, so this will be a very interesting one for us.
Sarah Hammond, Waitrose beer buyer, says: I always look forward to judging on this panel, as the beers created in this country by people in their kitchens and sheds are always so innovative and fun. This beer is no exception and is the first watermelon beer we’ve launched.