Meet our team
Meet the fantastic team that keep the Brewpoint mothership producing the finest beer around and the legends that will be serving you in our shop and taproom. If you see these guys around be sure to give them a wave - they're a friendly bunch!
If you'd like to join the page of legends you can check out our vacancies here!
With over 35 years in the brewing game under his belt, our Head Brewer, Ian, seriously knows his beer. Starting out as production and technical brewer, he climbed the ranks to manage large commercial brewing operations. His previous gig before joining Wells & Co. was Director of Brewing at Camden Town Brewery, where he oversaw the development of their impressive new site in Enfield, so he’s the perfect fit to turn our Brewpoint dream into a reality.
When he’s not geeking out over exotic hop varieties and installing new brewing vessels in our new home, Ian likes to stay active outside of work. A keen golfer, with a current handicap of 18 (lapsed from a previous high of 10, he assures us), he’s also a fan of cycling, walking, and making the most of time at home with his wife and teenage daughter. They’re big fans of hanging out and cooking as a team, and on that note, Ian tells us that his dream meal would be a spicy lamb curry with dahl – washed down with a crisp pint of Charlie Wells Dry Hopped Lager, of course.
G’day! We’d like to introduce you to James, or Jimmy – you decide! Jimmy has joined the Brewpoint brew crew as our Lead Brewer and he’s flown in all the way from down under (Australia for those that don’t know)! For the last few years Jimmy has worked at numerous breweries for Australia’s biggest brewer – and now has the fun task of brewing at Bedford’s freshest brewery.
Fun fact! Jimmy’s 7x grandfather, also James Hunter, emigrated from Scotland in 1845, so although it’s been a long time coming, the Hunter clan is coming back to the UK! In his spare time James/Jimmy (we still can’t decide) enjoys camping, hiking and collecting red wine, although we have advised him not to go for a midnight hike in Bedford. His favourite food is anything from the Mediterranean & his favourite beer is Sierra Nevada’s Imperial stout.
Everyone, we would like you to meet Vinicius! Vinicius meet everyone! He goes by the name of Vinny (everyone’s favourite cousin!) and he is a member of the new brew crew, here at Brewpoint. Vinny is originally from Porto Alegre, the capital city of the southern-most state in Brazil and can speak a rather impressive four languages.
Vinny has already started with us and is properly getting stuck in with the ‘fun’ research part before the brewing actually begins later this year. In his spare time Vinny enjoys kayaking, although we can’t promise that the sights of Bedford river will quite outdo Brazil, so apologies on that part. Being from Brazil, Vinny’s favourite food is BBQ (perhaps we should have a Brazilian BBQ night?) & his favourite beer is Saint Feuillien Grand Cru (have fun pronouncing that).
With the completion of Brewpoint getting closer we want you to meet another of our wonderful brewing team. Meet Greg!
Greg grew up in the Middle East where he learnt to make crap lager using nonalcoholic crap lager (and yeast). Don’t worry there will be no crap lager at BP.
Greg then went onto University to learn to engineer and get a high-flying engineering job and well to cut a long story short we will skip forward to the Oil crash and no job, our Greg decided to take a career change and joined the Brewdog brewing company providing, craft beer for the masses. A hobby became a life and he hasn’t looked back since!
A fun fact for you, his beard is the source of all power (it also hides a rather nasty scar from an angle grinder incident, ask him over a pint at Brewpoint if you aren’t squeamish).
Brewery Planning Manager
Another new kid on the block for Brewpoint! We’d love you to meet Karina who makes up the fourth member of our Brewing team. Welcome Karina.
Karina moved to England from Latvia, with a plan to improve her English and gain some life experience, whilst having fun, of course. With an original timeline of 2 years Karina just couldn’t bring herself to leave and here we are 11 years later.
Karina joins us with a wealth of experience coming from Carlsberg UK. Starting as a Production and Supply Planner and ended her time there as a Sales Planning Manager.
Welcome to the Brewpoint Team Karina!
Gary, or ‘Gasher’ to his mates (we daren’t ask), is no stranger to these parts. He spent two decades as part of the Charles Wells team before heading off to broaden his horizons at other breweries including Beavertown and Camden. Needless to say, we’re delighted to have the new and improved Gary Mk2 back on board.
He’s a Bedford boy born and bred, originating from Putnoe on the north side of town. As our Brewery Engineer and Packaging Manager, Gary has some involvement in virtually every step of the brewing process, and it’s experience like his that’s essential when getting an exciting new project like Brewpoint off the ground.
Gary’s beer of choice is Holsten Pils, which we won’t hold against him. He’s also a Spurs fan, which we’ll almost certainly hold against him.