This weeks Meet the Brewer is Mike from Okells, I first encountered Okells a while back when I tried one of their beers in a local pub, soon after I noticed that our local cheap shop had cases of their Dr Okells IPA very very cheap so I bought a load and it was delicious, in fact it was one of my beers of last year.
What is your Brewery name?
Okell and Son Ltd., a subsidiary company of Heron and Brearley Ltd
What is your brewery capacity?
Brew length is variable between 20 -60 brls and can do two 60 brl brews in a day if needed.
What is different about your brewery?
Built in 1994 and is almost completely computerized. We also have a vapour recovery system on the Copper. We have a very well equipped Brewery Lab and participate in BAPS, the Brewing Analytes Profficiency Sheme run by HM Govt Chemist
How long have you been brewing for?
How did you get into brewing?
Did a B.Sc in Microbiology at Newcastle University, couldn’t decide on a career and looked around for an M.Sc to do. Saw Birmingham University did one in Brewing and thought why not, I enjoy drinking beer so I’ll learn about making it. Then carried on to do a Ph.D in Brewing
What beers do you brew regularly?
Okells Bitter is our biggest selling brand on the Isle of Man, but Dr. Okells IPA is our biggest seller in the UK. Besides this we brew Aile, Alt and Red fairly frequently
What special/seasonal beers do you brew?
Aile is produced mainly for bottling and sells nearly exclusively to Finland. Maclir is bottled and IPA. Seasonals are Spring Ram, Summer Storm, Autumn Dawn and St Nick
Where do you think the future of brewing lies?
Cask beers future is in the hands of Craft Brewers who can make Individual beers that stand out from the crowd
What is you proudest moment in brewing?
Commisioning the new brewery in 94
Do you have any brewing regrets?
Not being able to export more of our beer to the UK
What was last beer you drank?
What is your favourite hop?
Amarillo and Nelson Sauvignon
What is your brewing ambition?
To win GBBF
Do you have a Brewing hero/inspiration?
I inspire myself ;o)
Which beer do you wish you had brewed?
I’ve brewed it, Okells Alt
Favourite hobby outside of brewing