Yorston joins Wadworth as top brewer

20 April, 2007

Brian Yorston joins an elite band of three

by becoming the head brewer at Wiltshire brewery Wadworth.

Recently-retired Trevor Holmes was only the second person to hold the position since

the second world war - the first being Peter Wilson.

Before taking up his new role, Yorston was working as Wadworth's trade quality brewer. He joined the Devizes-based

company and retailer in 2004 from Shepherd Neame.

Yorston said: "I have been fortunate to have spent much of the past two-and-a-half years visiting some of the best pubs in the area, working with licensees to help them serve Wadworth beer in the best possible condition. I feel privileged to be taking the reins from someone such as Trevor, who has done so much for the brewery and its beers."


has a degree in brewing and biochemistry and his career started in 1979 at Vaux Breweries; first at the Caledonian brewery in Edinburgh and then at the main brewery in Sunderland, where he stayed for

15 years.

He left Vaux in 1994 to become general manager of a soft drinks

firm. In 1996 he was appointed second brewer at Ushers of Trowbridge and, when Ushers closed in 2000, Yorston joined Sheps .

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