A life in brewing
Commencing his career in brewing at Fuller, Smith and Turner in London, Mike worked for 12 years undertaking roles within brewing, trade quality, cellar inspection and beer dispense.
A move closer to his native Manchester saw Mike join Joseph Holts where he worked as Assistant Brewer for 4 years and where he produced in excess of 2000 barrels of beer, ale and lager per week.
Keen to help nurture the enthusiasm of fledgling brewers within the North West of England, Mike embarked upon the path of lecturing in brewing at both Liverpool University and St. Helens College.
During this time Mike ran the College brewery and was responsible for the creation of a number of fantastically crafted ales which even found their way into the bar at the House of Commons.
A brewery of your own
Eager to set up his own microbrewery, 4 years of lecturing passed quickly and Mike took the plunge, opening his own brewery with great success and after developing ties with national accounts such as Weatherspoons and Punch Taverns he saw expansion from a 2.5brl kit to a 40brl plant in just 5 years.
After picking up a number of National Awards, listings with Tesco and Waitrose were soon to follow with export to Australia amongst the highlights of a whirlwind period of growth.
Brewers of the Future
Taking an offer too good to refuse, Mike sold the brewery and accepted an offer to work with nationally renowned operation Brewlab as both a lecturer in brewing and brewer which he undertook throughout 2010 and 2011.
Brewery Consultancy Services
In early 2012, in conjunction with lecturing on all courses at Brewlab, Mike set up his own consultancy company and so was born Brewing Vessels Ltd.
During his career to date, Mike has been responsible for the set up, installation and commission of over 50 breweries worldwide including a 3.5 barrel brewpub in the French Alps, a 10 barrel brewery in Bali Indonesia and two 40 barrel breweries in South Africa.
A Diploma member of the International Institute and Guild of Brewing Mike is also a Master Brewer of the Americas.
In putting together a multi disciplined team, Mike and Brewing Vessels Ltd are proud to draw upon nearly 40 years experience that has been gained within multi-national operations, independent family brewers and vibrant microbreweries.