New head brewer at Shepherd Neame

Posted: 21 October 2011

Blog category: News

Shepherd Neame has further boosted its expertise in beer with the appointment of Richard Frost as head brewer.
Mr Frost – currently head brewer at Banks’s Brewery in Wolverhampton – brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to an already highly experienced team.

Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Britain’s oldest brewer, has welcomed his appointment saying: “I am confident he will enhance what is already an excellent brewing team.”

Mr Frost, who is married with two grown-up children, has been site manager and head brewer at the Wolverhampton brewery, part of Marston’s plc, since 2003. He is responsible for all brewing, packaging and engineering operations. He has a B.Sc.(Hons) and Dip. Master Brewer.

He joined Marston’s in 1978 and his experience includes brewery site management, supply chain, packaging, technical services, distribution, cask and kegging, trade quality and shift brewing.
His appointment complements a strong and dedicated brewing team responsible for Shepherd Neame’s hugely popular ales such as Spitfire and Bishops Finger, as well as lagers like Asahi, Oranjeboom and Hurlimann.

Bishops Finger, which has brewed since 1958, won a bronze award at the International Beer Challenge 2011, while Asahi Super Dry was voted best keg lager in the world by experts at the Brewing Industry International Awards and Kingfisher won an International High Quality trophy by Monde Selection.
Shepherd Neame’s expert distribution team has been acknowledged with the accolades of Best Improvement Project (under 90 days) in the Process Excellence Awards 2010 and Winner in the Supply Chain and Logistics category of the 2010 Manufacturer of the Year Awards.

This success resulted from a programme to introduce Lean Six Sigma thinking and methods into the brewery’s supply chain, the first time it has been used by a British regional brewer.
Mr Frost will take up his appointment with Shepherd Neame on January 9, 2012.