Robinsons Brewery are celebrating after their Head Brewer, Martyn Weeks, was honoured with the ‘Food and Drink Hero of the Year’ award at ‘Cheshire Life Food and Drink’ 2014. The annual glittering ceremony, which was held at The Hilton, Manchester, recognises outstanding contributions to food and drink from around the region.
The accolade continues what has already been a landmark year for the 176 year old Stockport based brewery; having won multiple awards throughout the year including: gold for Old Tom at the SIBA awards (Premium Strong Beers), silver for Old Tom and bronze for Dizzy Blonde in the International Beer challenge, and TROOPER also won gold in a blind beer tasting at the prestigious British Bottlers’ Institute Competition.
Martyn has been in the industry for almost 35 years; starting out as a lab technician in 1978, obtaining a degree through Open University, and working his way up to brew award winning beers for some of the country’s biggest brewers; joining Robinsons in 2010.
“I will have been with Robinsons’ 5 years in January and I am pleased to say that I have witnessed and been a part of great progression and growth in this time… it’s not every brewer that gets a brand new multi-million-pound brew house to play with!”
Martyn and his beer loving team have been making full use of their new brewing tools, releasing 6 new seasonal ales this year and an ale personally designed and developed in collaboration with IRON MAIDEN’S vocalist and cask ale aficionado Bruce Dickinson – TROOPER – which has quickly gained worldwide recognition.
Congratulating Martyn on his recent award Bruce said: “When we first started talking about brewing a beer I was just an ‘innocent’ consumer. Martyn has been terrific at guiding and mentoring me and has really opened my eyes to the art of brewing and all the complexities which go into the mix. Martyn is a true beer champion who I am thoroughly enjoying working with and learning from, and it’s great that his talents have been celebrated with this award.”
Martyn continued: “Many think being a brewer means drinking beer all day… but that’s not the case (well, not every day anyway)! It’s a lot of hard work that keeps the beer flowing and a craft that takes years to perfect. Being Robinsons’ Head Brewer is something I’m very proud of but there’s a whole team involved in the brewing, bottling, distribution and marketing of our award winning beers – they all do a superb job day in day out and this award is great pat on the back for everyone’s hard work.”