Meantime's Alastair Hook named Brewer of the Year
Meantime’s founder and master brewer Alastair Hook has been named Brewer of the Year by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.
Hook started the brewery as a tiny operation in Greenwich in 2000 and has since built it up into one of the UK’s leading craft brewers.
Such is its popularity that it was recently snapped up by SAB Miller, one of the world’s largest beer producers.
Hook said: “I first fell in love with beer and brewing in the 1980s and for the past fifteen years I’ve been able to share that passion through Meantime Brewing Company.
“It’s always been my goal to change the way people think about beer and make the amazing and complex world of beer as accessible to British drinkers as possible; I’m honoured to receive this award because it’s testament to how far we’ve come in achieving just that.
“To be recognised by my peers and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group in the same year as Meantime’s chief sommelier Rod Jones was announced as Beer Sommelier Of The Year goes to show what a special brewery Meantime is and I’m immensely proud of everything we’ve achieved.”
Hook was presented with the award at the Beer Group’s Annual Awards Dinner held at One Great George Street in Westminster and attended by MPs, Peers and leading lights of the UK brewing industry.
Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton and Uttoxeter and Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, said: “Alastair Hook is one of the most passionate and inspiring brewers not just in the UK, but in the world. One of the pioneers of Britain’s thriving craft beer scene, Alastair’s dedication and knowledge is second to none.
“You only need to drink a pint of any of his beers to understand why his brewery has grown from a one-man operation in Penhall Lane to the state-of-the-art facility in Greenwich that stands today. Alastair is the driving force behind every pint and we raise our glasses to him as he accepts this enormously well-deserved award.”
Hook gained a degree in brewing at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and went on to complete postgraduate studies at Weihenstephan in Germany.
After graduating, he travelled across Europe and the US to learn as much about brewing as he could absorb.
The brewer now has 10 styles in its core range, as well as numerous limited-edition, seasonal, and special Brewers’ Collection beers, all produced in a state-of-the-art facility in south London.