“I am a trained home economics teacher with a passion for real ale, therefore it didn’t take me long to work out how to make the stuff and I have been mashing and sparging for friends and family for 30 years. In 1993 I opened a home brew shop, the ‘Jolly Brewer’ in Wrexham and it gave me access to all the beer making ingredients that I was having trouble finding in the town. Years later I obtained an off-licence for the shop, sold lots of lovely micro-brewed ales. Then in 2000 I registered as a brewer so that I could sell my own bottled conditioned real ales. My little brewery also named, ‘ Jolly Brewer’ went from strength to strength and Keith, who was originally one of my home brew customers tried to persuade me to expand the business. I was reluctant to do this because I am very proud of what I have achieved and would like to keep it in the family. I met Keith through CAMRA meetings who eventually persuaded me to join him in this new brewery venture. I am very excited about Sandstone Brewery and I intend to devote as much time as possible to it whilst keeping ‘Jolly Brewer’ alive.” Pene’s other hobbies include playing the piano and trying to convince everyone that going round pubs for a few halves counts as work!
“Keith trained as a chemist, and has two degrees, B Sc. (Hons) from Manchester University and Ph D. ,also Manchester University, but the only practical chemistry he has ever been involved with has been in the brewing of beer. He has been a CAMRA member for some years and is passionate about cask ale, having tested the products over many years and in many parts of Britain. Being involved in setting up and helping to run a brewery is a long held ambition, so after many years as buyer, production planner, distribution & logistics manager and finally operations manager with well-known food and detergent manufacturers, the time has arrived to realise the ambition. Meeting with Pene Coles and Sarah Atherton who have similar brewing ambitions has now created the opportunity to brew commercially. The team at Sandstone has a good blend of skills and personality; Sarah’s enthusiasm and marketing drive, coupled with Pene’s brewing expertise and trade contacts will complement Keith’s commercial experience. Keith’s other interests include Victor Meldrew impressions and drying out tea-bags for reuse.”
“James started brewing as a student in 2000. After a mere 2 years of legal drinking he decided that it was time to work out how to make it. After years of making kits, he finally met Pene who taught him how to brew a proper pint!
As an Electronic Engineer and all round technical person, he turned up to design the electric systems for the brewery and he never left. He did make a grand cup of tea so he finally took over all the brewing from Pene in December 2010. So any problems, blame him!
When he’s not brewing, drinking or thinkingabout beer, he pretends to be a cyclist and loves growing weeds in his vegetable patch.”