Jeff Drew is to retire as head brewer of Marston’s Wychwood and Ringwood breweries at the end of this month, after 16 years in the role.
Held in high regard as one of the most experienced, creative and expert brewers in the country, Jeff (pictured) has been integral to the success of many of the nation’s favourite beers, like Hobgoblin and Ringwood Razorback.
He honed his skills at Morland Brewery and took up the position of head brewer at Wychwood and Ringwood in 2002, since when he has split his time between the two breweries.
Jeff was behind the creation of Hobgoblin Gold, Ringwood Circadian and Oxford Gold, among other beers. But his skills don’t end there. Jeff has been known to step in and take brewery tours. His unique sense of humour and charm made him the perfect host for customers, including famous faces such as David Cameron and Prince Charles, who have both been around Wychwood brewery.
Not to go out without a bang, Jeff’s involvement in the creation and launch of Hobgoblin’s first IPA has been the perfect ending to his career.
To honour his contribution to Marston’s and in celebration of his retirement, a parting gift of a personalised beer was presented by brewers Jon Tilson and Maurice Walton, both of whom received their Master Brewer qualification while working under Jeff.
Jeff said: “It’s bittersweet to be leaving. I have had some amazing years at Ringwood and Wychwood, where I have made memories that I will truly look back on with joy. After 16 years I am sad to go, but I am excited to put my feet up and enjoy my retirement.”