We’re excited to introduce Chris Wilkinson as the third and newest member of team Wild Horse!
A bitter drinker for a long time, Chris was turned on to modern craft beer after coming across Brewdog and US imports from the likes of Goose Island and Samuel Adams and quickly developed a taste for hop-forward North American beer styles.
That was as far as things went until a chance meeting with a homebrewer during a winter spent in the Canadian Rocky Mountains introduced him to the idea of ‘brewing your own’. After trying his hand at a few beer kits, with decidedly mixed results, Chris was further inspired during a springtime road trip through the craft beer heaven that is the state of Oregon on the West Coast of the USA.
Back in the UK, and entirely by chance, he was offered a place on a one-day brewing course with some friends. That in turn led Chris to John Palmer’s home brew bible ‘How to Brew’ and the purchase of a basic brew kit and some ingredients. Armed with a bit of knowledge and plenty of enthusiasm he started producing some palatable home brewed beers of his own. He soon began to wonder if he would ever be able to turn his new hobby into a career and leave behind his life as a chef.
Chris aims to bring a variety of skills to the role of Trainee Brewer at Wild Horse alongside his enthusiasm for craft beer. He said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am very excited about what lies ahead, both on the brewing side and as the brewery continues to expand and grow. When I sprinkled the yeast on my first batch of home brew I never imagined that brewing might one day turn into a career!”