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Beermaker qualifies as master brewer

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Rob JacobsonRob JacobsonThe head brewer at Devizes-based Wadworth has qualified as a master brewer with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Rob Jacobson joined the brewery in 2018, and has set about introducing new brewing processes and developing a new range of seasonal beers for 2019.

Rob was educated at the University of Cape Town graduating with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and subsequently completed a post graduate course in enterprise management from UCT’s Graduate School of Business.

He began his brewing career as a brewing assistant at Paulaner Brauhaus before moving to Boston Microbrewery in Cape Town.

Rob joined South African Breweries in 2011 as a brewing technical trainee, which he completed top of class whilst simultaneously completing his IBD brewing diploma.

He served production roles within Rosslyn Brewery in Pretoria as a brewing team leader, brewing unit manager, and finally a brewing specialist.

Finally, Rob moved to Newlands Brewery in Cape Town as brewing specialist before making the move to the UK and Wadworth in 2018.

“I’m very grateful to the many people who have taught and trained me, made sacrifices, and put their energy into supporting this journey," said Rob.

"I feel it’s a big accolade and something I am really proud to have achieved. Looking forward now to further building my career in the UK and with Wadworth.”

Chris Welham, CEO of Wadworth, said: “It’s fantastic to have Rob on board with his energy, innovative and creative skills and knowledge of brewing.

"This qualification is testament to his skill set and ability and we are immensely proud to have him at the helm of our brewing team and brewery."