The brains behind one of Brains’ most revered beers, The Rev. James, retires from the Welsh brewery today after a career spanning more than four decades.
After obtaining his degree in brewing back in 1971 from Heriot Watt University, Don Jeffrey started his brewing adventure with Courage where he achieved his master brewer qualification, before joining Guinness in 1979. After a stint at Castleton on the Isle of Man, Don accepted the head brewer position at Buckley’s of Llanelli in 1988. It is here that he used his magic to created the treasured ale, The Rev. James, named after one of Buckley’s earliest owners, Methodist minister James Buckley.
His retirement will be marked by Brains Craft Brewery with his very own Alt beer called Old Tricks; a nod to his membership of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians.
Speaking of his retirement, Don said, “There have been many changes during my years in the industry; often challenging and demanding, but always stimulating.
“I’ll miss the day to day contact with my colleagues but I’m now looking to put a bit back by offering my skills as a brewing consultant and trainer for both brewing apprentice programmes and formal qualifications for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.”
Brains’ head brewer, Bill Dobson added, “Don has been a pivotal member of our production team for the last 15 years, supporting the growth of the Brains brand.”
Don has certainly put his stamp on the brewing industry and his magic will live on in the beers he created. Cheers Don and happy retirement!