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The country’s only apprentice brewery craft cooper will be making his public debut this month

Country’s only apprentice brewery craft cooper makes debut at Great Yorkshire Show

5 July 2016

The country’s only apprentice brewery craft cooper will be making his public debut this month (July) at one of the country’s most important agricultural shows.

Euan Findlay, 19, who is indentured to T&R Theakston Ltd, is joining his mentor, brewery craft cooper Jonathan Manby, on the firm’s stand at the Great Yorkshire Show. (12-14 July 2016)

On the first two days of the show, the pair – who are based at Theakston’s Masham headquarters – will be demonstrating the ancient art of coppering, namely making casks the traditional way from oak staves and iron hoops.

In addition, Jonathan, who undertook the same journey with Theakston’s 19 years ago, will be making a number of appearances on the Welcome to Yorkshire stand, where a host of traditional crafts will be put on public display.

T&R Theakston Ltd Executive Director Simon Theakston said:

We are extremely proud to have not one, but two coopers, working as part of the Theakston’s team, and both will be with us at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

Both Jonathan and Euan are very rare species in today’s world. Whilst Jonathan is the country’s only craft brewery cooper, Euan is the country’s only apprentice craft brewery cooper.

The increasing popularity for real ale – and the demand for these beers to be served from traditional casks – means Jonathan and Euan are being kept incredibly busy.


Euan said:

I’m honoured to have been indentured by Theakston’s, and whilst I’m only at the beginning of my apprenticeship journey, I have already learned a great deal from Jonathan.

I’m very much looking forward to joining Jonathan on the Theakston stand. I have been to the show in the past as a visitor, and this will be the first time that I will be working at it.

The Theakston Tent at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show is located on Stand 173 on 5th Avenue.

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