William Worthington Microbrewery Appoints Stefano Cossi as Head Brewer
Former UK Brewer of the Year 2010, Stefano Cossi, has been appointed as Head Brewer at the William Worthington’s Brewery. The microbrewery, located in Burton-upon-Trent at the National Brewing Centre, is home to William Worthington’s flagship brands, including White Shield and Red Shield. Stefano will be taking over from Jim Appelbee, who stood down earlier this year.
Returning to the UK from Italy, where he was technical director of spent a year specifying a new brewery, Stefano brings with him an impressive brewing pedigree. During his previous stint in the UK, as technical director at Thornbridge, Stefano oversaw the development of Jaipur IPA. In total, brews on which Stefano worked picked up an impressive 32 awards.
Martin J Cecil, Head of Brewing Innovation at Molson Coors, said of Stefano’s appointment:
“After an exhaustive search, we believe that we have found the right brewer to take on William Worthington’s. His reputation within the industry speaks for itself, and it is a hugely positive move to bring someone with Stefano’s talent and craftsmanship on board. We believe Stefano’s commitment to quality will ensure our traditional brands continue to satisfy ale drinkers throughout the U.K, whilst continuing to drive innovation at the brewery so William Worthington’s continues to capitalise on the growing popularity of cask and bottled ales.”
William Worthington began brewing great beer in Burton on Trent, the home of British Brewing in 1744. He became a pioneer in the brewing industry and set the benchmark for future generations. In the last 280 years of brewing, a great all round Worthington’s ales portfolio has been created including great tasting keg and cask ales.
Worthington’s is the No1 ale brand in Wales with 21.1% volume share and also over indexes in Central and Yorkshire and is part of the UK’s most diverse beer portfolio at Molson Coors (UK & Ireland).
About Molson Coors
Molson Coors Brewing Company is a leading global brewer delivering extraordinary brands that delight the world’s beer drinkers. It brews, markets and sells a portfolio of leading premium brands such as Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Carling, Blue Moon, and Keystone Light across North America, Europe and Asia. It operates in Canada through Molson Coors Canada; in the U.S. through MillerCoors; and in the U.K. and Ireland through Molson Coors (UK). For more information on Molson Coors Brewing Company and our portfolio of brands, visit the company’s website, www.molsoncoors.com.
In the UK, Molson Coors has over 2,000 employees and breweries in Burton on Trent, Alton and Tadcaster. It has a market share of over 20% of the UK beer market. Molson Coors’ Independent On-Trade drinks division provides a world of drinks in one delivery for independent pubs and clubs to provide hassle free ordering and deliveries. It offers 2,400 products – from locally produced cask beers to fine wines and spirits. It also provides business building support, including staff training, food matching advice and merchandising guidance.
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