Meet Mark McGarry, Head Brewer at Tyne Bank Brewery Ltd. Tyne Bank based in Byker, Newcastle was established in early 2011 and is the brainchild of Julia Austin, who started the brewery after taking voluntary redundancy from her job as a chemical engineer. Before this she worked in the paint division of Nissan as a development engineer, before moving on to work as a production manager at US firm Arizona Chemicals.
Julia was inspired after visiting Granville Island Brewing in Vancouver, Canada, where she was bitten by the beer- making bug. Also spurred on by engineer husband John to make a decent pint; this plus the downturn in the chemical industry decided Julia to turn to brewing. (more…)