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ALAN DUNN, the head brewer at Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, says he never gets tired of trying the labours of his toils.

“There’s a myth that if you’re making chocolate or brewing beer that you get sick of it, but I never get tired of trying the beer I brew,” he said.

He’s worked as a brewer since 1977 first at Ruddles, before joining Black Sheep in the late 1990s. Now the company’s looking to the next generation of brewers to its flock taking on the first ever apprentices, described as lambs by the PR company in a run of inevitable sheep puns.

In association with Askham Bryan College, they’ve taken on Nicholas Norris, 22, from Thirn, and Joshua Lacey, 19, from Easingwold. Both are studying for a Food and Drink Qualification Level 2 Diploma For Proficiency in Brewing and Industry Skills that takes 18 months to complete. They get 37 hours’ a week work experience at Black Sheep, seven of those hours are taken up by training.

Ken Notes: Hmmmmmm... If HD is not taking apprentices New Glarus might be a good choice....

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