These brewers share respect and admiration for the work of Alastair’s greatest inspiration and personal beer hero, Michael Jackson. A writer and television personality responsible for the definitive beer books of the late 70’s and early 80’s, Michael’s book ‘World Guide to Beer’ becomes a bible for a new wave of brewers challenging traditional beer styles and perceptions.
Meanwhile back home in the UK, the choice for beer drinkers is made up of only three styles; Lager, Stout and Ale. Alastair knew this needed to change for the better, and if anyone was going to make it happen, he was the man for the job.
Fascinated by the modern Craft Beer revolution in the States, Hook’s passion for beer switches from hobby to career. He sits his Dad down with a large whiskey and announces he’s dropping out of a degree in economic and social history, to study brewing at Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh.
After four years at the brewing school, and with a few backpacking trips to Europe and America under his belt, Hook gets to grips with German grammar and heads over to Munich to work as a post-graduate at the prestigious university at Weihenstephan.