Introducing – Salt Scribblers

If you own a bar or bottle shop in Yorkshire and the North West, you may have been chatting to one of these fine chaps over the past couple of weeks. If not, we’re delighted to introduce you to the two newest members of the SALT team, our “Scribblers” Jonny Woodcock & James Swinnerton.

But what is a Scribbler we hear you ask? Read on to find out more!

Back in’t day a Scribbler was someone employed in a Scribbling Mill, where the wool was roughly carded before spinning. An important part of the textile making process, just as these guys are a very important part of our process of getting SALT beer out to the finest watering holes and drinks emporiums in the land.

Jonny has been given the task of introducing SALT to a number of establishments across The North West, Staffordshire, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire; whilst James will be our field sales representative in Yorkshire & the Humber, The North East and Lincolnshire.

We decided to put some questions to our new Scribblers to get to know them a little better:

How did you get into the brewing industry?

  • JW: I was interested in historic pubs first (when living in London and working at Tate) but got fed up of drinking sour cask in boring pubs. I then got introduced to The Kernel beers in 2009 and soon I was spending all my spare time and money on seeking out good beer. When it was time for us to move back to the North I decided to try to turn my love of beer in to a job and started working at Mad Hatter Brewing Co.
  • JS: I had worked in bars and restaurants for about 10 years and was working at a hotel chain when I met Jamie Lawson. Having managed Archies and later the Hop in Leeds I heard about the opportunity at the brewery.

What excited you about joining SALT?

  • JW: Well obviously the brewery space is amazing but working with the team is what makes the job so enjoyable. They really are a lovely bunch, and make phenomenal beer of course.
  • JS: The beer! (no offence to the rest of the team…) Having been with the company before the brewery was built I watched the place transform into an amazing space, making incredible beer and it’s something I really wanted to be a part of.

What’s your favourite style of beer?

  • JW: This is tricky because what I enjoy most about beer is the spectrum of styles and flavours, but I’ll always gravitate towards Bretted Pales/Saisons.
  • JS: I will drink absolutely anything, so it really depends what kind of mood I’m in. At the moment I am really enjoying a good sour.

And now for the important stuff….

If you were a wrestler, what would your entrance music be?

  • JW: Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • JS: Tough one, I think maybe Led Zeppelin – A Whole Lotta Love. The intro is perfect entrance music, not sure about the lyrics though. Maybe I’m more of a lover than a fighter?

If you were on Mastermind, what would your specialist subject be?

  • JW: I’d like to say something a bit more erudite but probably The Adventures of Tintin.
  • JS: A very unpopular subject around these parts, but it would have to be the love of my life, Middlesbrough FC. Apologies to my wife who comes a close second on the list.

What is the most used emoji on your phone?

  • JW: Not really an emoji user but throw a thumbs up out there now and then.
  • JS: I’ve just had a look and it’s the aubergine. Not sure what that says about me as a person…

Coffee or Tea?

  • JW: Strong Yorkshire Tea with just a splash of semi skimmed milk please – EBC 17
  • JS: Definitely coffee. Black, no sugar, just in case anyone wants to make me one…

Bourbon Biscuits or Custard Creams?

  • JW: Bourbon for sure but I’m more of a cake man if available.
  • JS: I don’t have a sweet tooth really, can I have a sausage roll instead?

Sparkler or no Sparkler?  

  • JW: Hmm, this is tricky because I love Harvey’s Sussex Best from living in London which would be ruined by a sparkler, but also love the tight head I get on a pint of Bank Top Mild/Old Peculiar at my local The Guest House, Southport. When in Rome I suppose.
  • JS: We’re in Yorkshire, it has to be sparkler every time!

If you were trapped on a desert island and could only take 1 Book, 1 Album and an unlimited supply of 1 Beer with you, what would you take?

  • JW
    • Book: Would have to be a big book, so maybe The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy (bit of a cheat).
    • Album: I’d like to say ‘the best of the Beatles’ but probably would be something by Can, probably Ege Bamyasi.
    • Beer: Orval, which as I would have an unlimited supply and loads of time could finally cellar some (deep in the cool sand) as well as drinking fresh, then do vertical tastings with Wilson.
  • JS
    • Book: It would have to be something long to pass the time, War and Peace is long right? Could spare a few pages to start a fire as well.
    • Album: Innervisions by Stevie Wonder, there are some real gems on there and when you consider he played almost all the instruments himself on two thirds of the songs it makes it all the more incredible.
    • Beer: This is the most difficult choice, I’m not sure I could narrow it down to just one! Our very own Huckaback is the most well rounded beer I’ve had in a while. Part of me thinks that the best beer I’ve had was a Zot Dubbel fresh from the brewery in Bruges. If I was feeling sentimental I would probably go out drinking the beer that was my usual when I first started visiting my local pub, a Sam Smith’s Sovereign Bitter…


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