Our brewer

Mat Henney (above, photo courtesy of Totnes Beer Library) joined us in 2013 as head brewer.  He’s been a brewer since 2007, first with Hogs Back Brewery and most recently with Dartmoor Brewery.  He’s well on his way through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling’s prestigious Master Brewer’s course; he did so well on the first module that he won a scholarship for module 2.

It’s a big jump from a well-established brewery to a start-up, but Mat’s enthusiastic about developing his own recipes and working with the community to build this company.  He loves talking beer, and enjoys meeting New Lion members and fans.

Our founding directors

(Left to right) Ann Monroe, Kathy Alexander, Rob Alexander, Rob Hopkins.

(Left to right) Ann Monroe, Kathy Alexander, Rob Alexander, Rob Hopkins.

American journalist Ann Monroe has long covered the environment, sustainable business, and local food and drink. She became involved in plans for the New Lion Brewery even before moving to Totnes, and has taken a leading role in getting the company organized.

Kathy Alexander, originally from Plymouth, has spent many years in the hotel and tourism industry.  After living in Australia for 16 years, where she worked for an international airline, she returned to Devon early in the millennium with a new career as a tour guide.  Settling in Totnes in 2005 she spent four years with English Heritage, but now combines her freelance guiding work with running a busy pub, The Bay Horse Inn, with her husband Rob as well as being a director of the New Lion Brewery.  She maintains her interest in all things heritage and is on the committee of Friends of Totnes Museum.

As landlord of the Bay Horse Inn, one of Totnes’ most popular pubs, Rob Alexander has a solid track record in business, and as one of the town’s leading publicans, has extensive contacts and knowledge within the local beer trade.

Rob Hopkins is the award-winning co-founder of the Transition Network, about which he regularly lectures and writes. He represents the bigger picture of economic regeneration and has authored many popular books about local resilience. Rob and the Transition Network were among NESTA and The Observer’s list of ‘Britain’s 50 New Radicals’. His forward thinking brings a sense of the local community and REconomy (and his taste in beer isn’t bad, either).