Cheers to a new career

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AN East Durham man is toasting a new career after joining a microbrewery.

Owen McGowan, 21, from Blackhall Colliery, has been taken on by The Sonnet 43 Brew House, in Coxhoe, County Durham.

He becomes the company’s first apprentice and will learn the art of brewing traditional cask ales for the modern marketplace.

Owen McGowan, from Blackhall Colliery, studied at Byron Sixth Form College, in Peterlee, and had been working part time as a customer service referee at a laser tag firm in the town.

He will work full-time alongside Sonnet 43’s head brewer, Michael Harker, who previously spent nine years at the award-winning High House Farm Brewery at Matfen, Northumberland.

The duo will be responsible for brewing Sonnet 43’s range of four craft ales, which are currently supplied to pubs across the region.

They will also be spearheading the planned expansion to include more varieties, as well as bottles which will be sold to the leisure trade and general public.

Owen said: “I am really lucky to have been given the chance to learn such an amazing trade and even more so to be taught by Michael, one of the most respected brewers in the North-East.”