Harvey’s Head brewer and Joint Managing Director, Miles Jenner, has been installed as Master of the Brewers’ Company in London. Dating back to the 13th Century, the Worshipful Company of Brewers received its first Royal Charter in 1438 and is fourteenth in order of precedence among the City’s one hundred and ten Livery Companies.
Livery companies, or Guilds as they are often known, have been part of the social and commercial fabric of Europe since medieval times. Originally founded to protect the interests of various trades, they now flourish as charitable patrons, promoters of industry and guardians of heritage and tradition. The Brewers’ Company remains close to its trade, actively supporting the brewing industry and education in brewing. It has a major philanthropic role as trustee to substantial charitable trust funds supporting two schools, multiple other educational initiatives and a number of almshouses.
In a tradition dating back many years, it is customary for the Master to supply beer to Brewers’ Hall during his year of office. Harvey’s recently restored 1957 Ford delivery truck duly travelled through the City and delivered the first casks.
Miles Jenner said, “It is a tremendous honour to have been elected Master. I am immensely proud of the brewing industry and will represent it to the best of my ability in the year ahead.” He succeeds James Arkell, Chairman of Arkell’s Brewery in Wiltshire.