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Grantham brewery creates special beer for staffer

There’s nothing like a beer with your name on it.

John Senior, 66, found just that last week when he retired as a delivery driver for Oldershaw’s Brewery.

Brewery managing partner Kathy Britton created a special brew to mark his retirement after 15 years of delivering for the company.

Kathy said the beer was to thank him for his loyal and dedicated service and as a mark of respect. It is a 3.8% session beer made with ‘punchy’ American hops and has a slight amber tinge.

Some 36 barrels of ‘John’s Brew’ has been made, one of which goes to John, the other 35 which will be made available for pubs across the district, as well as being served at the Great British Beer Festival in Olympia, London, in August.

John is perhaps best known as landlord of the Lord Harrowby in Dudley Street, Grantham, to which he will now totally devote himself to the pub, helping out his hardworking wife Lynda.

John has spent decades in pubs, having ran the Sir Isaac Newton in Grantham during the 1980s, followed by the Blue Bull in Westgate and then driving for Oldershaw’s. He and wife Lynda took over the Lord Harrowby in 2011 but he still worked full-time for Oldershaw’s until last year.

John says he has met many lovely people and characters over the years and he is so proud to be immortalised with his own ale.


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