Dr Dean Jenkins has launched his own micro-brewery
Dr Dean Jenkins, 50, was a hospital doctor and geriatrician specialising in diabetes before his current job with a medical publisher.
But in his spare time he is also running the smallest brewery in Cornwall with an output of 1,600 pints per batch.
He set up his Tremethick Brewery after years of amateur brewing in his kitchen and has converted his old stables into his beer factory at a £100,000 cost.
Tremethick is now on Camra's official list of Cornish breweries and Dr Jenkins is hoping to expand.
He said: “I'm mad keen on beer and I've been a home brewer since I was 18.
“When we moved to Cornwall ten years ago I kept up-scaling and up-scaling until last June when I booked myself into a micro-brewery course, got all the equipment and set up Tremethick.
The former hospital doctor and geriatrician specialising in diabetes is now a medical publisher
Dr Jenkins has spent years of amateur brewing in his kitchen
“I'm still very much an amateur but I'm learning all the time and we're looking to grow.
I'm mad keen on beer and I've been a home brewer since I was 18
Dr Dean Jenkins
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“It used to be my man cave in here. But now it's a just a much bigger man cave.“
Referring to his big rivals he added: “St Austell Brewery may have a 165-year head start on us, and I don't know where we'll be in 16 months, let alone 165 years.
He has converted his own stables into his beer factory at a £100,00 cost
“But there's always room in Cornwall for more beer to be produced.
“And over time I'd like to be in a position to employ a couple of people at the brewery and see it grow.“
Tremethick Brewery currently produces and sells bottles of pale and dark ales in 30 outlets in Cornwall and it is hoping to double that number this year.
Dr Jenkins uses crystal malts and English hops for his pale ale and chocolate malts and Rakau hops from New Zealand for his dark ale.
He added: “I wanted to do the beers I like – one pale ale and one dark ale. What else does anyone need?
“Over time we will looking at creating other beers. At least our beers have been well received which is a good start.”
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Dr Jenkins decided to uproot his family to Grampound in Cornwall after a summer holidaying in the county.
He and his wife and three children decided they'd rather live there than return to Wales.
Dr Jenkins said: “Our two boys come and help at bottling times while our daughter is really keen and has been taking samples to shops. The business is definitely growing. We've been getting a lot of interest from small local shops.
“They've told us they like the design of our beer. It looks like a traditional beer and eventually we hope it will have even wider appeal.
“There's been a lot of support from the industry. We're all competing for shelf space but there's a lot of camaraderie in brewing.”