Meet the Team

Here's a little info on some of our dedicated team at love Brewing.

Richard Blackwell


Richard has been at the helm of the company for more years than he cares to remember. Homebrew has been very much his working life and he has developed and introduced a huge range of products. Beaverdale, Solomon Grundy, Prohibition, Selection, Vintners, Reserve, World Vineyard, Samsons Beers, Wineworks, Beerworks Ciderworks and all the Still Spirits range of flavouring yeast and equipment. That’s just to name a few.

He's a specialist at wine, beer and especially spirit distillation.

Richard has two children and a few Grandchildren. Nina his daughter is doing the company's social media.

Richard also hosts a series of guides to brewing, on our YouTube channel which have proven very popular - over 2 million views and 10,000 subscribers.

Darren Byrne

General Manager

I’ve been in a few management positions before but I can honestly say being the GM of Love Brewing is a dream job. I've worked and managed bars and have worked here in the UK, and in other countries such as Amsterdam, Portugal, and a full year in New York - USA. I first took an interest in the home brew scene when my grandad and dad brewed.

After leaving university in March 2004 I took up a role as an operations manager at a company where I stayed for 13 years. During the last 2 years of my role, I became aware of a Job for GM at love brewing and held very positive talks with Richard. The timing wasn't right then, but fast forward to October 2018 - I sat down with Richard again, and if you know Richard he is a very hard man to say no to - I haven’t looked back since.

I am a keen home brewer, although I haven’t done much in the way of beer recently, I do love making wine and especially like Love Brewing’s own Superior wine brand (Sauvignon Blanc).

I also enjoy botanical gin making and one of the most rewarding aspects of my job Is teaching our ever so popular Gin Making Masterclasses.

I am very much a family orientated man with 4 wonderful children and understanding wife (anyone who knows a home brewer knows their partners are very understanding, mainly because they get to drink the end products). I enjoy most sports, films and love to cook.

Rob George

Business Development Manager

Rob joined Love Brewing in 2020 and has a varied role which includes marketing, web and graphic design, digital advertising and looking after the company website. He is learning home brewing from the experts in his team, and is about to start a Beerworks lager.

In his personal life he is a musician, and plays drums, piano and bass. He is a casual gamer and a big fan of boxing.