Once again, the weekend is upon us and that means it’s time to time to put some quickfire questions to a local business leader. For this week’s ‘Time Out’, Business Link spoke to Andy Gascoigne, Managing Director of Haworth Steam Brewery in Keighley.
What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?
Work, I’m afraid. I work every weekend, making sure the beer, gin and tonics we produce are of the highest quality. By Sunday evening, though, it’s time for my wife Mandy and myself to relax, have a lovely meal and watch a film together. That’s a precious time.
What is your hobby?
My hobby is my work. Brewing is what I love to do, and it’s made me and my company Haworth Steam Brewery successful.
What is your favourite movie?
I might get some stick for this, but it’s Mamma Mia. I love ABBA and, as a family, we watch it every Christmas Day.
If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career?
I was in the army with the Royal Green Jackets based in Winchester. My time in the army was unfortunately cut short due to family issues, but I loved my time there. I think all young people should have to do a spell in the Armed Forces – they build great character and discipline.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
I would like to be able to see what my competitors were brewing and to be able to see what their recipes were. That would help me immensely when brewing a new beer.
What is your favourite genre of music?
I love all music, but I am a huge fan of Glen Campbell, who has now sadly now passed away. I also enjoy singers like Lewis Capaldi and the bands ELO and Keane.
If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?
Obviously not the Titanic! I would fancy a trip on the inaugural journey of the Orient Express and, I’m taking a liberty here, I would like Hercule Poirot to be on board as well to solve a good old murder mystery.
Andy Gascoigne and his daughter Kelly will be hosting a Christmas pop-up stall with their splendid drinks at Debenhams at the White Rose Centre in Leeds from November 24.