“Working in pubs and bars throughout his time at university opened Tim Hickford's eyes to the wonderful world of beer. In subsequent years this interest has turned into a full blown passion and a career. After university, Tim landed a job at Hertfordshire's Red Squirrel Brewing Co (now rebranded as Mad Squirrel) in late 2013. Initially Tim was made manager of Mad Squirrel's first Tap & Bottle Shop in Chesham, Bucks. Two years later he moved to managing the second Tap & Bottle Shop, in Berkhamsted, Herts. Tim has now been appointed as Training Manager for the rapidly expanding Mad Squirrel Tap & Bottle Shop brand (five outlets, more coming soon) It is his job to make sure staff are enthusiastic and educated on beer. Alongside this, Tim also runs the Mad Squirrel brewery tours, contributes significantly to the company’s marketing and public relations, cultivates a hop garden and hosts regular tutored tastings in the Mad Squirrel outlets. In his spare time he is an avid homebrewer and occasional beer blogger (www.thirdpint.co.uk) and can be found both sides of the bar at numerous beer festivals annually.