Interview: Thornbridge – Lukas

In your box this month is a delicious Helles Lager called Lukas; it’s from one of the UKs most well known craft breweries, Thornbridge. We talked to James Buchanan, the breweries Export and Marketing Execuative who told us that “The Helles is one of our favourite German styles and means the light one, we felt Lukas (the German spelling) was perfect as it also means ‘Light’”


This straw-blonde 4.2% lager comes from a brewery that has three key principles, which adorn all of their bottles. Innovation, Passion and Knowledge.

James told us that “We do take these three aspects very seriously and they are present in all the beers we produce. Most recently on the innovation side for example we worked with Brooklyn Brewery and created a beer called Serpent, this was aged on cider lees, something we didn’t know of anyone having done before and we were really pleased with the results!”


As far as award winning breweries go, Thornbridge is possibly one of the most decorated with over 350! But a deep passion and enthusiasm for the brewing process and of course the finished product continues to drive them forward to continue to make even better and more successful beers.


Recently opening a bar in The Netherlands, we asked James the reason for this expansion. “The Netherlands is a country we visit often and when the opportunity arose to work in the country we jumped at the chance. The pub is run by Paul who brings a great enthusiasm and professionalism to the place.”

Credit: Mark Newton Photography
Credit: Mark Newton Photography

And with that development Thornbridge shows that they’re a brewery set on growing. James finished by telling us; “we’ve just expanded with more tanks arriving and a brand new KHS bottling line which we are very excited about. This new line will enable us to decrease the amount of oxygen in our bottled beers (which was already very low) meaning that we can guarantee brewery fresh beer for even longer!”

We’re delighted to share Lukas with you in this months box and thanks to James for taking the time out to speak to us. If you want to crack open this delicious Thornbridge brew you can get it in this month’s Northern box. Use the code NORTHERN10 when you sign up at and you can sneak £10 OFF.

Thanks for reading!


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