Master Brewer

Sentinel MD and Head Brewer, Alex Barlow, became the youngest ever Master Brewer when he qualified in 1991. Since then he has worked for Bass, Staropramen and run his own consultancy business helping found or develop numerous breweries in the UK and abroad including Purity, Marble, Little Beer, GaraGuzu and Helmsley.

Alex is passionate about sharing and developing beer knowledge and education. He wrote and published the ALL BEER Guide in 2008, which won of 4 International Awards and is available from our shop. He is also Director of Learning at The Beer Academy, for whom we are delighted to host the beer awareness and education courses that can lead all the way to a Beer Sommelier qualification.

ALL BEER and The Beer Academy

ALL BEER (ALL = Ale, Lager & Lambic BEER) seeks to engage people with beer through informing focussing on Flavour > Discovery > Choice. Informed by Alex’s 30+ years trade experience our aim is to engage people with simple everyday beer descriptions and food matches informed by our ground-breaking research with the International Centre of Brewing Science (ICBS) at Nottingham University.

ALL BEER Finder website and app is the ground-breaking result of extensive beer flavour research offering users unparalleled insights and flexibility to search our database of British, Continental and International beers.

ALL BEER works with The Beer Academy to develop and share beer knowledge for all.

The Beer Academy is part of the IBD the pre-eminent beer education body. The Beer Academy has trained over 10,000 people including over 100 accredited Beer Sommeliers. As their Director of Training and chief sommelier examiner, Alex is well placed to inform and educate anyone who wants to develop their beer appreciation and knowledge. Take a look at the courses and edu-tainment events we offer on site the Sentinel private dining and meeting room.

Naming Philosophy

All our beers have a 2 or 3-letter name that stand for the beer’s defining style or features. This practice harks back to a long-standing tradition amongst British brewers which died out as marketeers began to strive for image above all. We prefer to spend our time preparing recipes and brewing rather than seeking out increasingly obscure names.

Lowdown on Growlers

‘Growler’ is the nickname for a large bottle or can for taking your beer home, fresh from the brewery. It is said to derive from the ‘growl’ made by Carbon Dioxide forcing up the lid of an old galvanised can on the route home. Simply choose from our rotating selection of up to 8 draught beers. 

Limited Edition Beers

Watch out for our limited edition range of hand-bottled, bottle-conditioned beers, brewed once only by hand in small batches to scratch our brewers’ creative itches or to just go crazy with our friends from the International brewing community.


A Brewery In The Making