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Beer Academy® Beer Sommelier
Other Beer Certifications: Cicerone Certified Beer Server
Job Title: Beer Sommelier/Cicerone
Company Details: Guinness Open Gate Brewery - the experimental arm of Guinness brewing
Biography: Padraig Fox, probably better known to anyone who has met him as Foxy, has had a 14 year beer career to date, lucky enough to have worked across a broad range of the industry, including tourism, brand development, sales, quality and hospitality.
In his current role as General Manager of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, he curates the tap list in the experimental taproom featuring one off Guinness experimental beers and a selection of independent irish guest taps, runs beer focussed events and festivals, and educates both staff and consumers alike on the myriad of beer styles and flavours that exist in the world today.
Hugely passionate about beer quality, and even working in the Guinness Quality team, both in Ireland and the USA, Padraig strives to help outlets achieve the perfect beer conditions to allow customers taste beer as it should. During his time in the US he fell in love with the taproom scene and brought back a keen desire to help this idea flourish in Ireland.
For him, the best aspect of beer is the people – loving how beer brings everyone together in a social environment, and he incorporates as much of the social aspect of beer as he can when doing staff training or educating consumers on a particular beer style or range of flavours. He has been interviewed by Good Beer Hunting, Ferment, The Mirror, RTE TV and numerous other media outlets over the past number of years.