Our Team

  • Tuggy Delap


    Tuggy is the founder of Fyne Ales and is owner of the farm where the Fyne Ales brewery is located. She loves to meet our customers and is often seen at events we hold. Tuggy is always accompanied by her faithful dog Simba: be careful you dont leave your car window down in the yard as he is likely to try jumping in the passenger seat with you.

    Favourite Beer: Highlander

  • Jamie Delap

    Managing Director

    With prospects tragically blighted by having Cambridge’s best real ale pub located beside the Manufacturing Engineering Department, Jamie spent 17 years running international manufacturing businesses making intensely boring & sensible products before turning his hand to Fyne Ales.

    Telephone: 07834 829917

  • Malcolm Downie

    Head Brewer

    Malcolm is our jolly Head Brewer, he has been brewing on and off for 14 years after graduating in brewing from Heriot Watt University. He can often be heard laughing and is generally responsible for the loud rock music blasting out of the brewhouse.

    Favourite Beer: Vital Spark

  • Elaine Polanski

    Office Manager

    Without Elaine, Fyne Ales would fall apart. She organises everything and everyone: we call it bossy, she calls it being efficient. It pays to be extra nice to Elaine as she makes sure beer arrives on time. She has been at Fyne Ales for nearly ten years and loves travelling and motorcycles.

    Telephone: 01499 600120

    Favourite Beer: Jarl

  • Sam Bennett

    Brewery Tap Manager

    Sam is Fyne Ales' Brewery Tap Manager, responsible for organising events at the brewery. Sam is an expert baker, be sure to look out for her cakes if you visit the brewery tap room!  For information on tours and group visits please contact Sam directly.

    Telephone: 01499600120

    Favourite Beer: Highlander

  • Chris Brooks


    Chris, often referred to as Curly Chris, joined Fyne Ales in January 2012. He has been brewing for six years and adds a wealth of experience to our team. Chris’ other passions in life are his Audi Quattro and cider.

    Favourite Beer: Avalanche

  • Sam MacPhee

    Telesales and Credit Control

    Sam has been with Fyne Ales since 2009; she is Elaine’s right hand woman and keeps the brewery and office running smoothly. Sam loves swimming with sharks and has an impressive collection of their teeth, including one she nabbed while swimming with great whites!

    Favourite Beer: Superior IPA

  • Andrea Ladas


    Andrea joined Fyne Ales following a period of gypsy brewing around the world at top breweries in England, Italy, Ecuador and Denmark. His mad ideas and experience in trying different things with beers will be shining through in beers to come.

    Favourite Beer: Hurricane Jack

  • Archie MacInnes


    Archie is our well-spoken drayman, he is well known the length and breadth of the country for his eloquence and cheek. He has a love of a certain Glasgow football team which he loves to share with everyone. We won’t mention which one. 

    Favourite Beer: Mills & Hills

  • Malcolm Blackwell


    Malcolm is one half of our delivery team. He is well known for winding up his partner in crime Archie around the brewery. No one works harder than Malc and Archie at Fyne Ales as they drive all over the country getting our beer to you on time.

    Favourite Beer: Avalanche

  • Kim Jowett

    Brewery Tap

    Kim is one of our lovely assistants in the brewery tap, she is probably the happiest person at Fyne Ales and loves to tell you about our beer.

    Favourite Beer: Vital Spark

  • Matt Thomasson

    Sales Manager - East Coast

    Since broaching his first firkin in an Edinburgh cellar back in the late 90s, Matt has pursued his passion for great beer and has used his thirst for knowledge (and great beer) in leading Fyne Ales' sales efforts on the East coast from Aberdeen to Newcastle.

    Telephone: 07856686688

    Favourite Beer: Hurricane Jack

  • Phil Kemp

    Financial Controller

    Phil is Fyne Ales' resident spreadsheet wizard, casting spells over the P&L to banish any red numbers. When some say "the glass is half empty" and others say "the glass is half full", Phil says "how much money do we make selling the contents of the glass?".

    Favourite Beer: Sanda Blonde IPA