MEET THE TEAM

At HOPE, we love what we do. Each and every person in the brewery has a passion for small-batch, hand crafted beer. Over the coming months, we’ll be introducing you to all of our staff, one by one. Keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page for more information.

Wim de Jongh

Founder

Hailing from the Netherlands, but born in the Rotunda, Dutch-Celt Wim is the founder of Hope Beer.

Having spent 30 successful years traversing Europe managing packaging companies from Berlin to Bern, in 2015 decided to pursue his true passionl Craft Beer.

An avid tennis player, Wim models much of his game on John McEnroe and can be found firing rackets around Sutton Lawn Tennis Club every other weekend. Luckily, his McEnroe inspired tennis style does not translate into the day to day running of the brewery!

Mark Nixon

Head Brewer

Having plied his trade in a variety of breweries, Mark has deservedly gained the recognition as one of Ireland’s most esteemed recipe designers and brewers. With new, exciting concepts and brews coming out his ears, we never know what unique twist Mark will put on our next creation, with some notable results including our Oatmeal IPA and Export Stout (if you haven’t tried them, you ought to!).

A weekly 5-a-side player, Mark compares his playing style to that of Paul Scholes, quiet and unassuming but plenty of technique and bite! Actually describes his brewing style too…

Jeanne Mahony

Marketing

A Jack (or Jill) of all trades, Jeanne does a little bit of everything around the Hope Brewery. From sales and marketing to bottling and tastings, Jeanne’s fingerprints are all over everything we do here.

A speaker of 4 languages, Jeanne has worked all over Europe and has been one of the primary drivers in Hope’s development.

When not chatting/selling/marketing beer, Jeanne can be found roaring up and down rugby touchlines and coaching basketball for her local team, Malahide. There’s 25 hours in the day and 8 days in the week for this woman!

Jonny Gantley

 

Jonny Gantley was born and raised in Birmingham but knows Dublin like the back of his hand. He has worked in many of the finest Dublin drinking establishments and is a craft beer expert. He joined Hope to fulfil his dream of becoming a brewer and to learn from the masters Mark and Martyn.

 

He is now brewing on his own and provides the inspiration and knowhow for many of our exciting Innovation series beers from the pilot kit. When he can be spared from the brewery, you will spot him out and about in the Hope van doing deliveries and looking damn cool!

Des McSwiggan

Co-Founder

For his sins, Des spent much of his career in the financial sector. After a mere 30 year stint he swapped the banks for beers and brewing, reconnecting with his inner twenty something who spent his college years pulling pints in Portmarnock.

An avid comedy fan, our Dessie claims he’s seen every episode of Fawlty Towers over 100 times, and we have to say there’s a touch of the Basils about him!

Des is out on the beat, blessed with the gift of the gab, if he hasn’t been into your bar, watch out because he’s coming for you.

Martyn Dunne

Assistant Brewer

Resident metalhead Martyn came to us via Canada and Northern Ireland, working as both a brewer and a bar manager. A real true homebrewing veteran, Martyn has been concocting beers from home for well over 10 years.

All this homebrewing hasn’t been without it’s hiccups, Martyn once brewed a batch of stout that turned so malty he decided it would be much more suitable as a garnish for his fish and chips!

Tom Kane

 

Tom Kane is the last man in to the team, joining Hope in Summer 2018. Tom has a degree in Criminology which is very useful in identifying crimes against good beer. His love of craft beer was ignited in Dundee during his studies when he worked part time in the local Brewdog pub. His hobbies include identifying and drinking delicious craft beers and playing rugby for Suttonians RFC.

 

He is out and about in the shops and pubs of Dublin trying to convince you all to stock and sell our products.