Ghana has generally been a welcoming location for Europeans, and about the several years it has succeeded in attracting a range of intriguing and generally eccentric men and women who still left a distinct effect on all who satisfied them. Just one such person was Dennis Beasely, Managing Director of Kumasi Brewery in the 1970s. Dennis was the archetypal learn brewer: big, ruddy-complexioned, and whole of jovial bonhomie. With a history of brewing beer in Nigeria, Dennis was addicted to West Africa and established to uncover a way to remain more time in a country that welcomed brief-time period and contractual residence but manufactured long-lasting residence practically impossible.
Kumasi Brewery was one of the city’s several huge personal enterprises and 1 of its biggest businesses. So when the Kwame Nkrumah College of Science and Technological innovation (KNUST) was trying to find to interact much more carefully with the community neighborhood and private sector industries in 1972, and recruiting a Director for its freshly-proven Know-how Consultancy Centre (TCC), Dennis Beasely was invited to sign up for the Appointment’s Committee. This was the commencing of a continuing marriage concerning the brewery and the college via which Dennis maintained an curiosity in the development of the TCC. Afterwards, when the brewery sought to make professional use of the carbon dioxide produced in fermentation, the TCC arranged for KNUST engineers to recommend on compression and storage.
Dennis had one more, much more individual, interest in the college. His wife was a keen member of the UST Horse Culture and kept a energetic stallion stabled on the campus. Mrs Beasely was a frequent rider and just one of the most completed horse persons in the modest band which sought to maintain equestrian functions alive in hard financial situations. On his very first couple appearances at the stables, Dennis appeared to be a reluctant horseman but as time passed, he acquired much more and far more pleasure from his rides, to the extent that he at times turned up by itself to just take a employed horse for a change on the substantial campus or in the bordering bush. The sight of Dennis’s great bulk on an undersized West African Arab, minor even bigger than a pony, induced good sympathy for the animal, but it is satisfying to document that all survived unharmed by the encounter.
At the termination of his contract in Kumasi, Dennis sought alternate work to allow him to continue to be lengthier in Ghana. Till this time, Ghana’s three modern day breweries have been all overseas owned, but in the early 1980s a smaller non-public brewery was struggling to enter the industry. Dennis Beasely, with his long expertise of brewing and marketing beer in West Africa, was the ideal male to consider the new enterprise ahead. It is satisfying to record that by the time Dennis reluctantly retired to England, Ghana’s imbibers have been in a position to claim that their countrymen drew sustenance from, not a few, but four modern breweries.