The chairman of Wiltshire brewery Arkell’s succeeds Young’s chief executive Stephen Goodyear as figurehead of the guild, which dates back to the 12th century.
In celebration, Arkell’s has brewed The Master, a stout with wheat, oats and roasted barley blended together with American hops, which will be available in casks throughout July and in bottles for the rest of the year.
The Brewers’ Company supports the trade through its charitable trust funds, which support two schools, multiple other educational initiatives and a number of almshouses.
The company was granted a charter by Henry VI in 1438.
Arkell said: “I am honoured to become the next Master of the Brewers’ Company. It is a role with a lot of responsibility and I am looking forward to representing this glorious industry at the highest levels.”