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6th June 2013

Beer Academy Sommelier goes into print

Essex craft brewer and Beer Academy Sommelier, Nigel Sadler, has published a simple 24 page guide to beer & food pairing.  “Notes on Beer & Food Matching”* outlines the brewing process and describes how the various brewing raw materials affect the flavour of the final product;  it describes how to assess beer flavour and provides simple tips on pairing beer with food.   Nigel has previously published books on beer tasting and craft ale brewing.  In 2012, he was invited to write a series of blogs on beer and food matching for the BBC Food Website.

Nigel says “There is enormous interest in matching beer and food and, as a Beer Sommelier, I am often invited to speak about the subject.  People frequently ask where they can find out more but frustratingly the number of books on the subject is limited.”

“My book is aimed at both craft brewers and beer lovers to provide simple advice on how organise food and beer pairing events and dinners.  It was deliberately designed to slip into a pocket or a bag for day to day use rather than being stuck on the shelf gathering dust.”

Nigel runs a number of courses on brewing, beer appreciation and bar staff training under the “Learn 2 Brew” banner at the award winning White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye.  

“Notes on Beer & Food Matching” can be ordered from  and costs £4.25.




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Notes for Editors

Nigel Sadler’s interest in beer and brewing started in the early ’80’s when he joined CAMRA to hunt down beer festivals and search out new brews.   In 1985, he went on one of the first micro brewing courses to be run by Keith Thomas at Brew Lab.  Whilst not actively brewing in those days, he maintained his interest in beer by reading, visiting breweries, attending festivals and completing brewing training courses, particularly those run by the Beer Academy which inspired his interest in matching beer with food.   Three years ago, he left a career in the city to become a brewing consultant to an Essex based microbrewer helping win awards for both the beer and the business over a two year period.  In April this year he became Operations and Commercial Manager for a 20 barrel Essex based microbrewery, Wibblers.   In 2010 he set up Learn2Brew which offers one day training courses in craft brewing, which have already attracted over 60 delegates.  Nigel is a Trustee of SIBA, East Region and was recently elected to be SIBA Vice President.  He was voted the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group Beer Sommelier of the year in 2012


The Beer Academy is an educational body that was founded by a small group of beer enthusiasts in 2003 to help people understand, appreciate and enjoy beer sensibly.  To date over 10,000 people have attended Beer Academy courses and tasting events such as the BBC Good Food Show, the Great British Beer Festival and the British Museum as well as in pubs and bars up and down the country. The Academy offers a range of courses and qualifications ranging from a 90 minute tutored introduction to beer through to the two day Advanced Course for serious beer connoisseurs.  Full details of all Beer Academy Courses and events can be found    or follow us on Twitter @TheBeerAcademyand Facebook