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5th November 2012

Beer Academy Sommelier travels back in time for TV

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Beer Academy Sommelier, Jane Peyton, appears on BBC2 “Great British Food Revival” at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 6th November.  In the programme Jane and the host, celebrity chef Angela Hartnett, recreate a medieval style beer.

Jane said “Angela was particularly interested to hear that historically the majority of brewers were women not men. Ale was brewed in the home as part of domestic duties. For the programme we recreated medieval style ale.   This was a very different brew to what we drink nowadays.  In England brewers didn’t start using hops until the Middle Ages and so our ale was flavoured with honey and heather.

I’m always amazed by the enormous variety of aromas and flavours found in beer.  My mission as a Beer Sommelier is to introduce people to this incredible diversity and encourage them to explore the wonderful world of beer.”




Photograph – Jane Peyton, Beer Academy Sommelier.


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Notes for Editors.

Jane Peyton is the principal of a corporate events company that runs beer, cider, wine, and spirits tasting events.  Jane co-brewed four beers in 2012 – two at Brewster’s Brewery in Grantham which were available as guest ales in some London Fuller’s pubs, and two at The Botanist Brew Pub in Kew.  Her recipe for Limey Porter  was described as Thai curry in a glass and was such a hit that it has been re-brewed several times.  Jane is fascinated by the cultural history of alcohol and is an entertaining host, advising people how to appreciate beer, wine, cider and spirits; helping them understand how they are made and the principles of tasting.  She trained through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and is a tutor at the Beer Academy. She has been practicing the art of tasting since she was converted to cask beer after drinking a pint of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord Ale as a student in Leeds.   Nirvana!

Jane can be contacted at

Beer Sommelier Qualification Requirements.

People who wish to become Beer Academy Accredited Beer Sommeliers must have passed the following:

  1. The Beer Academy Advanced Course
  2. Beer Academy ‘How to judge beer ‘ Course
  3. The British Institute of Inn keeping (BII)  Award in Beer Cellar Quality (ABCQ) (for people working in the on trade only)

The applicant must also provide a Portfolio of Evidence demonstrating their practical competence in:

  • Use of beer menus or other similar schemes at retail level
  • Use of beer and food pairings
  • The use of beer range in retailing
  • Evidence of high beer retailing and image standards through POS, branded glassware, cellar hygiene standards and other relevant evidence

Applicants will be assessed in a viva voce with a Beer Academy examiner. The examination fee is £150 +VAT.  To apply, contact

The Beer Academy

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.