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4th April 2012

Nigel Sadler appointed to Beer Academy Board

Nigel Sadler has joined the Board of the Beer Academy.  Nigel is Operations and Commercial Manager at Essex based Wibblers Brewery.   He is also a Beer Academy Beer Sommelier and Vice Chairman of SIBA.

Nigel says “I have seen from personal experience how being a Beer Academy Beer Sommelier has helped meet the needs of my customers.   There is a fantastic opportunity for brewers and pub owners to use the Beer Academy to inspire people to discover more about beer.. Beer is a great product and we all need to do more to shout about it!”

Beer Academy Director, Simon Jackson said “Nigel has been one of the Beer Academy’s most enthusiastic supporters and was one of our first Beer Sommeliers.  His experience will be invaluable as we continue to develop the Beer Academy offer to allow companies to use beer knowledge to build strong commercial performance.””.





Photo Caption – Nigel Sadler


For further information contact


Paul Hegarty

+44 (0)7808 096250


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.

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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 @TheBeerAcademy