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8th March 2013

Renowned Essex craft brewer, tutor and beer expert Nigel Sadler has just published a short book on brewing.

Renowned Essex craft brewer, tutor and beer expert Nigel Sadler has just published a short book on brewing. “Notes on Craft Ale Brewing” is a brief 64 page guide to the essentials of brewing theory covering the raw materials through to the finished item in the glass.

Nigel says “This is the culmination of 5 years work and has involved a lot of chopping and changing during that time. It started life as accompanying course notes for my Learn2brew Introduction to Craft Brewing Course. I’ve tried to condense all the information that I myself learnt on Institute of Brewing & Distilling, Brewlab and Campden BRI courses along with practical experience into a handy format.”

Nigel hopes the book will appeal to microbrewers and home brewers alike in underpinning a certain level of practical brewing with the relevant science to reinforce it. Nigel has pointed out that it was put together and designed specifically to be not too heavy on calculations and equations which are the remit of far more detailed books on the subject. “I want it to be able to slip into a pocket or into a bag, not stuck on a shelf gathering dust.” He said.

Nigel adds “There are lots of ways of achieving the same goal, in this case brewing great craft ale. As in many things there are not necessarily right and wrong ways to go about it. However, as with learning to drive, you need guidance at the start, then once you’re competent you go on your own way. And we all know that a quick glance at the Highway Code now and again helps keeps things fresh and that’s where this book might also help the more experienced craft brewer.”

Nigel continues to run a number of courses from brewing through to bar staff training under the Learn2brewschool banner. The brewing school is based at The White Hart Inn, Margaretting Tye which is itself a highly successful and award winning pub, a firm favourite with many for its excellent selection of real ales and good food.

The book costs £9.95 including p&p and is available direct from from 21st March. It will be appearing in brewing supply shops across East Anglia in the months to come.


Nigel Sadler is currently Commercial & Operations Manager at Mayland based Wibblers Brewery. He has studied brewing on and off since 1985 gaining qualifications with the Institute of Brewing & Distilling and the Beer Academy. He is Vice-chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), a part time tutor and board member of the London based Beer Academy. He was voted APPBG Beer Sommelier of the Year 2012.

Nigel has also been an active member of the Chelmsford & Mid-Essex branch of CAMRA for the past 7 years. He is also a member of the Brewery History Society, The British Guild of Beer Writers and the Craft Brewers Association.

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