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18th January 2013


Jo Miller, Head of Sales and Marketing at Sambrook’s Brewery in Battersea, is the first employee at a London brewery to receive Beer Sommelier accreditation from the Beer Academy, demonstrating the brewery’s commitment to staff training.

Becoming the seventh female in the world to receive the accreditation, Jo has proved her beer credentials by successfully passing a series of exams that have included learning how to judge a beer by category, blind beer tastings, beer and food matching, and technical knowledge. Jo comments:

“I’m very passionate about beer and have spent the last eight years educating the trade and consumers on different beer styles and food matches. I’m delighted to have gained my Beer Sommelier qualification and believe it will help me to enthuse as many people as possible about the beauty of beer.”

Duncan Sambrook, Sambrook’s Brewery founder, adds: “We’re all incredibly proud of what Jo has achieved. Sambrook’s brewery is committed to providing staff with the best possible qualifications and training.”

Jo will be using her Beer Sommelier qualification to help create and present monthly beer and food matching events at the newly opened bar at the brewery, the Boadicea Bar. On 14th February, Jo will be joined by beer writer Will Hawkes to present an alternative to Valentine’s Day, which will include an exploration of London’s craft beer scene and tutored beer tasting. ‘Love beer? drink here’ will begin at 7pm and tickets can be purchased via Tickets cost £20 for members and £25 for non-members.

On 6th March, Jo will present an evening of matching beers with pies to from the award-winning Ginger Pig to celebrate British Pie Week. The tasting will begin at 7pm and tickets can be purchased via Tickets cost £20 for members and £25 for non-members.



was founded in Battersea in 2008 by Duncan Sambrook and has grown quickly to become an established UK brewer with a reputation for

quality. Sambrook’s is the home to award-winning cask ales such as Wandle – World’s Best Bitter under 5% ABV at the World Beer Awards 2012 – and

brews a range of English cask and bottled beer.

Sambrook’s launched in November 2008 after Duncan Sambrook quit his job as a city accountant to pursue his dream of becoming a brewer. Used to drinking locally brewed beers in his home town of Salisbury, he thought provenance-conscious Londoners could do with a local brewery. His co-founder, David Welsh, echoed this belief and together they transformed a warehouse in Battersea into a 20 barrel brewery. David is the previous managing director of the Ringwood Brewery and has been brewing for over 30 years.

To keep up with demand for their products Sambrook’s has expanded its production in 2012 by 25% allowing the team to brew 50,000 pints a week.

The brewery has also expanded to add a new bar and shop to the existing site opening up access for members to enjoy a pint at the newly opened Boadicea Bar.

Sambrook’s offer open evening tours which includes tutored tastings everythird Wednesday of the month from 7pm or private tours can be arranged for any other time in the week subject to availability.