Founder of School of Booze, Emeritus Drinks Educator of the Year, instigator of Beer Day Britain annually on June 15th
Jane Peyton is Principal of the School of Booze - an events company and consultancy. She is fascinated by the cultural history of alcohol and is an enthusiastic tasting tutor, encouraging people to appreciate beer, cider, and wine.
Jane's passion is beer and she was Britain's first Beer Sommelier of the Year 2014-15. She is the instigator of Beer Day Britain, Britain's first national beer day which takes place annually on June 15th. It shares the same date as Magna Carta sealing day because ale is mentioned in clause 35 of Magna Carta.
Jane is the author of several non-fiction books including 'Beer o'Clock, 'School of Booze', and ' Brilliant Britain'. She is a public speaker, and a regular guest on radio and TV talking about alcohol.
She trained with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the Beer Academy.
Beer is made from water, malt, hops and yeast. It's also made from magnitude, significance, and consequence. Of all alcoholic drinks beer has arguably had the most impact on human culture and history...
Britain is a currently divided nation. If only there was something to unite us. There is - beer, the national drink, and the best place to drink it, the pub. In Britain we come together at the pub regardless of our background and status.
Brewing and cider making is an art, a craft and an expression of the mystical properties of yeast. Fermented drinks have an extraordinary array of aromas and flavours and the vessel in which they are consumed can amplify or diminish them.
If only there was a magical balm to soothe the fractious and febrile atmosphere of the Referendum. There is and it's called beer - Britain's national tipple. How fortuitous then that Beer Day Britain, national beer day, happens on June 15th. This means that the Brexiteers and the Remains can sit down together, in a pub, and have a jolly time united by their love of the world's favourite alcoholic drink - beer.
Beer has several properties that make it a perfect libation with food - water, carbon dioxide, hops and, quite often, bitterness (although not all beers are bitter), myriad flavours, diversity in body, texture, mouthfeel - all of which are very useful in cutting, contrasting, or complementing what we eat.
Bitter is a term often used as a pejorative. People can be described as bitter and twisted, an unpleasant task leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, something disagreeable can be a bitter pill to swallow. Well it's time to banish the negative connotations of the word 'bitter'.
No other libation has the versatility of beer. There is a beer in every taste - sweet, bitter, sour, umami and there are even salty beers (a German style called Gose). And where do I begin with the flavours and aromas in beer?
Could it be true that humans are hard-wired to seek mind altering substances such as caffeine, tobacco, psychedelic drugs, and alcohol? Alcohol is and was the most easily available intoxicant and historically different cultures throughout the world started drinking independently with no knowledge of the others.
London is a superstar amongst cities and that is why I am running a competition to find a song and flag for London. Whichever song or flag wins the competition will be sent to the London Assembly with a petition and a plea for them to be adopted as the official motifs of London.
It's official - Britain is brilliant! And long may looking at life through rose-coloured spectacles last. Our spectacular summer of sport and celebration may be over, but no need to feel bereft because Britain not only excels in elite cycling and rowing, it rules the world with prowess in a number of bonkers sports.
Wine drinkers of the world I have a challenge for you. Nominate wines that match every course of every meal of the day. It's not easy - especially finding wine for a fry-up or rice pudding. Forgive me for being smug, but with beer it's a doddle.
We don't need an excuse for a drink in Britain but if we did, Jubilee Weekend would be it. Party fever is building. Have you decided yet what or where you will be drinking? If not, may I offer my suggestions for patriotic libations to celebrate this historic time?
I recently entered paradise in Grantham and paradise resembles a brew house. For years I have been dreaming about brewing a beer with a professional brewer, and that fantasy has now come true courtesy of a brewery in the Lincolnshire market town.
If Eddie & Joe Grundy from <em>The Archers</em> are reading this - I have a few friends who long to join your cider club. It's true that five years ago they would have thought cider was something that only characters in Thomas Hardy novels and school kids in bus shelters consumed, but today cider is back big time.
Mr Lansley how about allocating some of the health budget to the installation of karaoke booths in every community hall in the land. Just think of all the money that could be saved overall when the feel-good factor of singing translates into a healthier population. After all as the saying goes 'He who sings frightens away all his ills'.
It's a golden age for brewing with more than 840 breweries beavering away to produce our national drink. But my elation was slightly muted when I worked out how many of those breweries had female brewers. Less than 2%.
06/01/2012 22:02 GMT
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