Most people are familiar with ale and lager. These are two of the three branches of the family tree of beer. Less familiar
Founder of the School of Booze and Ambassador for Friends of Glass
Jane Peyton is an award-winning drinks educator, writer, broadcaster, pub expert, lyricist, drinks judge, events producer and presenter. She is the founder of the School of Booze â a drinks education and consultancy, and corporate events production company. Jane was Britain's first Beer Sommelier of the Year 2014. She is the instigator and driving force of the UKâs annual national beer day â Beer Day Britain (June 15th) for which she co-wrote âCheers to Beerâ â the anthem for beer. She was Imbibe Magazine Drinks Educator of the Year 2016 and in 2017 was awarded the title Outstanding Individual Achievement in Beer from the Beer & Cider Marketing Awards. Jane is the author of eight non-fiction books including âDrink: A Tipplerâs Miscellanyâ and âBeer oâ Clockâ.
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...
24/07/2017 14:42 BST
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.
14/06/2017 11:38 BST
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.
19/12/2016 13:42 GMT
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.
10/06/2016 15:14 BST
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.
11/12/2015 15:49 GMT
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'.
03/11/2015 11:44 GMT
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?
10/08/2015 10:41 BST
To celebrate International Women's Day 8 March, let's raise a glass of something that our female ancestors invented. Yes - women were the first brewers of beer.
05/03/2014 11:47 GMT
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.
10/12/2013 13:30 GMT
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.
01/11/2012 16:06 GMT
Use it or lose it is all too true with pubs. Each time a pub closes, another tile in the mosaic of Britain's character, community, and heritage is lost.
24/10/2012 16:29 BST
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.
14/09/2012 02:17 BST
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.
28/08/2012 21:54 BST
24/07/2012 17:23 BST
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?
01/06/2012 17:06 BST
News outlets never splash the good news about alcohol do they? Because there is good news about booze and has been for the thousands of years that humans have consumed it.
01/04/2012 23:06 BST
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.
29/02/2012 22:23 GMT
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.
19/01/2012 22:12 GMT
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