Mark Dorber has been at the forefront of enthusing people about beer for over twenty years. An economist by training, he left a job in the City of London to manage the White Horse at Parsons Green. Under his guidance, the White Horse established an international reputation for its portfolio of cask and bottle beers from the UK and internationally. He paid particular attention to the training and development of the staff of the White Horse and many went on to run their own pubs and microbreweries. Mark was an early advocate of beer and food matching; menus always including beer recommendation for each dish. Under his leadership the White Horse was regularly featured in the media and won numerous awards. Mark was a founder Director of the Beer Academy. In 2006, Mark and his wife Sophie moved to the Anchor at Walberswick in Suffolk where they have continued matching great beers with excellent food served by highly trained staff.
Simon entered the Brewing Industry as a Production Graduate Trainee with Grand Metropolitans Brewing Division. In 1991 he moved into commercial roles firstly as an On Trade Business Unit Director and then latterly after the acquisition of Courage by Scottish and Newcastle, as Regional Managing Director for the West of England and Wales. In 2003 he was appointed Production Director at Berkshire Brewery and in 2004 joined Scottish and Newcastle's UK Leadership Team as UK Manufacturing Director. He was appointed as Executive Director of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling in 2006.
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. 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.
Director of Training: Alex Barlow:
Alex was brought up in Chester and in Zambia. His 30 years' experience in brewing and passion for beer started as bar and cellarman in his local pub, before obtaining a BSc in Life Sciences and Pharmacology form the University of Liverpool. He learned his brewing skills at Bass' UK breweries, becoming the UK's youngest qualified Master Brewer, before moving roles to police beer quality in pubs and clubs across the North of England. He became the first Englishman to manage a Czech brewery, with Staropramen in Prague, and developed two new beer brands whilst gaining a taste for European styles. Returning to the UK, he was appointed Brand Manager at Coors Brewers with responsibility for Worthington's, Caffrey's, Stones and Sol. Alex regularly judges UK and International beer competitions and presents beer experience events in the UK, Europe and North America to consumer audiences, brewers and retailers. He is author of the ALL BEER Guide to beer styles and flavour which is available in English or French and was winner of four International awards including 'World's Best Beer Book, 2010 from Gourmand'. Alex has contributed to beer and food features in publications such as the Times, Imbibe and Craft Union. He is an honorary lecturer on Microbrewing at Sheffield University and is conducting flavour research projects in collaboration with the University of Nottingham.
Secretary: Mr Leonard Specterman (IBD Accountant)
Beer Academy HQ Contacts: Dan Cannas and Natalie Michel.
If you would like to make an enquiry about the Beer Academy please do not hesitate to contact Dan or Natalie.
By Phone: +44 (0)20 7499 8144
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Beer Academy's relationship with the Institute of Brewing & Distilling:
In 2007 the Beer Academy became an arm of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD), an educational charity delivering education and training to professional brewers and distillers worldwide. This arrangement has enabled the Academy to extend its reach and utilize the internationally recognized training and qualifications organization of the IBD which, in turn, is benefiting from the opportunity to interface with beer retailers and the hospitality sector as well as beer consumers and the public.