19th April 2014
Welcome to the Beer Academy

Who Is Behind It?

The Beer Academy Board:

Mark Dorber

(Bio coming soon)

Simon Jackson
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.

Nick Miller
(Bio coming soon)

Paul Nunny
Chief Executive of Cask Marque (www.cask.marque.co.uk), formed to improve the quality of cask ale and to promote its values. Contributor to a wide range of journals on the subject of cask ale quality. Former Director of Adnams & co . plc. Chartered Accountant by profession.

George Philliskirk
After completing a Ph.D on yeast research at Birmingham University's Brewing School in the mid-70's, George has spent almost all his working life in the brewing industry and before joining the Beer Academy in 2004 he was Head of the Technical Dept. for Carlsberg UK. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Brewing and a past Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the Institute of Brewing and an external examiner for the Brewing degrees at Heriot-Watt University. He lectures for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, the Beer Academy and the Scandinavian Brewing School and frequently presents beer tastings in the media, most notably on the Richard and Judy Show, Sky and various radio programmes as well as at the BBC's Good Food Show where he is introduced to the audience as 'The Beer Doctor'!

Rupert Ponsonby
Rupert is a director of R&R Teamwork, a PR and marketing company specializing in the drinks market. He has worked with a wide range of breweries as well as with The National Hop Association of England and with British maltsters. He is also a Cotswold barley and wheat farmer.

Nigel Sadler
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.

Rupert Thompson
Rupert has a background in pub management and beer marketing. He was previously Brand Director for a major brewer and a leading Regional before founding and becoming Chief Executive of Refresh Group Ltd which brewed and marketed a range of beers including Wychwood and Brakspear and was sold to Marstons plc in 2008. He currently consults and invests in the drinks market.

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: enquiries@beeracademy.co.uk

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.

IBD Media Pack!

It's now available to download. If you have any questions please contact Charlotte Redfern, credfern@wiley.com or T: +44 (0) 1243 770121.


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