In the agency, I’m not well known for my love of beer, a fact my colleagues quickly discovered when on my first day I was taken to the Waterloo Tap and forced to admit I would much rather have a gin and tonic than a pint of unfiltered, hoppy cask ale, writes Chloe Walden
However, nearly a year in to my journey into the beer world, I think that dislike really stemmed from a lack of knowledge and exposure to a world full of interesting and unique flavours and more choice than you can possible imagine. So, when I was given the opportunity to attend The Beer Academy’s Foundation Course this month, I jumped at the chance.
The course’s objectives are to teach you how beer is made, give you an understanding into its ingredients and how they impact on flavour, give you the chance to sample a range of beer styles and even try pairing them with different foods. What’s more, you are then given City & Guilds accreditation at Level 1 of the National Qualifications Framework – that’s right, I am now officially qualified in beer. All this is with the aim to give you the skills to communicate more knowledgeably about beer and enhance your professional status in the sector.
It really was a fantastic day, and one I left with a greater knowledge of the complex process that goes into making beer taste great, and how the smallest adjustment can completely change a beer’s flavour profile. I was also able to discover varieties of beer I would have never previously tried, such as fruity beers and darker stouts with chocolatey notes, as well as igniting a new interest in food and drink pairing – one I plan to build on.
Overall, it was an incredibly interesting and informative day and I look forward to transferring my new-found skills and knowledge into my day-to-day role.
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