Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 11 July 2019 – The value of cask ale

In this world of unparalled choice, where kegs, bottles and cans of all styles constantly cry out for our attention, what’s the value of cask ale?

Emma hosts a panel discussion about the value of the pint in your glass – not just the price, but the history, the provenance and the meaning of cask ale.


  • Gary Sillence (Head Brewer, Brighton Bier)
  • Mark Hazell (Publican & co-owner of The Evening Star, Brighton)
  • James Hayward (Brewer, Iron Pier Brewery, Gravesend)
  • Jane Peyton (drinks writer & educator)

Fermentation Bitesize: Lily Waite – Queer Brewing Project

Beer: it’s powerful stuff. In fact, all evidence points to it being one of the main reasons behind civilisation as we know it.

So why shouldn’t it change the world?

In this bitesize edition of Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio, Emma speaks to artist, beer writer, queer activist and founder of the Queer Brewing Project, a collaborative beer project aiming to raise the profile of LGBTQ people in the brewing & hospitality industries.

[Recorded live at Cambridge Beer Festival]

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 13 June 2019 – Love beer, will travel

From your local brewery tap room to a UK beer city, from closer to home to further afield, more people are planning their holiday based on the beer and beer experiences on offer. And, on this episode, Emma investigates beer tourism.

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 30 May 2019 – Cheers to beer!

Britain: a land of damp Sundays, conkers on strings, cooked breakfasts, unnecessary apologies, and wonderful, wonderful beer.

In this episode we delve into the exciting world of contemporary British beer and look ahead to Beer Day Britain – Britain’s national beer day – which is coming up on Saturday 15 June.


Many thanks to Marston’s for inviting me to Burton-on-Trent.

Cheers to beer!

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – Barcelona Revisited

The Catalan beer scene is an exciting place.

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When Emma went over to host a live podcast at Barcelona Beer Festival back in March, she made it her business to explore the rest of the city. And she ended up meeting many of the people who make the scene such an amazing place.

Plus, she brought some pretty special beers home…


  • Robin Barden – head brewer at Edge Brewing
  • Aran Leon – co-founder & head brewer at La Pirata Brewery
  • Francesco Stella – head brewer at Almogaver Brewery
  • Josh Wheeler – brewer & co-owner at Cyclic Beer Farm
  • Jordi Sanchez Puig – founder of Lupilina hop growers
  • Shane Main & Graham Wylie – Wylie Brewery
  • and resident beer sommelier, Jane Peyton.


Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – Do you remember your first?

We all have a first. That special one, the legendary one. The one that first awoke your taste buds.

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Maybe it was supping the foam off a pint of your dad’s homebrew. Maybe it was a taste of your grandmother’s glass of stout in the village pub. Maybe it was a cold can of something thrust into your hand as you watched the football. 

Join Emma (and resident beer sommelier, Jane Peyton) for a fascinating tour of Greene King – the 220 year old brewery that first drew her into the wonderful world of beer.

Many thanks to all at Greene King for their hospitality throughout the making of this episode.

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 18 April 2019 – Goose Island, Two Tribes, Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes & Thornbridge

On this episode, Emma links up with four breweries – from the UK, mainland Europe and the USA – who are shaping the contemporary beer scene in their own unique ways.

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Many thanks to Thornbridge and Carlsberg for providing some of the beer tasted during today’s episode.

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 4 April 2019 – LIVE at Barcelona Beer Festival

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio goes LIVE at the 2019 Barcelona Beer Festival!

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In this extra-special episode we celebrate pan-European collaboration, and the wonder of our international beer scene, through a discussion recorded live in front of an audience at one of best beer festivals in the world.

Some of the key players in the thriving Barcelona beer scene talk to Emma about beer, brewing and the strong connections between the UK and Catalan scenes.

Emma’s guests are:

Fermentation Bitesize – Justin Hawke (Moor Beer) & The Citizens of Everywhere

Today’s episode is the very first Fermentation Bitesize – occasional single-guest specials featuring the best of the contemporary beer scene. 

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Collaboration is the theme of the discussion and today’s guest has pulled together a truly monumental collaboration between 12 brewers from all parts of the UK and 12 brewers from right across Europe. The project is called ‘Citizens of Everywhere’ and the person behind it is Justin Hawke, founder and head brewer at Moor Beer

The full list of breweries involved in the project, and the European Union achievement they will be following is:

Check out the Citizens of Everywhere website, Thirsty (Cambridge) and Beer52 for details of how to get hold of the beers.

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 7 March 2019 – International Women’s Day

The month of March is Women’s History Month and Friday 8 March is International Women’s Day – a time to reflect on the great progress made in terms of women’s rights, and also to redouble our efforts in the fight for change, the fight to achieve equal rights for all women and girls across the world.

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In this episode we mark International Women’s Day by doing just that – and by talking to and celebrating some of the wonderful women who are working hard right across the contemporary beer scene.