Fermentation Bitesize – 3 October 2019 – Toucans & Widgets

From the original lease to the distinctive advertising, and from the earliest recipes to the invention of the widget, Guinness is a brewery with a rich 260 year history.

Take a step inside the Guinness Archive alongside archivist Fergus Brady, and discover some of the secrets that bring this unique beer alive.

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With many thanks to Guinness for their time and hospitality.

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 19 September 2019 – Both Barrels

Beer and whisk(e)y: great drinking buddies and close relatives in the family tree of booze.

But what’s the relationship between them? What do they share and how do they differ? Where do barrels and wood fit in? And what can we learn about beer from its spiritual cousin?

Available to download and listen via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.

Feat. Dougal Sharp (Innis & Gunn), Sean Burke (Porterhouse Brew Co), Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery) and resident beer sommelier, Jane Peyton.

Fermentation Bitesize: Jereme Zimmerman – The Red-Headed Yeti

Jereme Zimmerman – avid fermenter and self-described ‘peace-loving, green-living Appalachian Yeti Viking’ shares a beer with Emma.

The birth of civilisation, prohibition, sustainability, Norse mythology and the importance of stories to our enjoyment of beer all feature in this wide-ranging discussion. And if you’ve ever considered brewing Chicha de Muko at home, listen up!

Jereme’s book, ‘Brew Beer Like a Yeti’ is published by Chelsea Green Publishing.

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 8 August 2019 – Liquorice, Saffron, Blueberry & Hibiscus

We all know that beer can contain so much more than just water, malt, hops & yeast – and there is always something new to try.

Emma highlights four breweries – two from the UK and two from further afield – that are doing interesting things with ingredients that fall slightly outside the norm.


  • Liquid Light Brewing Company (Nottingham, UK)
  • Gara Guzu (Turkey)
  • Jake’s Saffron Beer (Kent, UK)
  • Lowlander (Netherlands)
  • and resident beer sommelier, Jane Peyton.

Fermentation Beer & Brewing Radio – 25 July 2019 – Please can I see the beer list?

Inside the beer industry we’ve been talking for years about how well beer goes with food, and how it can work even better alongside food than wine.

Are people outside the beer industry beginning to listen?

Featuring insights from:

  • Garrett Oliver (Brewmaster, Brooklyn Brewery)
  • Melissa Cole (Beer Writer)
  • Ian Colgan (Beer & Food Specialist, Guinness Brewery)
  • and, of course, resident beer sommelier, Jane Peyton

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!