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.

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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.

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.