Raising a glass: 10 women in beer

Jenn Merrick


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Role: Head Brewer, Beavertown, London 

As head brewer at one of the fastest-growing craft brewers in London, and one which has ridden high on the craft beer wave, Merrick is perhaps one of the most trendsetting brewers included in this lineup.

Known for its hops out approach to craft beer, Beavertown in north London produces a ballsy line up of beer ranging from its 5.4% American Pale Ale and a 6.2% 8 Ball Rye IPA, to its 7.4% Black Betty IPA and Smog Rocket Smoked Porter. Its striking labelling has also meant that it has become a memorable addition to the craft beer scene.

With previous experience as assistant head brewer at Meantime, production manager at Dark Star Brewing in Sussex and a stint at York Brewery under her belt, Merrick is the keeper of its fortunes.

“My colleagues used to be tickled by the fact I was a woman, American and a lesbian working in the brewery trade,” joked Merrick previously, speaking to East London Lines.

2 Responses to “Raising a glass: 10 women in beer”

  1. Jaco Hamilton-Attwell says:

    I think you missed an important one: Frieda Dehrmann from SAB/Inbev. She was SAB’s Consumer Science and Sensory Manager, but has since moved up the ladder to a position in SABMiller UK, but I am not sure what her new title is.

  2. “it was a German nun in the early 17th century that was the first to discover that adding hops to beer radically increased its shelf life” Even ignoring “early in the 17th century” when you mean “some time in the 12th century” this is total nonsense: there is no evidence whatsoever that Hildegarde was the first person to discover this. She was the first person known to have written about it: but that’s a very different matter. And in any case, you don’t increase the shelf life of beer merely by adding hops to it: you have to boil the hops in the wort for it to work.

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