Raising a glass: 10 women in beer

Cheryl Ford

Ginger-cockneyRole: Brewer and director at Quantock Brewery, Somerset, UK

Quantock Brewery was set up in December 2007 to brew quality real ales in cask and bottles using traditional craft brewing techniques. All the raw materials are sourced locally, wherever possible, and the resulting beers are distributed to pubs and shops mainly in the South West, but also throughout the UK via wholesalers and national distributors.

Beers include its flagship 3.8% Quantock ale and 6% Quantock Stag, a strong ale. Seasonal brews include the Rocking Robin, a 3.9% Christmas ale and the Ginger Cockney, a 4% copper ale with hints of fresh ginger, which is said to be Ford’s favourite brew.

Last year Quantock Brewery scooped the Overall Champion prize at the Society of Independent Brewers’ 2014 south west regional beer competition for its Wills Neck 4.2% ABV golden ale. It follows victories for the beer at SIBA’s national beer competition earlier this year and in 2013.

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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