The Global Beer Competition: Meet the judges

Alex Stevenson, The Drink School 

Stevenson is founder of The Drink School, an independent, accredited London based company which offers WSET wine and spirit courses, as well as those on beer and food pairings.

He holds the WSET Diploma graduate and is certified educator as well as a Beer Academy Sommelier. Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, he has help to establish numerous bars and restaurants with a particular focus on their wine, beer, spirits and cocktail offerings.

Most recently, he was head of beer for the Draft House pub group.

When did you first get into beer?

Shouldn’t really answer that as may get me in trouble.

Which brew sparked your love of beer?

Black Sheep Riggwelter – lovely brew, full flavoured, beautifully balanced and from Yorkshire no less.

What would you be as a beer?

A Sour – a bit different and not appreciated by all.

Where are you happiest?

With my wife, enjoying a beer or glass of wine

What is your greatest vice?

Reading. It doesn’t sound like a vice but I tend to get overly immersed in what interests me.

What is your proudest achievement in beer?

Becoming a IBD beer sommelier

What is your ultimate beer and food pairing?

Wild Beer Tom Yum Gose with parkin and Wensleydale cheese (Hawes). Sweet ginger and molasses cake with crumbly sharp cheese is a perfect foil to the chilli and salt from the beer, and the aromatics create a glorious harmony.

If you weren’t working in beer, what would you be doing?

Drinking it and wishing I was.

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