The Global Beer Competition: Meet the judges

Rebecca Pate, Mason & Company

Rebecca Pate is a beer loving Canadian based in east London who, by day, works as the marketing and events coordinator at Mason & Company, a craft beer bar in Hackney Wick. By night, she blogs over on and is currently studying to become a Beer Sommelier.

When did you first get into beer? 

When I moved to east London in 2013 – I just couldn’t escape it!

Which brew sparked your love of beer?

I always credit Magic Rock’s Salty Kiss for sparking my interest in craft beer.

What would you be as a beer?

Probably something easy-going but slightly tart. Maybe a Berliner weisse.

What is your favourite hop variety and why?

I don’t have a whimsical enough answer for this. I personally lean towards lovely antipodean hops, so something new and fruity (likely an experimental hop). Nothing too grassy, please.

Who is your inspiration in the beer world?

There are so many knowledgable women in the beer industry who always inspire me to speak up and be heard, from Melissa Cole to the women who have inspired me to pursue my sommelier training (hi Francesca Slattery and Natalya Fern!). I also work with a very passionate and clever group of women at Mason & Company too.

Where are you happiest?

Drinking around Hackney Wick, where we have the choice between Beer Merchants Tap, Mason & Company and Howling Hops.

What is your greatest vice?

I suffer from FOMO, meaning that I often feel guilty for sitting an event out. But we all need some nights off.

What are the best and worst things about the beer industry?

The best thing is the passionate people in the industry. The worst is beer festival season, where you can find yourself drinking for two weeks straight (always responsibly, of course).

What is your proudest achievement in beer?

It will (hopefully) be when I pass my sommelier exam in October. Wish me luck.

What is your ultimate beer and food pairing?

I love experimenting, but there is nothing better than pairing cheese and beer.

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

I career changed from a job in the City into beer, so I’m already living the dream of what I’d be doing – this!

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Twitter: @rpate 

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