Top female brewers in the UK

Jaega Wise, head brewer, Wild Card Brewery

Nottingham-born Wise started out in chemical engineering, before using her knowledge to brew beer. Having worked as a process technician for General Electric’s water division, she moved down to London to take up a role in international chemical import and trading.

She left in 2012 to set-up Wild Card, which after two years of acting as a “cuckoo brewery” and sharing other brewers’ equipment, acquired its own site in Walthamstow in 2014.

Wise’s talents don’t stop there. Having recently tried her hand at television presenting, she most recently co-hosted the Channel 5 series The Wine Show, alongside Jancis Robinson MW, Joe Fattorini, Amelia Singer, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, Matthew Rhys and Stéphane Reynaud.

Wise is also a musician with the band Hell & Hope. She is prominent campaigner against sexism in the beer industry and heads up the London chapter of the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. She was appointed director of The Society of Independent Brewers’ South East region in January 2018.

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