Top female brewers in the UK

Sophie de Ronde, head brewer, Burnt Mill

De Ronde began working in beer after a studying for a degree in equine science. After falling for the industry when working at real ale pub The Hoop in Essex, she became head brewer at Brentwood Brewing Company, a position she held for over seven years.

In 2014, she moved to join malt supplier Muntons, working as a brewing technician and focusing on new product development. Around this time, she discovered that she was gluten intolerant, not exactly an easy condition for a brewer to manage. This didn’t hold her back, however, and she joined Burnt Mill in Suffolk in 2017. Overseeing day-to-day brewery and cellar operations, she also helps with new product development, specifically the use of unusual hop varieties and the use of multiple yeast strains.

While she’s unable to taste most of what is produced, de Ronde has developed a naturally gluten-free beer that she is able to sample. She is the founder of International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, an initiative where women are invited to take part in collaborative brews on International Women’s Day (8 March).

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