Beer Academy Sommelier’s Turkish Delight
Beer Academy Sommelier, Jane Peyton, has trained the staff of the newly launched Bosphorus Brewing Company in Istanbul on the merits of matching beer and food. The Bosphorus Brewing Company is Istanbul’s first brew pub and opened in November 2012. It is owned and run by Britons Phil and Jill Hall both long time Istanbul residents.
Jane trained bar staff and the chef in how to match the pub’s menu with beer, how to appreciate and identify the styles and flavours of a variety of styles of beer. She said “Pilsner lagers are by far the most popular brands in Turkey and few people have had the chance to sample different beer styles. Phil and Jill brew a whole range of beers from easy drinking blond ale to a chocolaty stout. A fantastic canvas to show people that beer doesn’t all taste the same – and start them on a voyage of discovery to find out more. ”
Head brewer Phil said “Our customers are mainly ex Pats who work in Istanbul or locals who have developed a taste for beer when they have been travelling or living overseas. They not only want to be able to buy great beers, they expect our staff to be knowledgeable about what they serve. As a Beer Academy Sommelier, Jane was able to tell the team all they needed to know – and inspire them to become beer champions themselves. It’s worked because now we regularly overhear the staff enthusiastically talking to customers about the beer production and styles.’