Practical advice for Brewers
Wild Card Brewery
Jaega is the Head Brewer of East London based micro Wild Card Brewery. Combining expertise in engineering, mathematics, logistics and a love of all things beer, she has been leading the brewing team at Wild Card since 2012.
Hailing from Nottingham City, Jaega holds a Chemical Engineering Degree and has worked in Water Treatment and International Chemical Trading. She is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and regularly brews with the ladies of the Venus Project, which aims to promote women in brewing through education & collaborative brewing.
Robert Wicks is the Founder and Head Brewer of Westerham Brewery. Founded in 2004 the brewery completed a major relocation in 2017 to a new purpose built facility in Westerham. The brewery focusses on hops from Kent having developed close relationships with West Kent growers. The new brewery has a Tap Room and Shop which is driving growth at the new site. Robert has a masters degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University and has been brewing on and off since he was 8 years old. After 16 years in investment banking in Tokyo, New York and London he escaped the shackles of the City for something more creative. Robert has served on SIBA Council for 7 years in the past, working on the membership criteria, liaison with the Treasry on duty matters and raising product quality by SIBA members.
Thames Side Brewery
Andy set up Thames Side Brewery in 2015, and he and his partner Michele still run most things themselves. Andy had a 41 year career handling US insurance claims in the City of London, but started home brewing in 1978 (he first joined CAMRA in 1976) when good beer was more difficult to come by! During his career he also lived in the USA (Philadelphia and Chicago) at around the time that the micro-breweries were starting up over there, and continued home brewing during this time. Finally Andy took the leap a few years ago and left the insurance industry to start a business doing something he had a passion for – making beer!