Jane Peyton is a multi-talented individual whose knowledge of alcoholic drinks both past and present makes her a modern-day expert in alcoholic beverages. She is the founder of The School of Booze; a corporate business training and team building company that can provide tasting sessions of beer, wine and cider.
She has recently become the first accredited Pommelier (Cider Sommelier) in the UK. To be accredited this title, the course requires that you pass several exams, have the ability to blind taste Ciders and Perry and distinguish between all the different styles. You must also have honed your skills to detect the Cider and Perry production faults. The course was devised by Gabe Cook - The Ciderologist, and is a three-tiered learning process. All three stages must be completed successfully to reach Pommelier status. The course is run by the Beer and Cider Academy.
The reason that this is important to the cider industry as it shows that women are at the forefront of the industry bringing cider into the modern era. Changing the perception that cider is only drunk in a pub, where it can be matched with food and considered in the same regards as wine.
At Pub19 Jane figured prominently in talks and discussions and she specifically mentioned Celtic Marches Cider in her talk titled “Cider, the Most Misunderstood Drink at the Bar?” which she gave on the first day.
On the second day, we were delighted to have Cuckoo Penny Rhubarb Cider and Ruby Tuesday Raspberry Cider on the tasting table in the centre of the show being enjoyed and tasted by hopefully new converts.
Our finale was to be interviewed by Emma Inch British Beer Writer of the Year for Pubcast19.