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We've got a new Project Brewer in our team!

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We’ve recently got a new addition to our team…

Jayne Goater has joined the Butcombe Brewing team as Project Brewer.

We thought we’d catch up with her and find a little more about the latest addition to our team…


So Jayne, tell us a little about yourself…

I am 24 and the youngest of 6 children. I grew up in the South West, but moved to the Midlands to go to University in Nottingham when I was 18. I studied Biochemistry and Genetics for 3 years before deciding to test drive a new MSc course the University were offering in Brewing Science and Practice.

At the end of my MSc, I did a Summer Project at Molson Coors Burton Brewery before taking up a position in their Research and Development Pilot Plant, also in Burton on Trent. I worked on product and brewing process development and got to hone my brewing skills, before deciding I fancied a change and moved down to Somerset with my Fiance and our 2 cats to take up a new job at Butcombe!

My role as Project Brewer at Butcombe will see me focussing on what we can do to perfect our craft in the Brewery to ensure that we continue to make great beer.


How did you get into brewing?

I started out studying Biochemistry and I worked a lot with yeast in my final year. A long time love of beer and a developed interest in yeast led me on to a Masters in brewing science, and the rest is history!

Has it always been beer for you?

I grew up in the South West so I’m also a lover of cider, but beer will always be No.1 for me. I feel so fortunate that I can earn a living making something I feel so passionate about.

What do you think you bring to table that makes you stand out?

My technical background and relentless energy and enthusiasm! I love solving problems so I thrive on days when things aren’t going to plan.

Is it a man’s world or is there plenty of room for women and female recognition in the world of brewing?

There are so many great women making names for themselves in the brewing world. Brewing was traditionally a job for women, so it’s definitely not just for the boys!

Who do you admire?

My parents. They have 6 children between them and have worked hard all their lives. They have instilled a strong work ethic in me and I will always be grateful for that.

What beer do you wish you’d created the recipe for?

In terms of Butcombe beers it would have to be Goram – it’s one of the most well-balanced IPAs I’ve ever come across. From elsewhere it would be Dark Drake from Dancing Duck Brewery in Derby. It’s creamy, delicious and drinkable and a great example of an oatmeal stout.

What made you decide to come and work with us?

I was ready for a change from ‘big beer’, but not for the quiet life! There is a lot going on at Butcombe right now and it’s a very exciting time to join the business. The beer is great, Somerset is beautiful and once I met the team I knew I had to work here!

What’s next on the ‘Jayne Goater to do list’?

I would love to see a beer that I have created and brewed on the bar.

What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Probably finishing my Biochemistry degree. It was hard going at the end, but the sense of accomplishment when I graduated was immense.

Tell us something about you that no-one knows

I’m an open book so this one is tricky… I honestly can’t think of anything nobody knows about me! I don’t keep much to myself.

Tell us a joke

Why is it a bad idea to play poker with a jungle cat? Chances are it’s a cheetah!

What’s going to be big in the world of beer this year?

There’s always so much going on and turnover of trends in brewing is so fast that it’s difficult to keep up! I honestly couldn’t say what will be big, but personally I would really like to see some more diversity in lager this year. Big, hoppy IPAs have really taken off and retained popularity but I feel like there’s a lot that we as brewers could be doing to bring some creativity and imagination to lager.

What’s your favourite style of beer?

A good Bavarian wheat beer always hits the spot, but what I like to drink varies throughout the year.

Thanks Jayne, we look forward to hearing more about your projects in the coming months!




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