Whoever spread the idea that wine is the best match for food has never tried to make a wine ice-cream float. Jane does a version with beer
London's only female accredited Beer Sommelier, Jane Peyton, is campaigning to change people's perception of beer and the notion that wine is the ultimate match for food. Jane is laying down a challenge for any Wine Sommeliers who want to accept it to co-host a wine, beer and food matching dinner where diners will decide what they prefer with each course - the beer or the wine. Will wine or beer win the Battle of the Bottle?
Whoever spread the idea that wine is the best match for food has never tried to make a wine ice-cream float. Jane does a version with beer - place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass of Imperial Stout and sprinkle cocoa on it - Jane calls it a beer-puccino and it rules!
Jane enjoys subverting people's ideas of beer being something that only goes with pork scratchings and a drunken kebab on the way home from the pub. She can match beer with any item on a menu, from a full English breakfast to crème brûlée and everything in between, plus food from all international cuisines.
Jane says "Beer is Britain's national drink and brewers here make some of the best beer in the world - full flavoured, aromatic complex brews that complement food beautifully. Serve the beer in a 250 ml crystal wine glass during a meal and suddenly beer is as elegant as its grapey counterpart and much more versatile than wine as a match for food."
Caramel, vanilla, coffee, honey, spice, citrus, herbs, licorice, banana, chicory, marmalade, smoke, marzipan, chocolate are just a few aromas and flavours found in beer. And beer has a secret weapon - hops. Hops give a flavour backbone, degrees of bitterness, and balance the sweetness of the malted cereal. Hops can act as knives and cut through fat or heavy sauces in food, or they can gently support delicately textured and flavoured food.
What do Wine Sommeliers have in their arsenal for the Battle of the Bottle and who will take the challenge? The gauntlet has been thrown down - let the battle commence!
Notes to Editors
Jane Peyton is London's first and currently, only, accredited female beer sommelier. Jane is founder and Principal of the School of Booze, a corporate events company. Her Beer Sommelier accreditation came from the Beer Academy. She also trained through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
Jane is also the author of several non-fiction books including her latest, Brilliant Britain - a celebration of the unusual traditions that make Britain unique.
Contact Details for Jane Peyton
Phone: 07729 601 590
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