Today’s guest is the incredible Jaega Wise.
Jagea is head brewer at Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow, East London, the brewery she’s been a part of since it opened in 2012.
When she’s not in the brewhouse, you can catch Jaega on the telly, as she’s a presenter on Channel 5’s The Wine Show.
She’s also been widely recognized for her work as an equality campaigner for the industry, which has seen her so eloquently address the issue of sexism in the beer industry at conferences and festivals up and down the country.
She’s a recently qualified Beer Sommelier and beer judge, too.
As if all of this doesn’t sound impressive enough, she was recently short-listed for Brewer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers for their Annual Awards and was included in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1,000 – a list of London’s most influential people in 2018.
Jaega and I talk about how her background in engineering led her to her current role as head brewer and how her passion for home brewing still fuels her creativity in the brewhouse today.
We discuss the changes that she’s called for to help bring equality to the beer industry and how Jaega is helping in her own way – by organizing the London chapter of her friend, Sophie de Ronde’s, International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day, each March.
Jaega tells me where she finds her inspiration and what she gets up to in her free time. We also talk about what drives her, when she’s at her happiest, what she loves most about being a part of the beer industry, and a whole lot more.
Here she is…
A few other things we mention:
-Jaega’s recent appointment as a director for SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers
-Jaega’s band, Hell & Hope
Image provided by Jaega Wise