Please introduce yourself.

My name is Julie and I’m from Denmark. I’m 39 years old and up until now I’ve been a graphic designer in the newspaper industry. I was made redundant last year and wanted to do something different with my life.

Please tell us why you enrolled on the course and your ambitions after it.

I’ve always been very fond of beer and very interested in it. More recently I’ve also been looking into hops and their different profiles and how they can make beer citrusy or tropical. I feel like it’s become one of my main interests and therefore when I was made redundant, I was thinking maybe I should take this further. I also wanted to do something more physical instead of sitting in front of a screen at work the whole day.

Please tell us about your experience on the course, did you feel welcome and which parts of the training have been most beneficial and enjoyable.

I certainly felt welcome at Brewlab. I think everyone has been nice and taken an interest in us from the start. It was obviously a bit difficult coming away from home and study again so it’s been really nice that people have been so welcoming and kind to us.

Every aspect of the course was interesting and enjoyable. I thought I wouldn’t like the lab part of it, but it turned out to be one of my favourite parts of studying!

The course has a strong practical focus, both with brewing and quality control. Please tell us how that’s benefited you.

I would say it’s been a key thing for me because when you’re sitting and reading up on things it can sometimes be hard to remember everything. Being able to put it into context was ideal. In a brewery, for example, and talking to the brewer, that makes me realise how everything fits together and what’s happening at the different stages. It really makes things stick much better when you’re seeing them in in practice.

Has there been a course highlight?

Oh, there’s been too many highlights to pick one. The social aspects are nice, and the field trips are really special – I’ve enjoyed them a lot. Outside of the classroom, just getting to see the north of England together with the other students and the tutors has been great.

Please tell us about the recipes that you’ve created at Brewlab.

I started with a Kölsch German style beer, then brewed a Brut IPA with champagne yeast, followed by a hazy New England IPA and a Key Lime Gose with dried and fresh lime peel, salt and coriander seeds. I then brewed a Berliner Weisse with pineapple. Lastly I made a Wit Bier with fresh and dried orange peel and coriander seeds. It’s been really fun trying to brew your own beer.

Are you confident to take your next steps in your brewing career?

Absolutely. I’ve really gotten a lot of under my belt here and I’m just looking forward to going back and putting everything into practise. It’s going to be really, really interesting and cool. I’m looking forward to it!

Would you recommend roulette?

Absolutely. 10 out of 10.

If people have any doubts about doing it, just go for it. You won’t regret it.

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