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All enquiries:

Email – brewer@southbourneales.co.uk

Telephone – 07845795464

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 About the brewer

Jennifer Tingay, Brewer at Southbourne Ales
Jennifer Tingay, Brewer at Southbourne Ales

After 8 years in the drinks industry working in pubs and off-licenses in East Anglia Jennifer Tingay’s ultimate job came up in the local paper in Bournemouth : Maternity cover at a local regional brewery working in the laboratory. Having recently learned databases and spreadsheet applications on the computer at night school Jennifer excelled in her new role and rapidly took over document control and quality assurance for the brewery as well as analysing the beer. Her position would have stagnated there had she not been invited to The Institute in Brewing and Distilling dinner in Burton on Trent by one of the companies chemical suppliers, Marilyn Seedhouse, a respected brewery microbiologist and now chairman of the Great Northern Section of the Institute in Brewing and Distilling. At this dinner Jennifer was invited to sit the Diploma in Brewing and working late at night and weekends over the next two years Jennifer passed her exams having learned about raw materials, brewing processes, yeast biochemistry and brewing engineering.

Two years ago Jennifer started to look for a brewing job for herself and when an offer was made requiring relocation she realised that despite the excellent package being offered she actually didn’t want to leave her home town.  “Since returning to Bournemouth I have made the most of living on the coast and having a three year old daughter, I realise the importance of having friends and family nearby.”  The only option left was to open a brewery of her own. By taking on contract work at a micro brewery in Lyme Regis Jennifer has been able to gain the important hands on experience that she lacked and also start brewing her own brands in their spare capacity.

Jennifer now has eight beers that she produces in cask and bottle, they are marketed using label and pump clip designs take inspiration from the 1920’s British Rail Postcards of holiday destinations and adding unique ornithological characters all designed by herself.

Over the last year her brand Southbourne Ales has received two awards:

  • The Dorset Magazines readers voted Southbourne Ales Dorset’s best new business in their “Food Drink and Farming Awards 2014”.
  • Stroller, oatmeal stout received a Silver Medal in its class at the International Brewing Awards-since 1886, entries were from 60 countries and judged by brewers from 16 countries. Awards are presented at the Guildhall in London on 29th April 2015.

Jennifer’s next milestone is raising the capital investment through loans including crowd funding to coincide with collecting the Silver Medal.  Jennifer can then brew Southbourne Ales in Bournemouth at a new brewery with a brewery tap and visitors centre. In the future she aims to give educational seminars and operate brewery tours for local and visiting beer aficionados.  The new brewery will employ several staff and plans to take on an apprentice every two years. “Continued learning has enabled me to make the most of opportunities in my life, I want to be able to help others realise their potential whilst doing what I love; making and selling great quality beer.”

 


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