GILES SHELDRICK | ExpressUK
As jobs go, this could be the best in the world. Which is why lucky Jane Peyton will be the envy of millions of men.
The professional beer taster is paid £200 ($350 CDD) a day to drink in pubs across Britain in a commitment to searching out the perfect pint.
The remuneration for her thirst-quenching “consultancy” works out at the equivalent of £52,000 a year – twice the national average wage.
Jane said: “The beer world is often seen as rather blokey and I have had people saying, ‘What do you know about beer – you’re a woman’.
"But I have proved I know what I am talking about.
“Beer is for both genders and I want to encourage more women to discover it because it’s such a convivial drink – and with so many amazing styles of beer, it’s great fun to explore.
“Wine isn’t just for women just as beer isn’t just for men.”
Fortunately for Jane, 43, from Fulham, west London, her new job means she will not have to call time on her current career.
She runs a beer-tasting event company called School of Booze and is the author of the imbiber’s bible Beer O’Clock.
Jane is also an industry recognised ale aficionado, having been voted Britain’s Beer Sommelier of the Year, an honour bestowed by the British Institute of Innkeeping.
Her latest role comes courtesy of pub company Taylor Walker, which started a nationwide hunt for beer lovers with an experienced palate and a willingness to try a variety of new ales.
When Jane got in touch, the company knew it had found the perfect match.
Jane will now undertake a number of cross-country ale trails, visiting 120 pubs and reviewing their beers.
She is expected to travel for ale tastings – though a company car is not supplied – with long night shifts being the only downside to her job.
Helen McDermott, of Taylor Walker, said: “Is this the best job in the world? Probably.”
Jane is also the driving forced behind next year’s Beer Day Britain on June 15, arranged to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta being signed.
Back in medieval times, a standard measure of beer was a London Quarter – the equivalent of two pints.
Above all, she promises to fly the flag for an industry that has historically come under attack from heavy taxation