List of Tutors


Alex Barlow

Alex’s passion for beer started with his first job, cellar-man at his local pub. He’s an IBD qualified Master Brewer with 30 years International experience, founder and head brewer at Sentinel Brewing Co., Sheffield. A beer and brewing consultant, presenter and author of the award winning ALL BEER Guide, as well as Director of Training at the Beer & Cider Academy.


Day Harvey

Qualified Trainer and Consultant to the Licensed Hospitality Trade with over 20 years combined industry experience in sales, pub operations and education. Day is a qualified Beer Sommelier, Cask Marque Assessor and trainer who loves all beer... as long as it is perfect!



Gabe Cook

My name is Gabe and I am The Ciderologist. I have a passion for cider and perry which has enabled me to work across the cider industry for the last decade, here in the UK and in New Zealand.  I've worked for all sizes and types of cider maker, from a traditional farmhouse producer, all the way up to the world's largest. Along the way I've made cider, developed cider, advocated cider and judged at National and International cider competitions across 3 continents.  I've even presented a bottle of cider to the Queen. You could say I know my apples.  

I am a writer, broadcaster and educator on all matters cider. I take great enjoyment from educating people on the breadth and quality of cider produced in the UK and around the world and how they are made.
It is my mission to celebrate the heritage and culture of our cider making whilst demonstrating how this wonderful drink has greater importance today than ever before.


Ian Swanson

Ian is a Master Brewer. After leaving Oxford with a degree in Chemistry, and a Masters degree in Brewing Science from Birmingham, he is now in his 5th decade in the brewing industry. He has covered most areas in production, project brewing and quality assurance in small and large breweries. His work has taken him to Leeds, Burton and Romford with Allied Breweries; Mortlake with Watneys; Diageo at Park Royal and Africa; and Youngs in Wandsworth. He was the sole brewer for the Orange Brewery brewpub in Pimlico for several months (long before “Craft Brewing” was so recognised). Training and Project work has taken him to Zimbabwe, India, the United States, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, and recently to Ethiopia. He now works mainly for the Beer Academy and CaskMarque.


Jayne Hewitt

After over 25 years’ experience working in brewing I have hands experience of working for a large multi-national brewer as well as for smaller craft brewers. I currently work as Quality manager for Ossett Brewery in West Yorkshire with responsibility for beer quality and compliance at Ossett, it’s brewpubs and for brewery Health and Safety. It all started in the laboratories of Everards in Leicester straight from a HND in Applied Biology. A chance encounter led me to Leeds where I spent the next 17 years at the Tetley’s brewery further expanding my Quality knowledge and training others. I latterly moved into production as a Technical Brewer and completed my Master Brewer qualification. After leaving Tetley’s I spent a few years self employed as a consultant and undertaking audit work and delivering Foundation training for the Beer Academy. I have recently been appointed as an IBD Examiner and look forward to seeing the next generation of brewers enjoy success in their exams.


Mark Tetlow

After graduating from Heriot Watt Brewing school I have worked for a number of regional brewers namely Sam Smiths, Marston and latterly at Everards where I was the Quality Assurance Manager responsible for the quality of their products from raw materials through to final beer dispense.

Over the last 10 years I have run numerous Meet the Brewer events in pubs and venues across the country, speaking to over 8000 customers sharing my passion for beer, brewing and beer food matchings.

In 2016 I successfully gained the Beer Academy’s Beer Sommelier award becoming the first Beer Sommelier in Leicestershire. I now train on behalf of the Beer Academy and run customer beer classes across the UK. I have also written articles for the press and spoken on the radio about beer and beer and food matchings



Nigel Sadler

My interest in beer and brewing started in the early '80's when I joined CAMRA to hunt down beer festivals and search out new brews. In 1985, I was a commodity trader but I went on one of the first micro brewing courses to be run by Keith Thomas at Brew Lab. I stayed in The City until 2008 before leaving and embarking on my "second" career; brewing.

I gained Institute of Brewing qualifications in malting, brewing, packaging and distilling. I have brewed award winning beers and set up Learn2brew Ltd as a training provider in 2011

I studied with the Beer Academy during 2011 and became the UK’s first accredited Beer Sommelier of the Year in 2012.

A couple of years later in 2014 I became an Accredited Trainer for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. In 2015 I left the brewing side of things to move over to a purely tutor/consultant role. 


List of Staff


Dr Jerry Avis

CEO of the ibd and Beer & CIder Academy



Natalie Michel

training manager of the ibd and Beer & Cider Academy



Shane McNamara

Senior Technical Officer of the IBD and Beer & CIder Academy



Holly Robertson

Administrator for the IBD and Beer & CIder Academy