Award-winning brewer and entrepreneur Jennifer Tingay is on course to open her own brewery
After eight years in the drinks industry working in pubs and off-licences Jennifer Tingay’s dream job came up – 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. She was invited to The Institute in Brewing and Distilling dinner in Burton-on-Trent by one of the company’s chemical suppliers, Marilyn Seedhouse, a respected brewery microbiologist and now chairman of the Great Northern Section of the Institute in Brewing and Distilling.
The dinner had over 400 brewing professionals but only 10 were female. The same dinner ten years on has almost as many women as men, and although many are marketing and sales staff, a growing percentage are brewers and production managers. At this dinner Jennifer was invited to sit the Diploma in Brewing. 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, which she did not want, she realised the only option 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.
Jennifer’s future plan include raising the capital to brew Southbourne Ales in Bournemouth at a new brewery with a brewery tap and visitors’ centre.