Podcast Episode 245: Jaega Wise Lowers the Barriers to Making Great Pale Ales and Mixed Culture Beers

The chemical engineer turned head brewer for London’s Wildcard Brewery is a popular TV presenter in the UK, and her accessible style backed with impeccable brewing knowledge helps her demystify complex styles like hazy pale ale and mixed culture saison.

Jamie Bogner Jul 1, 2022 - 4 min read

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Wild Card Brewery head brewer Jaega Wise loves breaking down difficult problems with no-nonsense solutions. An early career in chemical engineering gave her the understanding of brewing mechanics that she uses today to hone processes and simplify the brewery’s approach to beer making, yet she remains constantly pragmatic and encouraging.

In this episode, she joins the podcast on the occasion of the United States release of her new book, Wild Brews. Through the conversation, she discusses:

  • Growing up and attending university just down the road from Burton-on-Trent
  • The challenges of brewing 2.7% hop-forward and New England-inspired table pale ale
  • Differences in UK and US drinking culture
  • Tackling similar hop flavors and body in a non-alcoholic IPA
  • The delicate handling and food safety concerns of NA beer
  • Good haze vs. bad haze
  • Fundamental questions every brewer should ask themself
  • Co-pitching yeast in hazy beers
  • Using dried yeast
  • Making wild beer accessible
  • Working with various fruits

And more.

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