Tori Thomson

Certificate Graduate

Please tell us about your background.

I studied International Business at Edinburgh University which allowed me to spend my third year abroad in Leuven, Belgium. It was in Leuven that I learnt to drink beer, mostly due to the cost but also living above a brewpub helped. After University I went travelling to Australia for a couple of years before returning back to Edinburgh to try to figure out what I would like to do.

It was actually my Dad who casually suggested that I should become a brewer (something I had never thought of doing as a career) after reading about a brewery opening up in Glasgow with a female brewer.

Why did you choose to study with Brewlab?

I looked up brewing courses and decided on the Certificate course at Brewlab. One of the main advantages for me was the length of the course as I thought it would be perfect to be able to provide me with an insight into what it would be like to be a brewer. I did not expect the amount of information and knowledge that would be given to us during the course, it was fantastic.

What aspects of the course did you find most useful?

As I have never done any home brewing before my course, I really enjoyed the practical days of brewing and going out on placements, as they helped me to understand and to apply the knowledge learnt in the classroom.

What have you done since the course?

I got offered the brewing job at Darwin Brewery on the last day of my course and have been enjoying brewing for Darwin for the last 4 years.

Would you recommend Brewlab?

Yes definitely, the experience of the tutors along with the practical experience sessions really make the course worthwhile.

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