Brewer, Adnams, on cheesy party music, Thailand and being on stage at Latitude

What was your first-ever job? I was a baker, then my first ‘proper’ job was a lab technician in a dairy.

What’s been your worst job interview? I once had an interviewer who was more nervous than me and obviously desperate to recruit! I felt embarrassed for him. 

What was the first music single you bought? I think the first cassette I bought was some party mix, featuring some very cheesy party music! 

How do you describe your job to your mates? I make and taste beer. The conversation just flows from there. It usually starts with “wow, do you drink beer all day?”

What is the most rewarding part of your job? I love the beer industry - it’s full of great people doing great things. 

What is the least rewarding part? Food safety paperwork - dull! 

What is your motto in life? Make the most of what you have, embrace and enjoy it.

If you were allowed one dream perk, what would it be? To stay in Thailand each winter, doing quality control on Chang Beer and Thai curry. I’ll run that by Jonathan Adnams next week and see what he thinks. 

Do you have any phobias? Spiders - the big hairy ones especially. 

If you could change one thing in grocery, what would it be? I’d like to see more supermarkets supporting local produce. 

What luxury would you have on a desert island? Music and cold beer, am I allowed two? A pair of running shoes might be nice too. 

What animal most reflects your personality? A dog. I have lots of energy, am food orientated, always want to play, but if I do too much walking and playing, I’ll need a sleep!

What’s your favourite film and why? Billy Elliot. I just love the music and dance, alongside the depiction of the miners’ strike and the hard times.

What has been the most embarrassing moment in your life? I don’t get embarrassed that easily, but I should! For example, I probably should have been embarrassed when I dressed up as a pink spider woman, and ended up on the main stage at the Latitude festival with The Glitter Boys in front of thousands!

Which celebrity would you most like to work with? Julie Walters, though I wouldn’t get much work done, she’d just make me laugh!