Q+A with Jake

Q+A with Jake

Posted on October 27, 2020

A Q+A with Jake the Head Brewer at First Chop!

  1. What is your favorite from the First Chop range?
    POW is my beer of choice, I think the peachy flavours work really well with the malty body of the beer.

  2. What music do you listen to whilst doing a brew / drinking a beer?
    Depending on what kind of day Im having it can be pretty varied. Its either a MUSE / Maximo park kind of day or a Bastille / Bears Den kind of day.

    Listen to Jake's Spotify playlist


    Jake First Chop 10

    Maximo Park - Books from Boxes
    Maximo Park - Our Velocity
    Muse - Feeling Good
    Muse - Uprising
    Biffy Clyro - Re-arrange
    Bears Den - Above the Clouds of Pompeii
    Bombay Bicycle Club - Its alright now
    Bastille - Things we lost in the Fire
    The Lumineers - Ophelia
    Cage the Elephant- Aint no rest for the Wicked

  3. What’s your background in the craft ale scene?
    So I started out in the industry about 5 years ago. I learnt my trade as a brewery apprentice with a brewpub group called Brewhouse & Kitchen. I underwent the apprentice program they had on offer and made it to Head Brewer at one of their brewpubs. After spending a few years with them and after a few awards I threw my hat into the Manchester brewery ring. Since then I have been working at First Chop. I started out here as a Senior Brewer and took the step up to Head Brewer in May.

  4. Session or non session beer? That is the question.
    Always session, I LOVE beer. If I'm drinking I like to try as much as possible! For research purposes obviously...

  5. Any new flavors you want Rik to bring into the mix at First Chop?
    I would like to push the boat out a little and start trying some sour beers or some higher ABV IPA's.

  6. Anything else you’d like to add whilst we have you here? 
    I'd just like to say thanks for all the support! Keep on drinking and keep on enjoying our beers!

    Photo by Veronica Blanco.