The Beer Taster

Name

Fergus Fitzgerald

Work

Senior brewer at Adnams

Age

32

Where

Southwold

How much do you get paid?

It’s in the £35k ballpark, and if the boss is reading, it isn’t enough!

How did you get into it?

I did biotechnology at college. After that I spent three months in a dairy, then eight years at Fuller’s brewery and I’ve been here four years.

What are the hours like?

It’s a 45-hour week and I’m on call all week. It’s all pretty well automated, but if something goes wrong in the process they give me a call.

What are your co-workers like?

They all enjoy beer and the brewing process, and they’re a quirky bunch. One brings a chicken to the pub. Nice, eh?

What’s the best perk?

Paying bills – sorting out orders for malt and hops and so on is part of my job and I’m not much of a fan of that. On a daily basis I’ll be signing away £10,000 for malt.

What causes you the most hassle?

Paying bills – sorting out orders for malt and hops and so on is part of my job and I’m not much of a fan of that. On a daily basis I’ll be signing away £10,000 for malt.

What was your worst experience?

We once had a problem with the clarity of the beer so we had to throw away 200 barrels. That’s about 30,000 pints. That wasn’t a nice day.

Is your job good for meeting women?

There aren’t a huge amount of women in the brewery industry, but they do say that hops are an aphrodisiac, so that helps.

What was your dream job?

An astronaut or a Jedi knight.

The Chimney Sweep

Work

www.dustysweeps.co.uk

Age

35

Where

Swindon

How much do you get paid?

About £30-£40 per sweep. I also fit bird/chimney cowls, which adds a little extra cash and I can usually fit in up to eight jobs a day.

How did you get into it?

I’ve always been interested in keeping old traditions alive and I learned my trade by training with another local sweep.

What are the hours like?

They can be long, especially during the busy winter months, although I do choose what hours I work. It’s best to get your chimney sweep round in the spring or summer: he’ll be less busy.

What are your co-workers like?

There’s only me, so absolutely fantastic!

What’s the best perk?

The cash, plus getting to know all my customers. And knowing that I’m helping to reduce chimney fires, of course.

What causes you the most hassle?

I had a disaster in a posh house years ago. The owner had just had some repair work done to the chimney stack and it – and about five years’ worth of soot – came crashing down.

What was your worst experience?

We once had a problem with the clarity of the beer so we had to throw away 200 barrels. That’s about 30,000 pints. That wasn’t a nice day.

Is your job good for meeting women?

Absolutely. I’d say 80% of my customers are women. If you’re into getting knitted gifts or homemade slippers as a tip, then this is definitely the job to get into!

What was your dream job?

I’ve always wanted to be a fireman and I reckon I’m doing my bit by reducing chimney fires. Maybe they could make me an honorary member?

How to motivate your colleagues?

Pay rises and sticking them in headlocks are so passé…