10/4 - Let's Build A Brewery

‘Embrace your inner idiot, switch off your brain, go for it - and attack’

With zero experience of beer-making, Tommy Barnes quit his safe, corporate London job to start his own beer business. As if that weren’t precarious enough, he located it in the Loire Valley - the heart of French ‘wine country’. 

In this entertaining conversation with Olly, Tommy recounts how he’s followed his business dreams, balanced the books and perfected his beer recipe - even in the face of en masse Gallic shrug…



Tommy’s hilarious memoir, A Beer In The Loire, is out now (Muswell Press, £8.99). 

Ollie Peart’s fix-it workshop…

Elsewhere, in this month’s Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart prizes open his motherboard with a cheap screwdriver. Can he reboot his broken iPhone 4S, single-handed? Can the online fix-it community come to his aid? Or will this challenge go the way of his short-lived kefir concoctions?

Meanwhile, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox advises a couple of lady listeners with cancer diagnoses how to recover their mojo post-chemotherapy.

Plus, Alix investigates the world of squirting records, in particular the work of ‘super soaker’ Lola Jean. It’s nothing if not varied.

Music this month comes from singer-songwriter LION and her haunting track, ‘Wolf’, out now:

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See you when our next episode drops on September 1st!

This episode is brought to you in association with Beer52, the UK’s No.1 craft beer club. Claim your free case of beer now at beer52.com/mann.

If you’re affected by the issues raised in this month’s Foxhole, some resources that can offer support include: Macmillan, Breast Cancer Haven, and Breast Cancer Care. Alix recommends the work of Liz O’Riordan, Sam Evans, and comedian Karen Hobbs.

Posted on August 1, 2019 and filed under Season Ten.