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Wanted: Northern Ireland brewery launches search for beer taster

Do you have what it takes for Dream job at Londonderry establishment?

By Jonny Bell

A Northern Ireland brewery is advertising for what could be a dream job - at least for some.

The Walled City Brewery has advertised for a beer taster.

The job entails working at the Ebringdon restaurant/brewery and sampling its produce.

Working hours are not quite arduous. The successful applicant will be required to work one day a month.

He, or she, will sample a wide range of beers and help the brewery's master taster to determine what works, and what doesn't.

The job is unpaid but a taxi and food will be provided.

And as master brewer James Huey explained the job ad has created quite the fizz since it was placed on Friday morning.

By 1pm on Friday, 137 applications had been received, with some even offering to pay to do the job.

"But only 10% of the population can be master tasters," explained James.

"I am blind to some flavours, so we need someone who can complement my own work and decipher all the different flavours.

"We need someone with a good palette.

"It's not good enough to say it tastes good or it tastes beer-y or spicy we need to know what exact flavours there are.

"Smokers will have difficulty with the flavours.

"So we'll have samples of 30 different beers the person will come and taste them all. We'll organise them taxis and a bite to eat. It's the perfect job."

The brewery and restaurant was one of the first to occupy the former military base at Ebrington in Derry.

James worked at Guinness for 12 years before setting up the Walled City Brewery in 2015.

Their signature beer, he explained, was Boom, their Derry pale ale.

He added: "It's a beautiful zesty, mango pale ale."

For those that may be interested, applications should be made to

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