Beer taster who's ALLERGIC to ale: Landlord now has to sip not sup to avoid feeling sick
it’s the sort of news that would have most drinkers feeling flatter than a dodgy pint…
Pub landlord Alastair Scott has found out the lingering illness he had was caused by an allergy to beer.
And as if it couldn’t get any worse, he makes a living as an ale taster.
The 49-year-old had been suffering from a constant cough and runny nose, but just put it down to man flu.
It was only when his fed-up family complained about his daily spluttering that he decided to get a home intolerance test, which revealed he was allergic to the yeast in beer.
Alastair said: “When I found out, I was gutted. I just didn’t believe it.
“I’d been phlegmy, coughing and feeling generally unwell and getting progressively worse.
"The coughing got so bad it was keeping my family up at night.
"My partner suggested I should check if I was allergic to anything.”
Dad-of-three Alastair was the first in the UK to qualify as a beer sommelier when it became a recognised qualification two years ago.
His work includes reviewing beer and matching specific ales to different foods.
He added: “Beer is a big part of my life and I just can’t avoid it.”
Alastair, who runs the Square and Compass, in North Rigton, North Yorks, and another pub in Bristol, now has a new approach to his job.
He said: “I now sip not sup.
"It seems madness to be a pub landlord and not be able to stomach beer – although most of the yeast in lager is filtered out, so I’m not intolerant of that.”