Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo


Jacopo Mazzeo can’t recall what kick-started his wild passion for beer and wine, but he’s sure in 2004 he was already supporting his studies at the University of Bologna by working with them. He finally realised that the drinks industry was his true love after his madness brought him to complete a PhD in musicology at the University of Southampton.

Before he landed at Imbibe in 2018, he was head sommelier at The Pig Hotel in the New Forest. He is a professional beer sommelier and in 2016 he was awarded Young Beer Writer of the Year by the British Guild of Beer Writers. Find him on Twitter @jacopo_mazzeo

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Smokehead to release special-edition rum cask finish

Islay single malt brand Smokehead has just unveiled Smokehead Rum Rebel, a special-edition whisky finished in Caribbean rum casks.

News |  Wine

Liberty Wines adds Rafael Palacios to its portfolio

Leading merchant Liberty Wines has been appointed agent for Valdeorras winery Rafael Palacios, formerly traded by Fields Morris & Verdin.

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Penryn Spirits unveils new botanical rum

Cornish distillery Penryn Spirits’ latest release, Bora, is a botanical rum explicitly aimed at gin drinkers.

News |  Beer & Cider

A medicinal mushroom beer has just launched

Fungtn beer range is brewed with myco adaptogens, a species of fungi that is been historically used for medicinal purposes.

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West Coast IPA: UK vs US challenge

It’s the king of craft beer styles, but claims to the West Coast IPA crown are many and varied. Jacopo Mazzeo takes some time to assess and taste an array of contenders from both sides of the Atlantic, with the help of two of the UK’s most discerning beer communicators.

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

New Stambecco Maraschino Amaro enters the UK market

Wine and spirits company Biggar and Leith has unveiled its new amaro brand, Stambecco Maraschino.

News |  Beer & Cider

No- and low-abv beer specialist Sobersauce launches

Sobersauce is a new e-commerce service exclusively dedicated to the no and low beer category.

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Glen Moray distillery’s new wine-finish whiskies

Glen Moray has unveiled three new limited edition ‘wine-finish’ expressions for its 2020 Distillery Edition release.

Podcasts

SipAdvisor: Listen to our first Imbibe podcast

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our new monthly podcast and our first episode features all-star line-up: the Artesian’s Anna Sebastian; sommelier Jan Konetzki; beer writer Pete Brown; Club Soda’s Laura Willoughby, and ciderologist Gabe Cook.

SipAdvisor special: Natural wine podcast

Following the announcement earlier this year that ‘natural wine’ has been legally recognised in France as Vin méthode nature, our first  podcast special edition is entirely dedicated to the subject.

SipAdvisor: Episode 2

In the second episode of our podcast, we look at what re-opening might look like for the UK’s pubs bars and restaurants – including an interview with on-trade marketing legend Mark McCullough about the 100 Day Playbook, a muse on PPE for hospitality staff, all accompanied by a glass of English fizz for English Wine Week.

SipAdvisor: How to tackle no shows

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our monthly podcast. In this third episode, we remember some of the venues that have had to close during the Covid-19 crisis before taking a closer look at the problem of no shows

News |  Beer & Cider

West Coast IPA: UK vs US challenge

It’s the king of craft beer styles, but claims to the West Coast IPA crown are many and varied. Jacopo Mazzeo takes some time to assess and taste an array of contenders from both sides of the Atlantic, with the help of two of the UK’s most discerning beer communicators.

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

New Stambecco Maraschino Amaro enters the UK market

Wine and spirits company Biggar and Leith has unveiled its new amaro brand, Stambecco Maraschino.

News |  Beer & Cider

No- and low-abv beer specialist Sobersauce launches

Sobersauce is a new e-commerce service exclusively dedicated to the no and low beer category.

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Glen Moray distillery’s new wine-finish whiskies

Glen Moray has unveiled three new limited edition ‘wine-finish’ expressions for its 2020 Distillery Edition release.

News |  People & Places

Chase Distillery has just given hard seltzers a British twist

Last month, Herefordshire-based distillery Chase embraced the hard seltzer trend with the release of its range of Gin Seltzers. Jacopo Mazzeo caught up with James Chase to explore how the distillery developed a product tailored for the UK market.

News |  Beer & Cider

Forest Road brewery to open new site in London’s Bermondsey

Forest Road’s new brewery will open in South Bermondsey, on top the spot that used to host historical tea company, The Mazawattee.

News |  People & Places

Trade associations dispute speculations that pubs would have to close again

Trade associations reacted to claims that pubs in England may need to close again to allow schools to reopen in September, calling for more clarity on the matter and warning the government on its potentially devastating consequences.

News |  People & Places

Majority of hospitality businesses join Eat Out to Help Out scheme

According to a survey conducted by trade body UKHospitality, the majority of Britain’s hospitality businesses are joining the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

News |  People & Places

Chase Distillery has just given hard seltzers a British twist

Last month, Herefordshire-based distillery Chase embraced the hard seltzer trend with the release of its range of Gin Seltzers. Jacopo Mazzeo caught up with James Chase to explore how the distillery developed a product tailored for the UK market.

News |  Beer & Cider

Forest Road brewery to open new site in London’s Bermondsey

Forest Road’s new brewery will open in South Bermondsey, on top the spot that used to host historical tea company, The Mazawattee.

News |  People & Places

Trade associations dispute speculations that pubs would have to close again

Trade associations reacted to claims that pubs in England may need to close again to allow schools to reopen in September, calling for more clarity on the matter and warning the government on its potentially devastating consequences.

News |  People & Places

Majority of hospitality businesses join Eat Out to Help Out scheme

According to a survey conducted by trade body UKHospitality, the majority of Britain’s hospitality businesses are joining the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.