Morpeth Herald:

A Ponteland [UK] scientist is brewing up a whole new career after taking on a challenge from her husband.

Former chemical engineer Julia Austin is putting her years of experience at global companies to good use as she works to find the formula for a perfect pint.

The 40-year-old was bitten by the beer brewing bug after a visit to Granville Island Brewing in Vancouver, Canada, and when she returned home her husband John challenged her to make a decent pint.

Mrs Austin spent two years experimenting and in January she took the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy from her job as Production Manager at Arizona Chemicals and set up Tyne Bank Brewery.