London: The good-old position of the ale taster is being resurrected by a London market, which calls it the "best job in the world".
The holder of the voluntary post will have to sample beers from London pubs to "test for quality".
The job has been reintroduced by Spitalfields Market, which was set up in 1683.
Wellington Market Company, which manages the market, is inviting applications for the post.
"Although the attraction of the role may seem obvious at first, the 21st century version would incorporate many more responsibilities than the original," the Telegraph quoted company boss Malcolm Ball, as saying.
He added: "Our ale taster would become an ambassador for food and drink in the area."
According to Ball, the winning candidate would have to have a "sound knowledge of local, regional, national and international beers", and that "he or she must be passionate about the subject".
"It must be stated that although the role is voluntary, it obviously carries benefits," he added.