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Portugal's largest craft beer brewery

23 February 2017



One of the great things about running Brew-School apart from meeting lots of interesting and lovely brewers is that you get an opportunity to inspire and inform some fantastic new brewing businesses.  Take for instance Portugal's newest and biggest craft beer brewery located in the Portuguese capital Lisbon called MUSA.  I've included an image to their new brewery looking very shiny and new.

I'm sure this brewery will help put craft brewing on the map in Portugal which has no real history of craft beer production and has like many countries had to rely on pretty moribund beer from a couple of massive mainstream breweries.   Paulo who came on our course back in October 2015 in his own words:
Dear Julie and Chris,

It has elapsed more than one year since I attended your fantastic courses. They were key for my beer project. Thank you!

After several months of hard work we managed to get our new and shiny brewery ready for firing up. Please find attached a high resolution photo of our brewery in Lisbon ready to start brewing. Please let me know if you ever visit Lisbon. It will be nice to invite you for a freshly brewed beer directly from the tanks. Paulo
 So if you do ever find yourself in Lisbon the brewery is located on:
Rua do Açucar, 83 in the "arts neighborhood" of Marvila in Lisbon

For more details on our Setting Up A Microbrewery Course.


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How To Set Up Your Own Microbrewery - our success stories.

20 February 2017

"OUR HALL OF FAME"

Brew-School helping to expand the microbrewing sector


Here at Brew-School we don't like blowing our own trumpet but we have inspired and helped an ever expanding number of new and existing microbreweries on their brewing journey.  I've included just a snapshot of brewers and breweries that have been on our courses and the intention is to keep it updated.  If we have missed you out and you want a shout, then please feel free to post your details of your brewery below in the comments section or just email us with a link to your breweries website or Facebook page and I'll get your details included.

If you could provide a link to our Brew-School website then this keeps the nice people at Google happy and means more brewers and microbreweries will find us and hopefully gain something from our increasing range of beer brewing courses and microbrewery training courses.

We have also included some free  microbrewery advice on how to set up your own brewery business.

Tinshed Brewery - Cambridgshire
Three mates got together in Cambridge to make this brewery happen.  Unsurprisingly, this unique brewery has a a lovely tin shed as well as some intriguing sounding ales.  How about a smoked beer to wet your appetite?




Elsecar Heritage Brewery - South Yorkshire
This brewery combines the attractions of the fabulous Elescar village and it's heritage centre in South Yorkshire with Britain's food heritage of great beer.  The new brewery run by the enthusiastic Andrew will combine the best of both and also continue the long historic association of the the church and brewing proving that beer, heritage and religion are still natural bedfellows.

http://www.elsecarheritagebrewery.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/padre.andy.earl/activity/10152615569440987




Farr Brew
Nick an enthusiastic producer and consumer of alcohol for many years was inspired by attending our one day all grain beer brewing course to go the next stage and setting up his own microbrewery using the Braumeister system of brewing allowing him to produce about 400 pints a day.  Nick has successfully sold a number of beers at a very 'good price' into local hosteleries and funded much of his initial set up by selling his bottled beers at a number of local farmers markets.  We are expecting big things from Nick after coming along on our 3 day Setting Up A Microbrewery Course in March 2015.  Nick has already established that he doesn't want to grow too big, as long as he can expand enough to finally give up his day job.  

UPDATE 

Nick has also recently started a kickstarter campaign for funding to establish the first Microbrewery in Harpenden in a 100 years.

Interesting to see how far Farr Brew can go.

http://www.farrbrew.com/



Macclesfield Brewing Company

Dave  Harrison-Ward is a brewing blogger who 2 years on from attending our All Grain Beer Brewing Course is looking at scaling up and brewing on a semi commercial basis with his existing 100 litre kit much in the same way that Nick Farr above has.  At the moment they don't have their own website but you can keep up to speed through their twitter account.  Watch this space as they say....



Stubborn Mule Brewery Manchester

Ed Bright was a brew-school graduate from back in November 2014.  Ed like many commercial microbrewers has started producing commercially on a small scale and then bottling his beer and selling it through specialist beer shops, bars and restaurants.  Ed has now secured the funding he needs to get separate premises and his own commercial brew plant.  We love the branding and Ed I'm sure has the youthful enthusiasm to make his brewing dream go along way.  Ed is also featuring on our 1 day course looking how start up microbreweries put together the finance they need to get the brewing dream off the ground.





A Recent extract from Paulo from Portugal - creating MUSA the largest craft brewery in Portugal following attendance of our 7 day course.

On my side, I partnered with some friends and we launched a brewery that should be the biggest craft brewery (so far) in Portugal. After a visit to Brawbevialle in 2015 and a struggle with the choice between a German, Italian or Chinese fabricator we ended up deciding to built our brewery locally. It was risky, as Portugal has no tradition in brewing, but we were sure that if we supplied the engineering, the quality would be very high. We are delighted with the results - a custom made 20 hL Brewhouse for a fraction of the cost of a similar equipment from Germany (or even Italy origin) with outstanding quality and features.

If you want to know more about the results or want to consider fabricating your brewhouse or fermentors in Portugal, just email me or call me and I would be very happy to help you with your project. Please feel free to let your friends know about this option and please share my contacts.



The Vine Brew Pub, Rugeley, Staffs




Both Chris and Ollie from the Vine Pub attended both the Setting Up A Microbrewery Course and the 5 day Practical Commercial Brewing Course.  Their aim was to put back the brewery in the historic Vine pub in Rugeley a market town in deepest Staffordshire.  This is exactly what they have done. The Brewery is installed and they are brewing.  Go try and see what you think.


Sentinel Brew Co






Technically, Alex Barlow shouldn't qualify for entry in our Hall of Fame.  Not because he hasn't gone on to set up an award winning brewery.  Not because he doesn't produce cracking beers.  No because he is actually one of our tutors on the 4 day Setting Up A Microbrewery Course.  Alex has been a key part of our expert team delivering this cutting edge course since 2013 but has only recently set up his own microbrewery in 2016.  Despite Alex's light hearted jibes " so you want to set up a Microbrewery DON'T no really DON'T " he has clearly not taken his own advice and has gone on to raise the finance and set up this Sheffield brewing institution.


You need to try his:

Cologne-Style Kolsch 4.8%
Ar American Red 5.2%

So for all those budding microbrewers ...... is it a case of do what I do not what I say?


MORE STAR BREWERS WANTED







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Brewing equipment WANTED

02 February 2017

We have been contact by Richard from Outback Brewing Company looking to buy a brewery or brew kit.  Any takers please contact Richard below.  I'm sure he would appreciate the call.

I am currently looking for a second hand 2.5BBL brew kit with at least 2 fermenters.

Phone Number is below, please feel free to post on my behalf.

Kind Regards

Richard Brown
Proprietor and Brewer
Phone: 07868 475130
Web: thewayoutback.co.uk
Email: thewayoutback@gmail.com

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Brew-School Vouchers - the Perfect Gift

06 November 2016

Do you have somebody in your life who likes the idea of brewing their own perfect pint of craft beer.

Perhaps they have never brewed beer or maybe they have brewed but with kits.  They might be brewing all grain and just want to understand the brewing process better to make more consistently good beer.

They me even harbour a dream of going on and even setting up their own micro brewery and brewing beer as a living.

What ever their stage we can provide a fun, informative course in a spectacular setting in the Peak District.

To buy a beer brewing voucher or personalised gift letter just drop us an email to: Gift@brew-school.com

 or give us a call at Brew-School on: 0114 383 0150


www.brew-school.com - 'the font of brewing knowledge' 

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Brewery for sale - Devon

21 October 2016



The owners of Big Rabbit Brewery are offering for sale their award winning 12 barrel brewery, complete with an estate of plastic casks and established beer brands with recipes . Big Rabbit Brew was established 2 years ago to complement our cider business and has been successful in gaining listings with several wholesalers and pubcos, and has also been well received in many freehouses.

It has however been somewhat neglected in comparison with their cider business and so they have decided to sell Big Rabbit to concentrate solely on cider. Big Rabbit is priced to reflect that it comes with no good will or order book,  however details of past wholesale listings will be provided on request, and the new owner will be formally introduced. Also, any  reorders or enquiries will be passed on.

Big Rabbit is a ready made microbrewery with an existing reputation, winning a YOURROUND best new brewer award, and having had successful listings with it range of cask ales. Then brewery could be taken on as a new enterprise, or by an existing brewer looking for larger kit who could run the Big Rabbit brands in conjunction with their own.

For full details of the brewery for sale have a look at the PDF.

More details 

Hot Liquor Tank is circa 2300 litre HLT fitted with three 18 KW elements

Insulated mash tun capable of holding 450 kgs of malt

2000 litre copper with 4 18kw elements

2 time 1300 litre 'half brew' ferments with a glcol remote chiller

200 plastic casks 

The essential thing when looking at being able to purchase a brewery is being able to access brewery finance.  This will give you the economic fire power to make your brewing dream a reality.

OFFERS AROUND £35,000

For more info or to make an offer email: breweries@brew-school.com 

Beer brewing courses - how to set up your own microbrewery?

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How To Become A Junior Brewer?

17 October 2016



The Brewing Industry is growing


The brewing industry continues to grow at a rapid pace!  Dozens of new breweries have opened in the UK this year and analysts are predicting strong growth over the next decade.  There are now more than 1,700 breweries in the United Kingdom — a figure that is increasing at a rate of about ten a month.

Julie Carling of brewing search and selection company The Carling Partnership, comments ‘If you are interested in a career in the brewing industry, now is the perfect time to get started.  The substantial growth experienced by the industry has led to a high demand for junior brewers.  Employers are looking for eager brewers with the right combination of qualifications and experience.’ 

This article will help you land your first job in the brewing industry by providing some insight into what employers are looking for in a junior brewer. 

 

What is expected of a junior brewer?


A junior brewer works closely with the senior brewers to produce, package and deliver beer.  Their key responsibilities include:

Brewing beer under the close supervision of senior brewers
Ensuring the brewery remains clean and safe to work in
Performing packaging activities including bottling, keg and cask filling, and canning
Preparing beer for distribution by palletising and wrapping it
Performing quality assurance tests
Managing the cellar

The qualities that most breweries want in their junior brewers include:

A strong focus on safety
A very strong focus on producing beer of exceptional quality
Very motivated and passionate about beer making
The ability to self-manage their workload and work autonomously
Hard working and flexible with excellent attention to detail
Methodical and logical
An understanding of the science of brewing
A passion for the product and interest in NPD

 

What qualifications and experience are employers looking for?


Employers are usually looking for candidates with a right combination of qualifications and experience.  They want people who are familiar with the technical aspects of brewing and have real experience in a brewery.  Here is some more information about the qualifications and experience that employers usually look for.

 

Junior Brewer Qualifications


There are many different brewing qualifications available, ranging from certificates through to postgraduate university degrees.  The qualifications listed below specifically focus on brewing and packaging beer, making them perfect for a junior brewer.

Alternatively, a degree in chemistry, microbiology, engineering or food science can also be a good way into the brewing industry.  Some of the best qualifications available include:

Brew School -- Commercial Brewing Course (Certificate) 
This is a 5-day course that covers all of the theoretical concepts of brewing.  The course prepares students for the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) recognised examination.  Brew School also offers courses in craft brewing, advanced brewing and setting up a microbrewery. 

Heriot Watt University — Brewing and Distilling (MSc. BSc. Diploma and Certificate)
Heriot Watt University offers a range of brewing and distilling courses, from short certificates available via distance learning, through to post-graduate diplomas. 

Nottingham University – MSc in Brewing Science
This part-time distance learning programme has been developed for individuals working in the brewing industry, providing a key pathway for continuing professional development.

The Institute of Brewing and Distilling Courses
The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) is the world’s leading professional body for people working in brewing and distilling.  Employers often prefer candidates who have qualifications recognised by this organisation. The IBD offer a range of qualifications from a Certificate in Brewing through to the Master Brewer qualification.

Brewlab Diploma in British Brewing Technology

Brewlab offers a range of courses including the certificate in practical brewing, diploma in British brewing technology and the certificate in craft brew quality.

Other qualifications that are perfect for anyone seeking to enter the brewing industry include:

UC Davis professional brewers certificate / Masters brewing program / Diploma in Brewing (USA)
Siebel Institute of Technology & World Brewing Academy
American Brewers Guild Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering (USA)
Central Washington University Craft Beer Certificate (USA)
Old College Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management (Canada)
VLB Berlin Certified Brewmaster Course (Germany)
Doemens Academy Brewing and Beverage Technologist (Germany)
Edith Cowan University Graduate Diploma of Brewing (Australia)

 

Junior Brewer Experience


While having the appropriate qualifications is useful for landing a junior brewer position, many employers have a preference for workers who also have some practical experience.  In fact, many workers only make it into the junior brewer position after spending years working as an intern or an entry level brewing operator. 

Working as an Operator gives a person excellent knowledge of the brewing process, working conditions and the types of tasks that need to be performed.  That experience is invaluable in the eyes of an employer.  In many cases, employers will see any kind of food production or manufacturing experience as a substantial benefit.  It shows that you know how to safely work on a production floor. From starting as an Operator you can move to more formal training and qualification and develop your career in the industry.

There has never been a better time to start working in the brewing industry.  There are plenty of opportunities for motivated brewers to enter the industry and make their mark!

 

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Brewing equipment for sale

12 September 2016


We we recently contacted by Graham from Battlefield Brewery in Shrewsbury who is looking to sell a three vessel 2.5BBL brew kit and four fermenters. In his own words :  "It is only four years old and worked extremely well for us when setting our business up. These are £35k plus to buy new and are perfect for a new start up brewery or a brew pub."

If you are interested in the brewing equipment then feel free to email him direct for details.

Setting up a microbrewery course

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Brewing Tutor Wanted

27 August 2016

Are you a passionate homebrewer?

Are you a homebrewer who loves brewing.  Brew-School in Bakewell has a unique opportunity for a homebrewer to develop / head up a new advanced home brewing course aimed at homebrewers who are looking to develop their brewing skills. 

Would you like to communicate your knowledge of homebrewing to others?

The candidate doesn't have to have any formal teaching qualification just a passion for homebrewing and a desire to communicate this to others.  The day course will take place at Brew-School and most likely at the weekend so if anybody is still working this role can run along your full time job.  If you are interested just drop us a line by email, or give us a call at Brew-School.

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Brewing fermenter tanks for sale

26 May 2016


We have been recently been approached by Rob Stanley who has a couple of fermenters for sale.  Brew-School has no knowledge of them so caveat emptor but thought that they may be of interest to some of our start up microbrewers. 

Second hand fermenting vessels for sale  

"They are second hand Blichmann 300 litre fermenters which also convert easily to 150 litre. The fermenters are the best type on the market today and are approximately 12 months old complete with Tri-clamp fittings, seals, legs and braces. New, each one retails for around £2500.

These fermenters are offered for sale to any expanding Brewers."

For more details contact Rob Stanley on 07941 696835 for a chat. 

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Setting up a microbrewery - our tutors experience

12 April 2016

One of our tutors on our Setting Up Your Own Microbrewery course Alex Barlow has just followed his own advice and set up Sentinel Brewery in Sheffield which opened its doors to the public on Monday.  Good luck to Alex and the other Sentinels and this Brew House and bar will I'm sure make a massive contribution to the brewing and craft beer scene in Sheffield.  I'm particularly looking forward to trying their in house lager.

The fact that Alex is going through the process of setting up his own brewery and bar just reinforces the fact that at Brew-School our expert tutors are practitioners living and doing things in the brewing industry now, today.

We look forward to getting Alex's expert insights on his set up process so far and learning on our next Setting Up A Microbrewery Essentials in May the things you really need to know before you take the brewing plunge.


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