Microbrewery to rent

28 June 2017

Brewery For Rent

A fully functional and operating microbrewery is for rent on a 3-5 year lease.

Everything needed to start your own brewery is included in the rental price except your concept, branding, raw materials and recipes. This is a rare opportunity to start your own brewery with low investment.

2.5-5.0 BBL hot side brewing system with four 2.5 bbl, two 4 bbl and two 5 bbl fermentation/conditioning tanks, hop contacts in place. 
Pressure tanks with Key Keg filling set up. 

Approx 150 casks and 72 key kegs on site. 
Approx square meterage, Brewery 97, Cold Storage 14 with an additional 40 in communal area made up of kitchen, toilets, changing area and utility space. 
CCTV, Alarm and coded entry system and central heating. 
Unique building, 5 mins walk from a train station in Runcorn.

Kitchen/Bar for rent £7’800.00 pa

A take away or eat on site street food concept has been put forward and accepted by environmental health. Alcohol licensing has been discussed for both on and off sales but no application has been submitted yet as it would require the renters hours of operation to do so.

Details of the space:

• Newly constructed kitchen and bar space. • Completely fitted out with equipment.
• Additional equipment on hand
• Room for expansion

For more details:

Microbrewery set up courses

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

01 June 2017


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.

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.  


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.

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?

Bridgewater  Brewing

Not all our Brew-School graduates go on to set up their own Breweries. Ivor is a good example.  Having decided that he was not going to set up his own brewery he has gone forward with his microbrewery supply business with a clearer understanding of the challenges in the microbrewery market for new microbreweries.  In his own words:

I attended the four day course at Brew School wondering whether setting up a micro brewery was for me. The course was excellent; insightful, challenging and thought provoking. In the end I took on of the tutors advice “Don’t, No really don’t.

But the courses inspired me to continue developing my parts business - We specialise in providing parts or complete breweries at the larger end of the domestic scale or for use as a pilot plant. We source all the components ourselves under the tightest of quality control.

Our most popular size is the 200 litre pilot plants. These are in use by several micros already, such as Fritz Takken at Bucklands and Les at Porthcawl. The 200litre plant makes a lot of sense; it is small enough to fit into a garage or shed but large enough to produce four nine gallon casks or 380-390 bottles. Some local micros use our 200litre plants for test brews and recipe formulation. We also build systems for gin distillers, and rather bizarrely beetroot and horseradish boilers for wholesale greengrocers in London.

Our breweries are easy to build, I presented at the National Homebrew Festival in 2017 and built a complete 50litre brewery with HERMS system in 36 minutes! If building your own brewery seems daunting we offer build days where you can access our workshop and support.

We offer parts or complete packages. Our website has lots of useful build information on. Please get in touch if we can help further.


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Beer Brewing Course - BRISTOL (Brew-School goes on tour)

04 April 2017

Beer brewing we all know is the new rock'n'roll.  Brew-School is now taking it's acclaimed all grain beer brewing courses to Bristol in the West Country and going on tour in September away from it's Bakewell HQ for the first time.

Beer brewing course with the same winning formula

 The course still consists of the same top selling course teaching you to brew using the all grain ingredients and with our expert brewing tutors, in this case Tom Newman who heralds originally from the West Country and now owns and runs Lines Brew Co based in Wales.

The artistry of brewing

Beer brewing involves an understanding of your brewing equipment and understanding of the artistry of the brewing process and the ability to think outside the box and create your own unique beers.  Then there's the drinking of all those fabulous it possible to get more rock'n'roll than that!


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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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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

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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:

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


For more info or to make an offer email: 

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!


Beer Brewing Courses

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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.

Beer brewing courses

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Hartingtons Ltd
Hartingtons Ltd
1st Floor Rutland Mill, Rutland Mews,Coombs Road
Bakewell , DE45 1AQ United Kingdom
01629 888 586