Our brewing experts have been selected from the UKs best brewers for their passion and expertise in the art of brewing. When it comes to brewing nobody can know it all. That is the starting point for the alchemy that is brewing beer. However, amongst our selection of brewers from their disperse background of working in some of the UKs biggest breweries to being involved in advising other brewers how to set up and brew their beer. Many of our expert brewers have gone on to set up their own microbreweries and have experience of both commercial brewing and home brewing for their own consumption.
Pete Hounsell started life as a Chemical Engineer but shirking corporate life in pursuit of a more satisfying existence and a higher love he set up Amber Ales in 2006. Pete is know for developing classic beers with a twist such as his Chocolate Orange Stout which won ‘Champion Speciality Beer of Britain in 2010. Peter has won over 25 awards for his beers over the years. He is particularly fascinated with the origins and development of the IPA. Pete brings an impressive breadth of experience both as a home brewer and now as owner of his own microbrewery Amber Ales based in Derbyshire.
Tom Newman is more than a passionate brewer he simply was born to brew beer. He realised that at the age of 15 when he first started homebrewig that his destiny was to brew beer. He gave up a promising consultancy career to pursue his brewing dream which involved being head brewer at the Celt Experience.
He now divides his time between running his own unique eco based brewery the Lines Brew Co with brewing consultancy work advising other microbreweries about beer production. He has shared his vast brewing knowledge at places such as Brewlab and now wants to share his brewing experience and knowledge at Brew-School with a whole new geneartion of beer brewers. Tom is an accredited beer sommelier (IBD Beer Academy) and has studied brewing microbiology at VLB Berlin.
Marvyn White a brewer at the world renown Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell and is ideally placed to straddle the two very different worlds of homebrewing and commercial brewing.
Marv is a massively enthusiastic homebrewer and having spent several years working in a leading homebrew shop developing all grain kits and recipes for sale he was also the first person in the UK to start brewing on the Grainfather one pot brewing system. His inside knowledge of how the Grainfather system works is unparrelelled and his practical experience on brewing experimental beers on a small and commercial scale makes him ideally qualified to tutor on a range of all grain brewing courses.
Dick is an IBD Master Brewer, with over 30 years in the brewing industry, as production manager, project brewer and technical consultant, mainly in the UK, but also in Europe and India. Working mainly for large brewing companies, he has developed a wide range of practical brewing and engineering knowledge which is equally applicable to the major and micro brewing worlds, particularly in process development and project implementation. He has carried out extensive training, mainly operational training for new processes and equipment, but also theory based for the Institute of Brewing & Distilling. He is a member of the IBD examinations team.
Chris Whirledge is a Chartered Surveyor and Associate of the Institute of Arbitration, with 20 years of experience in the licensed leisure property market. In that time he has dealt with Managed Houses, Tenanted trade and Late Night Venue Bar operations, and worked for Greene King, Luminar Leisure, Spirit Group and Marston’s. He has specifically dealt with Lease Renewals, Arbitrations, Rent Reviews, Acquisitions, Disposals, and general Estate Management of licensed and retail property. At Marston’s he headed up the tenanted pub company acquisitions team to secure the targets set by the board, and was part of the working party involved in a number of group acquisitions and subsequent integrations.
In 2007 he set up Pub Innsite, a niche consultancy and agency regulated by RICS, and acts on behalf of clients mainly on the operational side to acquire and dispose of pubs on a freehold and leasehold basis and has also made a name for himself acting against pub company landlord’s on behalf of tenants with regard to professional work, and felt first-hand the highs and lows that operators have experienced.
“Publican Sam is the nom de plume of UK pub industry veteran, Philip Sambell. As a publican with over 35 years experience from pot-boy to Chief Operating Officer of a 1,200 strong, £500 million estate of tenanted public houses, Philip has a wealth of practical know-how which he shares with a wide audience including a select portfolio of private clients.
In his career Philip has been extensively involved in all aspects of running successful pub businesses, from front of house to catering and administration to marketing. Philip has the benefit of being both a manager and an entrepreneur in a variety of trading styles within the UK hospitality industry including pubs, cafés, restaurants and nightclubs.
Philip publishes the essential and definitive online guide to running a pub in the UK, How To Run A Pub and is a sought after consultant to both those about to enter (and those already engaged) in the pub trade.”
It's rare for a brewer to have done it all but Mike Hitchen could make a genuine claim to say he has been there and done it when it comes to beer brewing. Starting his brewing life in London he worked his way up over 12 years from delivery driver to brewer working in all aspects of the brewing business. Mike went on to set up his own medium sized microbrewery in Stockport called the 3 Rivers Brewery which eventually expanded to a 20 barrel plant and began exporting his beer to the US.
Having set up his own microbrewery Mike has always been keen to pass his expertise on to the next generation of brewers. Mike is a regular contributor and lecturer on brewing courses in Liverpool and up in Sunderland at Brewlab where his experience has been invaluable in new breweries setting up.
Mike also runs a consultancy specialising in providing bespoke microbrewery equipment and installation services.
Tim O'Rouke has over 40 years experience of the brewing industry. Tim's understanding of the technical aspects of beer production are largely unrivalled. Importantly, Tim also understands the commercial and marketing aspects of making good beer which will stand out in the crowd and help make your microbrewery a success.
Tim owner of Brilliant Beer College is a trainer on the Institute of Brewing & Distilling Diploma providing courses aimed specifically for those working in the beer brewing industry. Tim remains absoultey passionate about beer and it's production.
Alex Barlow is an independent brewing consultant and author of the award-winning ALL BEER Guide. A qualified Master Brewer with 30 years of trade experience, he is passionately knowledgeable about beer flavour, brewing, dispense and food pairing. Alex is also the Director of Training and Chief Examiner for the national Beer Academy, the educational arm of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD)
He is currently involved in designing and commissioning the new Purity brewery in Warwickshire and a new micro-brewery in Turkey. His experience makes him uniquely qualified to lead courses that explore the commercial aspects of setting up a new micro- brewery and also introduce beer lovers to the wonderful diverse world of beer flavours with a distinct, involving and contemporary style.
Following a stint at Toyota Paul Taylor found his true vocation and now works for Murphy & Son Ltd one of the countries leading suppliers of brewing ingredients. In his capacity as Lab Manager Paul has advises some of the UK's leading micro breweries on ingredients and brewing technology.
For several years now he has been a passionate home brewer and has established the Nottingham Brewers Group.
Paul has a detailed scientific and professional understanding of brewing but still retains the enthusiasm of a true amateur. He has a relaxed and conversational tutoring style and is keen to share his substantial knowledge of the ancient art of brewing.