So, 2020 was memorable, I don’t think it’s worth saying anything more than that for the purpose of this blog post! We would though like to put on record our thanks to the fantastic NHS and key workers for protecting and serving with such dedication.

Onto our plans for 2021. All Brewlab departments are very much open for business and we’re looking forward to serving this fantastic industry as it bounces it back, bigger, better and stronger than before. We’ve put in place cleaning schedules, temperature logging, social distancing, staff shift patterns, working from home policies, all with the aim of being as responsible as we possibly can and following the rules. Stopping the spread is our number one priority so all procedures are checked and recorded to ensure compliance.

Our laboratory team, led by Alison, has worked hard to carry on offering all the routine microbiological and QA services through the restrictions as well as expanding the portfolio to offer analysis on a range of beverages including spirits, cocktails, liqueurs, ciders and wines. We make every effort to be just a phone call away with troubleshooting tips and expert advice if you’re having a QA issue, so just give us a call if you have a problem. Brewlab’s bespoke due diligence packages continue to grow in popularity offering breweries individually tailored sample plans that can provide peace of mind all year round covering HMRC and hygiene requirements. We also spread of the cost so even if production plans change, we can adapt sample frequency and costs accordingly.

If you’d like to talk through the benefits of using wet yeast cultures and securely storing your breweries yeast strains, please do get in touch.

The training side of the business has been most impacted by restrictions and we’ve had to adapt

delivery accordingly. We’ve invested heavily in our online programmes and are pleased to offer training at a range of levels from introductory to IBD General Certificate Level. Check out our Certificate in Brewing Technology along with the introductory Discover Brewing and Distilling courses. It’s worth noting Brewlab can offer bespoke online training sessions in specialist areas at a range of levels, so if there’s an area of brewing you’d like more knowledge about, please enquire.

Our sister company Darwin Brewery will be launching virtual online tours and tastings as general brewing experiences. An interesting and informative substitute for the pub, for now!

All our on-site training courses are scheduled to go ahead with full safety controls unless restrictions change. This includes our short courses and accredited 3-week Certificate and 9-week Diploma courses. We do appreciate things can change quickly in these uncertain times so would offer free deferral or cancellations for anyone who commits to a course effected by covid.

Our project and product development team continue to support a range of clients develop exciting new concepts, all the while gaining more experience brewing with different techniques and novel ingredients. It’s fascinating to see the trends occurring before they hit the market.

The Brewlab research team have a number of studies underway and are due to have their latest work published focusing on analysing historical beers.

We’ll share our 2021 news and updates as they happen right here and over on social media. Check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn profiles.

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