Find out more about some of the breweries we’ve worked with.
Gareth Williams attended our Brewing Skills Development course in January 2012 and has since gone on to co-found the award-winning Tiny Rebel Brewery in South Wales. Along with Brad Cummings, the brewery was set up in February 2012 and has rapidly grown in popularity and acclaim. Gareth states
“The quality of Brewlab training helped us brew our brands to the highest and most consistent levels achievable. Not only did Brewlab help on the skills development course, they have always supplied us with help & support in the brewery.”
When setting up WooHa Brewing Company, former microbiologist and founder Heather McDonald chose to do the 3 Week Practical Brewing Certificate at Brewlab. Although an avid homebrewer, Heather wanted to ensure that she had all the skills up to scratch to allow her to hit the ground running when her kit was delivered. Through Brewlab, Heather made a number of valuable contacts, many of whom WooHa still work with on a regular basis.
The Brewlab Start Up Brewing course was an opportunity to decide whether or not it was worth the risk to step into the commercial world of brewing. The course provided a ‘warts’ (should that be ‘worts’?!) and all view of the industry and after the first day, it’s safe to say that Anthony felt that anyone would be mad to invest the sums of money required to set up a microbrewery. Further market research however indicated that the real ale section of the drinks industry was showing strong signs of growth, creating a very real business opportunity.
Jonny and Tuggy Delap started the Fyne Ale brewery on St Andrew’s day in 2001 having attended a Brewlab Start Up Brewing course in 2000. The brewery is in traditional dairy buildings at Achadunan, Cairndow, Scotland.
Tony Gartland and Derek Todd first met when they came on the Diploma brewing course in February 2005. Tony was looking for a more active career after success in the legal world and Derek was a chemical engineer for a pharmaceutical firm. Both had a vision of brewing as a means of combining a desire for a physical occupation with a business based on real products. Brewlab provided the opportunity for them to combine their talents and initiate the Saltaire brewery.
It was 3rd time lucky for Hogswood Brewing Co., when they won Gold in the Premium Ale category with their latest ale, “Celtic Kernow King”, in only their 3rd year of entering Tuckers Maltings, Newton Abbott, Regional SIBA Beer Festival. Hogswood, is a small friendly family business that can cater for individual requirements as well as regular orders. It was set up by its sole proprietor Vaughan Haynes to develop his long held passion for real ale into a business. In the Spring of 2009 Vaughan had attended a Brewlab course which proved to be the catalyst that reaffirmed his ambition to start his own micro brewery. After that Vaughan was hooked, he borrowed money, sold possessions and began to convert his double garage into a Brew house and to make his first pilot rig based on plans from a magazine.
Stig Anderson took over the Stonehenge brewery in 1993 and developed an impressive list of beers and awards. Stig was already an accomplished Danish brewer and quickly recognised the value of Brewlab’s laboratory and yeast services. Brewlab conducts a monthly Due Diligence analyses for Stonehenge Ales Ltd. And supplies yeast as required. Stig has promoted Brewlab services to his overseas associates and Brewlab now provides services and yeast to Rise Brygger brewery in Denmark.
John Bates established the Ole Slew Foot Brewing Company in July 2008 after buying a 820 litre kit form Glastonbury ales and now produces a range of fine traditional British and European ales. In October 2008 John attended the 3 week Brewlab Practical Brewing Course. “I wanted to learn more about the commercial side of brewing, yeast counting and bottling. I achieved all of that and more”. John also trialled recipes during the practical brewing sessions that could be produced and distributed once the brewery was operational.
Inspired by a healthy appetite for Real Ale, master-brewer Phil Troop, landlord of the Half Moon embarked upon his road to creating his own brewery. Phil attended the Start Up Brewing course at Brewlab in December 2007 and made his first brew in March 2008..
Keystone Brewery was established by Alasdair and Charlotte Large near Salisbury after Alasdair attended the 3 week Certificate in Practical Brewing course in 2004. Before considering a brewing career Alasdair spent 20 years as a colonel in the army and on retiring looked for an active and challenging enterprise. Brewlab supply advice, yeast and analytical services to Keystone whilst maintaining contact for future developments.
Steve Urwin attended the Start up brewing course in 2002 looking to install a brewery on the family farm near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumbria. High House Farm had suffered from the restrictions imposed by the foot and mouth epidemic in 2002 and needed options to diversify its activities. Brewlab provided regular support to Steve while developing the brewery and now provides Due Diligence analyses and yeast services. In addition Brewlab students regularly visit the brewery to view the equipment and undertake placements on site for both brewing and bottling.
Sambrook’s Brewery is an independent brewery based in Battersea, London. Duncan Sambrook and David Welsh established the brewery in August 2008 with the aim of bringing craft brewing back to the heart of London. Duncan Sambrook’s first venture into the brewing world was in early 2007 with the purchase of three second-hand tanks of a five barrel brewing plant. The difficulty of running a brewery with 3 tanks was soon realised, with the 5 barrel plant never seeing any brewing during its lifetime. Twelve months later Duncan decided to enrol on the Start Up Brewing course at Brewlab. The course provided all the necessary information regards a career in brewing and highlighted the hard work and risks involved. Duncan stated ‘I came out unperturbed and re-focused on what I needed to do – find myself premises.’