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Episode 49: Middle Child Brewing In this episode, I went down to Hop Stop in Reigate (@HopStopBeers) and met with Fraser and Sam from Middle Child Brewing (@MiddleChildBeer) about their fledgling brewery, winning Home brew competitions, future plans, Pliny the Elder homages and much more!
Episode 48 - Em Sauter & Bedlam Brewery A two-hander for this episode! I speak with Em Sauter (Pints & Panels) about her new book - Hooray for Craft Beer! - and also to Clark Coslett-Hughes from Bedlam Brewery about their beers, including the interesting Porter - Kelp!
Episode 47: Leigh-on-Sea Brewery My guests for this episode are Ian Rydings and Matt Chinnery from Leigh-on-Sea Brewery in Essex. We discuss a whole load of things including cockle stouts, Black IPAs and how they are a hard sell, their new pub, award-winning branding and plenty more besides. Beers consumed during the chat were: Legra, Beach Hut Brew and Legra X #4 Beer news includes the sad news of recent brewery closures, my win at the CBMAs, AmityFest and Elusive Brew's birthday bash. Links: Leigh-on-Sea Brewery - website / Twitter / Instagram Ian Rydings - Twitter Matt Chinnery - Twitter / Instagram Amity Brew Co - Amityfest - website Elusive Brewing - website
Episode 46: Bundobust Brewery In this episode, I speak with Bundobust Head Brewer Dan Hocking about starting a brewery in the middle of a restaurant (during a pandemic too!) to fully supply beer to their small group of restaurants. We talk about their beers, their food and much more. News stories covered: Blackhorse Beer Mile launch, Queer Brewing birthday party and Three Hills/Emperor's Brewery Rebel Fortress beer launch
Episode 45: Pressure Drop I'm joined by Sienna O'Rourke from Pressure Drop and we talk about the brewery's humble garden shed beginnings, the move to a bigger site - then another bigger site! - plus lots of talk about their beers, Marketing and much more! New stories covered are: Westerham Brewery brew beer in aid of Ukraine United Kingdom of Beer book by Adrian Tierney-Jones Unity Brewing Co change name of core beer
Episode 44: Three Hills and Emperor's Brewery Collab Brew Day In this episode, I join Andy from Three Hills and Damian from Emperor's in Bermondsey, South London, for a collaboration brew day. The resulting beer will be a big Imperial Stout called Rebel Fortress and will be available from 28th April 2022. After a morning of mashing in and then digging out the mash tun, plus sampling beers - and some Whisky and Wort! - we sat outside in the pleasant Spring weather and chatted about their breweries as well as about collaborations. Also featured, I cover some more news about the beer industry's fundraising for Ukraine including Euroboozer bringing all of Varvar's beer to the UK and Pete Brown's fundraising beer tasting of 7 rare and unique beers from his own collection.
Episode 43: Lost & Grounded My guest is Alex Troncoso from Lost & Grounded Brewers in Bristol. I talk to Alex about his brewing history before starting Lost & Grounded, their core beers, lager brewing techniques and much more. Lost & Grounded - Website Lost & Grounded socials - Twitter / Instagram ******* News Stories covered: Drinkers For Ukraine (@DrinkersUkraine) and Upcoming Beer Festivals.
Episode 42: Burning Sky This episode features Mark Tranter, founder and owner of East Sussex brewery Burning Sky. I travelled down to the small village of Firle, not far from another beer mecca - Lewes - to speak to Mark at the brewery. It was a great day for a beer geek like me to be in the presence of such an icon of the UK Craft Beer scene and in the very place where the magic happens! Also featured in the episode, I talk about a few beer stories, such as Good Things Brewing Co looking to rebuild after their catastrophic fire as Allkin Brewing; London Fields Brewery being put up for sale, just as Fourpure and Magic Rock recently were too; and the International Women's Collaboration Brew Day on 8th March! Links: Burning Sky website: www.burningskybeer.com Burning Sky Twitter: @burningskybeer Allkin Brewing website (and link to CrowdFunder): www.allkinbrewing.com International Women's Collaboration Brew Day Twitter: @IWCBD Hope you enjoy! Next episode will feature Alex Troncoso from Lost & Grounded!
Episode 41: Double-Barrelled Brewery I talk to Luci Clayton-Jones from Reading-based Double-Barrelled Brewery about their homebrew beginnings as a wedding favour beer, the 11-month trip around the world which saw them take in many craft beer stops in order to learn how to run a brewery, and so much more. While we chat, I drink 3 of their beers and Luci tells me about each of them. Crack a can, sit back and enjoy!
In this episode I speak with Jonny Hamilton of the Leith, Scotland-based brewery, Newbarns. Starting in 2020, just as Covid was about to hit, Jonny tells me about his and his business partners' backgrounds, the story of setting up their brewery and their brewing ethos - plus a whole lot more. I also speak with Jim McCune of the Craft Beer Marketing Awards (CBMAs) about the upcoming 2022 awards! Key links: Jonny on Twitter - https://twitter.com/PellicleJonny Newbarns Brewery on Twitter - https://twitter.com/NewbarnsBrewery Newbarns Brewery website - https://newbarnsbrewery.com/ Craft Beer Marketing Awards website - https://craftbeermarketingawards.com/
In the first episode of 2022 I speak with Charlotte Cook, Head Brewer at Coalition Brewery - currently cuckoo brewing in Sussex, but due to open their own site in London within the next few months. We talk about Charlotte's brewing journey, the challenges and learning curves she has experienced along the way, and what to expect from Coalition beers. We also discuss the negative culture at breweries, British hops and why she really doesn't like otters! There's also a love letter to Tallin, but not so much for Manchester and Sunderland!
Wow! What an action packed episode this is.  It's a long one, but totally worth a listen - even if you break it up into a couple of sessions! My main brewery guests are Miranda and Bates from Duration Brewing in Norfolk. We talk about their beers, their historic site and the work that it's taken to get it into it's current state, their differing approach to winning awards and much more more! I also welcome Beer Writers Pete Brown, Emma Inch, Dave Hayward and Ruvani de Silva to chat about their Picks of the Year! Hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas!
Episode 37: Neptune Brewery with Melissa Cole In this episode I welcome the fabulous beer writer Melissa Cole as a special guest co-host and we are joined by Les and Julie O'Grady from Liverpool's Neptune Brewery to talk about their beers, starting a brewery off the back of a successful aquatics business, their brewing ethos and the Ladies That Beer project.  All this and Melissa's new book, cats sleeping on people's heads, Lamb Gose, Crack Hens, taprooms in football stadia and how Les comes up with his ideas in bed on a Sunday morning! I also talk about the British Guild of Beer Writers Awards Dinner, which I attended. The beers that we drank are: Melissa Cole-sch: A Kolsch beer collaboration between Neptune and Melissa Sail Away: A New England pale ale Silenus: An Extra Special Bitter Neptune's beers can be found in many places around the UK, but also on their website neptunebrewery.com.  Melissa's books can be found in independent bookshops, some brewery taprooms and big internet sites named after rivers in South America, but also on her website melissacolebeer.com.  
Episode 36: Verdant Brewing Co In this episode I talk with Adam Robertson (@robeam) from Verdant Brewing Co (@VerdantBrew) and discover how he got started, why they excel at hoppy and hazy beers, how some of the beer names came about, and much more. There's also some Beer News about SALT Beer Factory's expansion into London and the upcoming British Guild of Beer Writers Awards. My beery adventures include Utopian, Deya, Sierra Nevada, UnBarred, The Kernel, Siren, The Three Hounds, Hop Stop, Burning Sky and Beak Brewery! 
Episode 35 - Werewolf Beer I speak with Rich White from Werewolf Beer - An American Brewery in London!  We talk beer, moving in to his brand new site, horror movies, music and much more! I am also joined by Thomas J. Miller, author of An Oktoberfest Death - the first in a series of beer themed murder mystery novels. Plus there's some Siren "Beer News" and details of my visits to Hop Stop and the UnBarred Taproom in Brighton! Twitter links of guests: https://twitter.com/werewolfbeer https://twitter.com/TJMillerAuthor
Join me for a chat with Jordan Mower, Owner and Head Brewer of UnBarred Brewery in Brighton! We chat about his Homebrewing beginnings, through to contract brewing to get the money together to make his own beers and moving in to his own site in the heart of the city. We also talk collabs, taprooms, can art, honey beers and much more. The beers consumed on the episode are: Joosy German IPA Sticky Toffee Pudding White Stout There's also some Beer News featuring Siren Craft Brew; Verdant Brew Co, Black Flag, Padstow Brewery and Pipeline Brewing; and Jaega Wise of Wild Card. Beery Adventures focus on Hop Stop's birthday celebration.
Episode 33: ORA Brewing Join me as I chat with Daniele, Dario and Luigi from ORA Brewing in their Taproom in Tottenham, North London.  We talk about starting up in London, brewing with Italian ingredients including Balsamic vinegar, and Beer Cocktails, amongst many others. We enjoy the following beers: Dolce Vita Session IPA Panaro West Coast IPA Limoncello IPA Plus there's Beer News about Track's new taproom and the awesome sounding collab between The Driftwood Spars Brewery and Fallen Acorns Brewery. Rounded up with a round-up of beery adventures featuring Siren Craft Brew, Hop Stop Reigate and my own personal Oktoberfest!
Episode 32: New Bristol Brewery I welcome husband and wife team Noel and Maria from New Bristol Brewery (https://twitter.com/NewBristol) and we discuss a range of things, such as: Their beers Their roles in the brewery Albert the Gorilla Branding Bristol's beer scene Collaborating with Adidas and Size The use of adjuncts ... and much more!  There's also a cameo from Stout the dog! We also drink three of their beers: The Happy World of Sabro Talus About It Cinder Toffee Stout In Beer News I talk about CO2 Shortage, Elusive Brewing's Collabageddon 2021 and my next 5 episodes; plus I talk about my Beery Adventures at Hop Stop, Westerham Brewery and at home! I hope you enjoy!!
Episode 31: Burnt Mill Brewery In this episode I welcome Sophie de Ronde, Head Brewer at Burnt Mill Brewery (Twitter: @BrewSophie; Instagram: @sophiederonde) to the podcast and we talk about a lot, including: The brewery's origins Sophie's background The affect that her allergies have had on her career Her crowning as Brewer of the Year in 2019 The pandemic International Women's Collaboration Brew Day Diversity in beer Yeast attenuation And so much more! While speaking with Sophie, I drank: Pintle Citra Sands Idaho Fog You can find Burnt Mill's beers in bottle shops across the UK or on their webstore. Beer News features stories about Vocation and Siren, and Vocation also feature when I talk about my recent tap room visits, which also includes Thornbridge, Trembling Madness, Brew York and Amity Brew Co.
Episode 30 - Matt Curtis on Modern British Beer Matt (@totalcuris on Twitter and Instagram) joins me to talk about his brand new book, Modern British Beer.  The book covers Matt's thoughts on what he calls "The Broad Spectrum of Joy" and his definition of Modern British Beer before taking in chapters on 86 beers from 86 different breweries around Britain. It's available now from CAMRA and all good Independent bookshops, bottle shops and craft breweries (especially those that are featured in the book). Also discussed is the beer brewed especially with Burning Sky, named after the chapter "The Broad Spectrum of Joy". Available soon from the brewery's web shop.
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