Friday 29 May 2020

Leasing A Pub - at tale for all microbrewers



Looking at setting up a microbrewery?

If you look at the fall out in the brewing industry the latest brewing news shows how important pubs are to the survival of microbreweries.  You only have to scan the latest brewing news headlines to discover that Marstons has had to join forces with Carlsberg and cede control of their brewing interests to effectively save their pubs.  The impact of the brewing merger which will create a £780 million pound brewing heavy weight which may not be good for brewing jobs but good for the new microbrewery business that will access to Marstons estate of pubs and restaurants.  For time in memorial brewers have been inextricably linked to pubs and visa virsa.  This deal recognises the commercial realities that all microbreweries need a route to market for their beers.

Should brewers be looking at leasing pub?

Every microbrewery needs a pub/micropub and at the very least a tap room.  The financial attraction of having a way of directly selling your beer direct to the consumer rather than through the trade is a must for any microbrewery looking to set up.  The commercial logic is clear that the brewery can make double margins on their beer as both the producer and then the pub retailer.  If you are looking at setting up a microbrewery then I would consider leasing a pub at the same time or in association with another party.

Sunday 1 December 2019

Brew-School Vouchers - the Perfect Gift

Beer Brewing Courses

 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.


Setting Up A Microbrewery or Nanobrewery

 They me even harbour a dream of going on and even setting up their own micro brewery and brewing beer as a living.  If you don't want to remortgage the house but still have an idea to set up your own tiny brewery.  Why not think about setting up a nanobrewery.


Beer Brewing Experience Day

Does your love one want to experience what it's like to work in a real live working microbrewery?  Then our Brew With A Brewer beer brewing experience day gives them to work with a brewer and experience up close what it's like to work in microbrewery for the day.


Advanced Beer Brewing Course

If the brewer in your life is just looking at upskilling themselves and improving their brwewing knowledge then why not consider one of our one day Advanced Brewing Skills course?  The course takes you through the intricacies of beer recipe developing looking at in detail your malt bill and how to create an award winning beer.


The Perfect Beer Brewing Gifts - undecided?

Are you not sure on the ideal brewing gift for the brewer in your life?  Don't worry... we can provide you with an open Beer Brewing Gift Voucher to any value which is valid up to 12 months to allow the recipient to decide on the exact brewing course and date convenient to them.

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' 

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Brewing Trainee Program - Canada

Brewery Trainee Program (BTP)-18014625
Job Function: Talent Programs Primary Location: Canada
Schedule: Full-time Job Type:Permanent
Posting Date:Aug 31, 2018

About the Brewing Company

For more than 160 years, Labatt has created enduring bonds with consumers as they share memorable experiences while enjoying iconic brands like Alexander Keith’s, Labatt Blue, Budweiser and Stella Artois.

Labatt employees share the dream of becoming the best, most profitable beer company in a better world with their Anheuser-Busch InBev colleagues worldwide. From Newfoundland to British Columbia, Labatt’s 3,000 employees brew about 60 local and world-known beers. Anheuser-Busch InBev is the leading global brewer, managing a portfolio of more than 200 brands. 

Brewing Job Description

At Labatt we offer unlimited career development, the opportunity to act like an owner every day and a work environment that encourages you to step out of your comfort zone. We are one of Canada’s Top 100 employers for 2018 and we want people who think disruptively, challenge the status quo and want to WIN.

Are you ready to quench your thirst for brewing success?

Our Supply group is responsible for brewing, packaging and shipping the famous Budweiser beer. They also oversee aluminum can manufacturing, barley fields, hop farms and a rice mill. Paramount in all of this is a commitment to safety above all else and social responsibility. 99.8% of everything that enters our breweries is either completely used in the process or recycled.

This 3-month rotational includes the following breakdown with exact locations to be decided closer to the August 2019 start date:

    •    (2 weeks) On-boarding: Canada induction & project Assignment 

    •    (4 weeks) Zone Supply On boarding: Seed to Sip, Voyager Plant Optimization Forever Training 

    •    (4 weeks) Department Rotation: Deep dive into People, Brewing, Packaging and Quality 

    •    (1 weeks) Pack Tech Training at Zone Head Quarters 

    •    (Final Week) Prepare for first role/ placement & project presentation 

Typical first position upon completion of rotational program: Group Manager (Packaging, Logistics, Brewing)

To apply for this brewery development program

To get qualified with an internationally recognised beer brewing course

Wednesday 11 April 2018

UK Microbreweries to hit 10,000 in 5 years

We have been riding a wave of expansion in the number of microbreweries over the last 15 years but can the numbers continue to rise?

Many people in the industry are predicting an almighty crash after such a dramatic boom with the number of UK microbreweries surging past the 2000 mark.

For those that are still thinking about it here is some advice on microbrewery set up and here is a piece I've written recently suggesting that we are only at the start of an artisan revival of very small scale commercial brewing back to the original historic routes of brewing where every pub was a brewery.  This means that far from the boom in new microbreweries being over it could mean that the real boom in microbrewery numbers has only just begun.

Beer Brewing Courses

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Brew Pub Opportunity - Microbrewery

Are you looking for a brew pub?  This could be the ideal way of running your own pub and brewery by taking over an existing business resulting from a retirement sale.   In the brewers own words:

Hi, I'm Andy Pickering, I own and operate the oldest brewpub combining the second oldest brewery in South Yorkshire based near Doncaster.

I have run the place for 30 years and on reaching 60, I have decided to semi-retire.
I am freehold so I could sell the equipment and premises but would prefer to see someone else carry it on if that were feasible. 
I wouldn't be looking for a prohibitive rent ( if that were to be a better option than sale) as I appreciate the difficulties faced, but for fresh people with new ideas I am convinced there is an opportunity  superior to the usual model of renting premises on an industrial estate, investing heavily in equipment and six months down the line looking desperately for an outlet, we have them all rolled into one.  There would need to be some changes to bring things to a more modern spec, I would assume there would be scope for profitable benefits all round.

If you are interested in a chat. please drop me a line.  I can best be contacted on the current email address:

Looking to set up your own brewpub?

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Microbrewery to rent

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

Tuesday 4 April 2017

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

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!