This Week in Craft Beer
By Rob Cheshire
This Week in Craft BeerMar 28, 2022
Episode 181 - Pressure Drop Brewing
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Ben from Pressure Drop Brewing based in North London.
Pressure Drop started life in 2012 in Hackney Garden Shed, and have been on a journey of Pale Fire, railway arches and daft forklift jokes, winding their way to their current home in Tottenham, which is where we are recording from today.
Pressure Drop has become known for juicy New England Style beers, but they also love to produce everything from crisp lagers to rich and luxurious stouts. As long as it tastes good, they will give it a go!
Episode 180 - Baron Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Jack from Baron Brewing based in East Hertfordshire.
Baron Brewing is a playground for beer, with an ever-changing range made for the fun and the love of the process. The next beer will be the best beer!
Episode 179 - Delphic Brewing Co.
Join me for a fun chat with Tom, recorded in-person in Central Newbury at what will soon be the new Delphic Brewery and Taproom!
Episode 178 - Emperor's Brewery
I am delighted to welcome to Podcast Damian from Emperor's Brewery, based in the East Midlands.
Episode 177 - Verdant Brewing Co.
Welcome to the Podcast, James from Verdant Brewing Co.
Episode 176 - Pastore Brewing 2023 Update
It was great to catch-up again with Chris from Pastore!
Episode 175 - Drop Project 2023 Update
Join me for a fun chat with Joe and Will from Drop Project, as they announce their exciting growth plans.
Episode 174 - BMAN Brewery
Join me for a fun chat with Alex, owner of BMAN Brewery in Oxford.
Episode 173 - Derby Beer Con
Join me as I chat with Tom Ainsley about both Derby Beer Con and the latest news from Neon Raptor.
Episode 172 - Pentrich Brew Co. - 2023 Update
We catch up with Joe and Ryan from Pentrich recorded in-person at the Alex Hotel, on the eve of Derby Beer Con!
Episode 171 - Stannary Brewing Co. - 2023 Update
Join me for a fun catch-up with Garry, Chris and Mark at Stannary, as they put the finishing touches to their exciting new premises!
Episode 170 - Holy Goat 2023 Update
It was great to catch up again with Holy Goat founder Johnny Horn!
Episode 169 - Dark Revolution Brewery
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Greg from Dark Revolution based near Salisbury.
Dark Revolution was launched in 2015, with a simple aspiration to make World class beer. Beer that they can be fiercely proud of and hopefully enjoyed by other beer enthusiasts.
Episode 168 - The Grumpy Goat
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Anne-Marie from The Grumpy Goat in Reading.
The Grumpy Goat opened in the quirky Harris Arcade near Reading station in 2013, in a tiny unit, where swinging a cat would have been very hazardous to the brilliant stocks of bottles, cans and cheeses!
In Oct 2020, during the darkest days of COVID, they took the opportunity to move into a much larger shop unit, in Union Street, just off Reading's main pedestrianised shopping street. The new unit enabled a much larger stock of beers, wines and spirits, and also a significant expansion of the Deli side of the business.
Finally, and most exciting of all, in August 2022, the Goat Tap was opened above the shop, which is where we are recording from today.
Episode 167 - Disruption IS Brewing
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Conor from Disruption IS Brewing based in Camberley.
Conor's father Chris bought Ascot Brewing in 2017, whilst Conor was living in Toronto, becoming enamoured with the amazing Canadian Craft Beer Scene.
When Conor returned to the UK in 2019 father and son decided to launch a Craft focused arm of the business, and Disruption IS Brewing came to life, with a mission of Changing Beer For The Better!
Episode 166 - Firebrand Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Joe from Firebrand Brewing based in Launceston, Cornwall.
Firebrand was launched in 2008, in a converted milking parlour, on the untamed edge of Bodmin Moor in North Cornwall. The focus is their passion for beer made from all natural ingredients, Cornish spring water and American hops.
Episode 165 - Sureshot Brew Co. - 2023 Update
I am delighted to welcome to The Podcast, James Campbell from Sureshot Brewing Co based in Manchester.
Founded in 2020, Sureshot Brewing has been a long term project of James Campbell. Everyone with a bitter taste in their mouth knows James. A serial head brewer at some of Manchester’s most respected independent breweries, and pioneer of the best in new world styles and hops to the UK. James has been instrumental in the development of new wave British brewing over the last decade (and then some).
Episode 164 - Three Nations Dispense Ltd
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, James from Three Nations Dispense based in South Wales.
Three Nations are passionate about helping pubs and restaurants supply a carefully curated draft drinks offering, from a choice of brands to unique dispensing systems, with a goal of having as many free of tie hospitality outlets in the UK as possible.
Episode 163 - Mysterious Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Adam and Ken from Mysterious Brewing based in North Hampshire.
Mysterious was launched in 2023, and they have a passion for small batch flavourful beers, craftily blurring the lines between traditional and modern, creating hop-forward, aroma-rich styles.
Episode 162 - Turning Point Brew Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Cameron from Turning Point Brew Co. based in Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.
Turning Point was launched in 2017, and they have grown to become a small team of beer lovers with a clear mission: Brew their favourite beers and have a good time! https://www.turningpointbrewco.com/
Episode 161 - Great Beyond Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, John from Great Beyond Brewing Co. based in Hoxton, East London.
Great Beyond was launched in 2022, by three beer loving friends and experienced brewers, Ollie, Nick and John. Their brewing emphasises quality, sustainability and creativity. They're passionate about combining the best ingredients and techniques to produce beers that inspire and delight their customers.
Episode 160 - Lauter Bottle Shop/BrewCon
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Simon from Lauter Bottleshop based in Falmouth.
Simon has run Brewcon, the UK's largest beer and brewing conference since 2017, and he launched Lauter in 2021, following a successful Crowdfunder.
Episode 159 - Langham Brewery
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Lesley, Sal and Fran from Langham Brewery based on the beautiful South Downs in West Sussex.
Langham was launched in 2005, and operate a steam-heated brewery with the goal of producing innovative, distinctive and flavoursome beers using the finest quality ingredients.
Episode 158 - Southsea Brewery 2023 Update
Rob chatted with Dave for a South-Coast catch-up.
Episode 157 - New Bristol Brewery
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Tom from New Bristol Brewery.
New Bristol was launched in 2013 by husband and wife team Maria and Noel James, and have developed a strong reputation for brewing modern juicy IPAs, fruity Sours and indulgent Stouts.
Episode 156 - Indie Rabble Brewing Company
We are delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Alex, Ally, Naomi & Dave from Indie Rabble Brewing Co. based in Windsor.
Indie Rabble is the latest addition to Dave and Naomi Haywood's award winning Craft Beer empire. The owners of the 'A Hoppy Place' Taprooms have teamed up with celebrated brewer Alex Rowlands and his partner Ally to launch Indie Rabble in a railway arch on the burgeoning Windsor Beer Mile.
The Taproom is expected to open in August, with the brewery opening shortly afterwards.
Episode 155 - Brewser
We are delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Olly & Lewis from Brewser.
Brewser is the brand-new way to explore craft beer. It’s the first beer subscription that puts you in control, and delivers the freshest craft beer from the breweries you choose.
Episode 154 - UnBarred Brewery 2023 Update
Join me as I catch-up with Jordan whilst tasting two very big and impressive new beer releases!
Episode 153 - Full Circle Brew Co. 2023 Update
I am delighted to welcome back to the Podcast Ben and Alex from Full Circle, based in Newcastle. https://www.fullcirclebrew.co.uk/
Episode 152 - Attic Brewing Co. 2023 Update
I am delighted to welcome back to the Podcast Oli from Attic, based in Stirchley, just South of Birmingham.
Episode 151 - Makemake Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Marc from Makemake Brewery based in Portsmouth.
Makemake started in 2018 as gypsy brewers, followed by a residency at the Greenwich Brewpub in Southsea, before establishing their own premises in Portsmouth in 2021, assisted by a crowdfunder. https://makemakebeer.myshopify.com/
Episode 150 - We Are Beer
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Tom from We Are Beer, the Company that organises the UK's Leading Independent Craft Beer Festivals. https://wearebeer.com/
Episode 149 - Beak Brewery 2023 Update
Episode 148 - Rivington Brewery - 2023 Update
Join me as I catch up with Ben from Rivington for the first time in almost two years.
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Episode 147 - Pollys Brew Co. - 2023 Update
Join me as I catch up with Arron at Pollys for the first time in almost two years.
Episode 146 - Two Flints Brewery
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Alex (and Brett) from Two Flints Brewery based in Windsor.
Two Flints is a brand new brewery and taproom, opened in a traditional railway arch, just a stone's throw from Windsor Castle, and it was my pleasure to record in their superb new taproom.
Episode 145 - Brew York Brewing Co. 2023 Update
Join me as I catch up with Brew York Co-founder Lee Grabham, on the eve of their seventh Birthday Celebrations.
Episode 144 - Staggeringly Good Brewing Co. 2023 Update
Episode 143 - Duration Brewing Co. 2023 Update
Episode 142 - Twisted Wheel Brew Co. 2023 Update
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Anthony from Twisted Wheel Brewery, based in Chorley.
Two weeks before Christmas 2022, Twisted Wheel Brewery was shuttered by HMRC due to substantial unpaid duty and VAT bills. This came as a huge shock to Anthony, who was as busy as he had ever been, brewing great modern Craft Beers.
Join me as I chat to Anthony about this painful experience, and hear how he is in the process of rescuing the Brewery, with the help of the amazing Northwest Craft Beer Community.
Episode 141 - Left Handed Giant
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Bruce from Left Handed Giant based in Bristol.
Left Handed Giant originally started with a beer handed across to Small Bar owners Bruce Gray and Jack Granger. The beer was made by Rich Poole, who eventually set-up shop on on a small kit in the back of the same bar, fermenting the thought of a cuckoo brewery that became Left Handed Giant.
From its start in 2014, the brewery grew in stages, first by securing its own premises in the summer of 2017, and more recently in the latter part of 2019 a second, flagship location of a brewpub based in the centre of Bristol in Finzels Reach, overlooking the harbour off the River Avon.
Episode 140 - Liquid Light Brew Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Thom from Liquid Light Brew Co based in Nottingham.
Liquid Light was founded by Thom in 2017, with a focus on combining his love for beer and music.
Initially brewing on a nano-kit in his garden shed, Thom progressed to cuckoo brewing at Magpie Brewery for a while, before establishing his own Brewery and Taproom in June 2021 in the Sneinton suburb of Nottingham.
Episode 139 - Boscombe Brewery
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Jarrod from Boscombe Brewing based in Bournemouth.
Founded in 2020, Boscombe Brewing Company is the brainchild of Head Brewer Jarrod. Originally from Massachusetts, he has lived in Bournemouth for twelve years.
Boscombe's beers are vegan with no additives or preservatives, making beer the traditional way for the 21st century customer.
From Boston to Boscombe, they think you'll love their beer!
Episode 138 - Round Corner Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Lara and Combie from Round Corner Brewing based in Melton Mowbray.
Round Corner was founded in 2018, based at the historic Melton Mowbray Market, the UK's rural capital of food, dating back 1000 years to the Domesday Book.
Round Corner believe craft beer is all about the relentless pursuit of perfection, and they seek to brew the best example of every beer style they approach. Their high standards are paying off the awards and accolades keep coming, year on year.
Episode 137 - Crop Beer Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Don from Crop Beer based in Southsea.
Don honed his craft at both Dig Brew and Tap It, before launching Crop in 2021, initially contract brewing, before taking on the brewery at the Greenwich in Southsea, Portsmouth.
Crop is passionate about innovation as a constant, and if that means breaking things because they push them to far, well that’ll be lessons learned. At Crop they don’t brew by the rules, they bend them to the limit and make new ones that suit them.
Episode 136 - Little Monster 2022 Update
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Brenden from Little Monster Brewing based in Chichester, West Sussex.
Brenden launched Little Monster in Jan 2018 initially as a gypsy brewery, before opening his own Brewery in February this year just outside Chichester.
Episode 135 - DEYA Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Gareth from DEYA Brewing Co. based in Cheltenham.
DEYA was founded by Theo Freyn in 2015 following the completion of his Masters in Brewing at Heriot Watt.
Having become obsessed with American beer and beer culture, Theo began perfecting the recipe for Steady Rolling Man, initially as a homebrewer, before taking on DEYAs first commercial unit in Cheltenham.
Gareth Moore joined DEYA as Head Brewer in 2016, and DEYA were then on a fast-track to the position they hold today as one of the most celebrated Craft Brewers in Europe.
Episode 134 - Radio City Beer Works
I am delighted to welcome to the Podcast, Dan from Radio City Beer Works based in Chelmsford.
Dan has been an Essex Beer Enthusiast for many years, and he organised the first ever keg bar at the CAMRA's Chelmsford Festival in 2017, which sparked the idea for Radio City.
Dan's biggest challenge is time. Like many who start out in this industry, the brewery is run on the side of a full time career, and with a focus on quality, they will be producing new beers initially at a slow pace.
In July of this year, Radio City took a huge leap forward, opening Radio City Social, which is the fabulous railway arch Taproom in Central Chelmsford where we are recording live today!
Episode 133 - Drop Project Brew Co. - 2022 Update
I am delighted to welcome back to the podcast Joe from Drop Project Brewing in Mitcham, Surrey.
Drop Project was launched in 2019 by Joe, Will and JT, inspired by their love of the outdoors and enjoying nature to the max. Drop Project brew fantastic modern Craft Beers with an Eco conscious mindset, attempting to create as little a negative impact on the world as possible when brewing.
Episode 132 - Cloudwater Brew Co. - 2022 Update
I am delighted to welcome back to the podcast Paul Jones from Cloudwater Brew Co. based in Manchester.
Paul launched Cloudwater in Feb 2015 to champion beer quality through their focus on balance, precision, creativity, and brewing science. Cloudwater have a stated commitment that behind every beer is work to evolve, develop, educate, and ensure the future of the industry and your beer experiences reach the highest highs.
Last Autumn Paul was the guest on Episode 85 of our Podcast which was significantly our most downloaded Episode to date, and it is a privilege to be sitting down with Paul again one year later!