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A RISING TIDE

  A few days ago, I was sent an e-mail by a Head Brewer from a regional brewery commenting on the spate of exploding cans and product recalls that has hit the craft brewing industry recently.  One of his main … Continue reading

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Thornbridge 2016 – Casting Out

Well seeing as we are just about to turn off the steam generator for the last time before Christmas, I thought it was an opportune moment to sum up my year at Thornbridge. The biggest project this year was by … Continue reading

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Craft Lager versus Industrial Lager

These are two separate blog posts I just realised I forgot to post on here, originally published in the Brewers’ Journal.  Although they are actually two separate blog posts, they tie in quite nicely and emphasise the differences between mass … Continue reading

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World Beer Cup Awards

I have just returned from the World Beer Cup in Philly with my best haul of awards there to date as a head brewer and I still cannot still quite believe I pulled it off.   We won the Gold with … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Cask Beer

  When I moved to Thornbridge, I hadn’t really had any real experience of producing cask beer. I came from a brewing background of mainly Germanic styles, which were filtered, carbonated and packaged in keg or bottle format. I naively … Continue reading

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Brewery News 2016

  Given it’s the beginning of the year, I thought it was an opportune moment to let you know what myself and the rest of the brewing team are hoping to achieve in 2016. Arguably the most significant event of … Continue reading

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Sours and Fashion

If something is fashionable, I usually avoid it like the plague. I have to say I don’t think I would have started rock-climbing or brewing 20 years ago if they were as fashionable as they are today; rock-climbing is now full … Continue reading

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Hops and Flucloxacillin

Two weeks ago, my two year old son was prescribed a ten day course of antibiotics. The antibiotic in question was the most utterly disgusting, most bitter medicine I have ever had the misfortune of tasting. In fact it made … Continue reading

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Looking back at 2014, looking forward to 2015

It doesn’t seem that long ago I was asked to write a quick review of 2013, but it’s that time of year again when I look back on what we’ve been up to and let you know some of what … Continue reading

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English Imperial IPA

Just in case we weren’t busy enough with the run-up to the festive season, I was asked to produce a new beer for release in time for Christmas.  My team and I had a discussion and, after a bit of … Continue reading

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