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Hop Forward is a weekly podcast dedicated to the craft beer industry. Ranging from interviews, discussions and stories from a variety of brewers and entrepreneurs within the beer industry, to a variety of topics from founder and host - Nick Law - about starting, scaling and sustaining your own ventures, Hop Forward is here to help you get ahead with your beers, brand and business.

Hop Forward: Getting You Ahead in the Brewing and Beer Business Nick Law

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Hop Forward is a weekly podcast dedicated to the craft beer industry. Ranging from interviews, discussions and stories from a variety of brewers and entrepreneurs within the beer industry, to a variety of topics from founder and host - Nick Law - about starting, scaling and sustaining your own ventures, Hop Forward is here to help you get ahead with your beers, brand and business.

    David Laird is the Bearded Beer Baron

    David Laird is the Bearded Beer Baron

    Coming from a traditional sales background where he learned the ropes, David Laird - also known as the Bearded Beer Baron - moved into the beer industry working for Beer52, helping to retain customers and develop and grow Ferment magazine.

    Having done a stint at Cara Technology - working with yeast - David is now a consultant working with brands such as Flavourly and breweries like Loch Lomond up in Scotland to develop their offering and increase their sales.

    In this episode we look at everything from beer subscription models and mail order, the challenges that many brewers face when it comes to sales, and take a general look over the industry as it stands today at the start of a brand new decade.
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    Today’s show is sponsored by Premier Systems, creators of BrewMan, the UK’s No.1 brewery management software, used by over 200 breweries and distilleries of all sizes.

    The end-to-end system covers all back office functions such as CRM, stock control, distribution, cask tracking, reporting, raw material purchase ordering and traceability. BrewMan helps brewers focus on making great beer, not doing paperwork.

    BrewMan is a cloud-based subscription service with no long term contracts or any upfront set up fees and starts from just £20 a month. If you would like more information about BrewMan, or book a demo of the software, please get in touch at +44(0)2380 811 100, email at sales@premiersystems.com or visit premiersystems.com
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    Follow us on social media hopforward.beer to find out how we can get you ahead in the brewing and beer business through brand development, digital marketing, and brewery and business consultancy.

    • 49 min
    The Future of British Beer [Looking Ahead with Jonny Garrett]

    The Future of British Beer [Looking Ahead with Jonny Garrett]

    As an industry, we’ve come a long way over the past 10 years. But at the start of a new decade, there's no denying that British beer has a tough job ahead of it.

    Whereas many of the slogans and marketing phrases that small, independent brewers used to pride themselves are now, sadly, meaningless; and as consumer demand for newer, bolder, wilder and more extreme beers only increases, solely relying on brewing a ‘great product’ and ‘letting the beer talk for itself’ simply won’t cut the mustard anymore.

    This week, we're joined by beer writer and host of the Craft Beer Channel, Jonny Garrett, to discuss what lies in store for the future of British beer as we head in the roaring 20's.

    Nick and Jonny talk about everything from GMO yeasts, the implications of Brexit, which brewers will be vulnerable to the market changes, and why marketing will be more important than ever for brewers looking to distinguish themselves in an ever crowded landscape.

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    Today's show is sponsored by Premier Systems, creators of BrewMan, the UK’s No.1 brewery management software, used by over 200 breweries and distilleries of all sizes.

    The end-to-end system covers all back office functions such as CRM, stock control, distribution, cask tracking, reporting, raw material purchase ordering and traceability. BrewMan helps brewers focus on making great beer, not doing paperwork.

    BrewMan is a cloud-based subscription service with no long term contracts or any upfront set up fees and starts from just £20 a month. If you would like more information about BrewMan, or book a demo of the software, please get in touch at +44(0)2380 811 100, email at sales@premiersystems.com or visit premiersystems.com
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Hoppy Christmas [A Festive Message from Nick Law]

    Hoppy Christmas [A Festive Message from Nick Law]

    HOPPY CHRISTMAS everybody! We'll be taking a short break over the festive period for some much needed rest, time to regroup and let the creative juices flow again, and tuck into a bottle of 2018's Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

    In this short mini-episode, Nick shares a few pearls of wisdom from his experience in the beer industry over Christmas time, and several things to look forward to in 2020 with Hop Forward.

    Merry Christmas!

    • 4 min
    Blue Christmas [A Taste of Tradition with Sheffield's Bradfield Brewery]

    Blue Christmas [A Taste of Tradition with Sheffield's Bradfield Brewery]

    After seeing a decline in milk sales from local customers and being hit hard by supermarket pricing, the Sheffield born and bred Gill family looked for an alternative to dairy farming, including furniture making. In an epiphany moment, they decided to take their love of beer, sell their cattle and, in 2005, with help of government funding, start Bradfield Brewery.

    Since then, Bradfield Brewery has become a much loved institution both in Sheffield and regions reaching up the North coast and down into the heart of the midlands.

    Their beers may not be dry hopped within an inch of their life, you can guarantee that you’ll be served a crystal clear pint of traditional cask ale with a thick creamy head that displays beautiful lacing all the way down the glass; as appealing to the eye as it is to the pallet when you return for a third of fourth pint.

    Around the festive season every year, Belgium Blue - a traditional bitter infused with elderberries - has become one of Sheffield’s most consumed beers.

    Deliciously velvety in colour with a slight residual sweetness balanced beautifully with fruity tartness, the beer - named after a breed of cow - is now one of the hallmarks to kick start the festive season.

    And while their beers may not appeal to the Untappd massive, they’ve won countless awards over the years and continue to dominate tap handles in both metropolitan and country pubs.

    We recently caught up with Jon Gill and Jackie Helliwell from the brewery to talk all about what makes the taste of tradition a success in today’s beer market.

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    Today's episode is sponsored by Ecokeg - the strongest, most versatile and eco –friendly one way keg on the market today.

    Ecokegs can be racked just like a cask or counter pressure filled like any traditional steel kegs.

    Made in the UK using 70% recycled materials and fully recyclable to industrial recyclers, they can be 100% recycled by Ecokeg themselves into new kegs, they also offer free collection for empty Ecokegs.

    Used extensively across the brewing industry by cask brewers looking to access the keg market without needing any expensive equipment, as well as macro/micro brewers distributing across the UK and throughout the rest of the world, particularly because they are available in not only Sankey valves but Grundy, A and D type also.

    For more information you can speak directly to Lewis on 01656 725799 or email info@ecokeg.com, or visit ecokeg.com

    • 44 min
    Beer Art & Branding [Lewy Lewy on Beer Illustrations]

    Beer Art & Branding [Lewy Lewy on Beer Illustrations]

    Hailing from Barnsley, South Yorkshire (UK), beer illustrator and artist Lewy Lewy discusses what it takes to create bespoke artwork for craft breweries in this week's episode of the Hop Forward Podcast.

    Having undertaken an art degree in Birmingham, Lewis Ryan moved into a role as a creative director for a marketing firm before realising his passion lay with illustrating for breweries and musicians.

    Lewy took the jump by creating a stunning portfolio of work and connecting with breweries through Brew Dog's bars, getting his first big break with Sheffield's Abbeydale Brewery.

    Since then, his designs have become hot property, working with companies such as London's Hammerton Brewery and Rock Leopard, as well as Oslo based brewery, Amundsen Bryggeri .

    If you've never encountered his artwork before, head over to www.lewisryanart.com and check out www.hopforward.beer/podcast to see some of the rough sketches.

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    Today's episode is sponsored by Ecokeg - the strongest, most versatile and eco –friendly one way keg on the market today.

    Ecokegs can be racked just like a cask or counter pressure filled like any traditional steel kegs.

    Made in the UK using 70% recycled materials and fully recyclable to industrial recyclers, they can be 100% recycled by Ecokeg themselves into new kegs, they also offer free collection for empty Ecokegs.

    Used extensively across the brewing industry by cask brewers looking to access the keg market without needing any expensive equipment, as well as macro/micro brewers distributing across the UK and throughout the rest of the world, particularly because they are available in not only Sankey valves but Grundy, A and D type also.

    For more information you can speak directly to Lewis on 01656 725799 or email info@ecokeg.com, or visit ecokeg.com

    • 43 min
    50 Episodes...? That's One More Than 49! [Nick & Paddy hit Torrside SmokeFest]

    50 Episodes...? That's One More Than 49! [Nick & Paddy hit Torrside SmokeFest]

    “50 episodes? That’s one more than 49!” observes The Sheffield Brewery Company’s Paddy Spencer in this week’s anniversary episode of the Hop Forward Podcast.

    To celebrate episode 50, Nick and guest presenter Paddy Spencer travel deep into the rolling hills of Derbyshire for an extended episode, sampling smoked beers at Torrside Brewing’s annual Smokefest, catching up with Peter from the small team to chat about the history of smoked beers and his take on the wider industry today.

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    Today's episode is sponsored by Ecokeg - the strongest, most versatile and eco –friendly one way keg on the market today.

    Ecokegs can be racked just like a cask or counter pressure filled like any traditional steel kegs.

    Made in the UK using 70% recycled materials and fully recyclable to industrial recyclers, they can be 100% recycled by Ecokeg themselves into new kegs, they also offer free collection for empty Ecokegs.

    Used extensively across the brewing industry by cask brewers looking to access the keg market without needing any expensive equipment, as well as macro/micro brewers distributing across the UK and throughout the rest of the world, particularly because they are available in not only Sankey valves but Grundy, A and D type also.

    For more information you can speak directly to Lewis on 01656 725799 or email info@ecokeg.com, or visit ecokeg.com

    • 1 hr 40 min

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