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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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    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

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.

    From a Cold Store in an Apartment to Building Nigeria’s First Craft Brewery [with Bature Brewery]

    From a Cold Store in an Apartment to Building Nigeria’s First Craft Brewery [with Bature Brewery]

    From a cold store in an apartment that leaked into his neighbour’s flat below to building a second larger brewery in Lagos, Kevin Bature and co-founder James Turley set up Nigeria’s first craft brewery, Bature Brewery.

    With a vision to produce high quality beers in West Africa, Bature Brewery is a cross pollination of international ownership and is working towards giving its dedicated team of brewers and employees part ownership in the company.

    Bature Brewery has a deep commitment to Nigeria and its vast potential that explores every opportunity to show the possibilities of doing business in Nigeria, ethically, transparently and successfully.

    Having befriended Kevin earlier this year and worked on a project with him and fellow entrepreneur Emeka Eluemunor, I became fascinated with the story and journey Bature Brewery have been on over the last several years.

    Kevin and I caught up prior to Christmas 2020 to talk about why he relocated to Nigeria 11 years ago and committed to the country; how he and James set up and grew the brewery; the many challenges being a small brewery in Nigeria; and the impact craft beer and other artisanal businesses are having in West Africa.

    For more info about Bature Brewery, visit baturebrewery.com

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    Given that, as you’ll hear, we didn’t have any Bature Brewery beer on hand to sample during this episode, we crack open a can of Gweilo Beer Sudoku Golden Stout. Gweilo are a Hong Kong based brewery who are going global, partnering here in the UK with Vocation Brewery and are collaborating with a variety of breweries to deliver redefining beers.

    Sudoku Golden Stout and their other recent collaborations with Fierce Beer can be purchased online at gweilobeer.co.uk
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    This week’s show is sponsored by SSV Limited
    From tanks to full brewhouses SSV Limited have got you covered. In just five short years SSV Limited have established themselves as the go to partner to help you grow or launch your brewery.
    High quality tanks, parts, brewing kit and the knowledge and experience to ensure your project runs smoothly from beginning to completion.
    Their recently opened parts shop stocks well over 1000 essential brewing parts to keep your brewery up and running.
    Visit their website on www.ssvlimited.co.uk and check out their latest projects.
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    Find out more from Hop Forward and our partners…

    Follow is on Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn
    Visit hopforward.beer for more insights and a range of branding, marketing and business development services to help you and your beer business get ahead.
    Join our Facebook Community to connect with other industry professionals from across the globe
    Check out brewing-jobs.com for all the latest jobs and careers across the brewing and beverage industry

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Reality of a #BrewersLife [with Donncha Burke]

    The Reality of a #BrewersLife [with Donncha Burke]

    On the Hop Forward Podcast this week, we take a look over the past year and our experiences of the brewing industry throughout the global pandemic, before turning our attention to the story of brewer Donncha Bruke.

    Donncha has worked for a variety of brewers and has experienced a variety of ups and downs, including having to close a brewery, throughout his years of brewing beer.

    We hope you have a Hoppy Christmas and want to tank all our listeners for supporting the show!

    THIS WEEK’S EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY…TEP Machinery Movement
    TEP Machinery Movement’s fleet of lifting equipment, forklifts, and vehicles, coupled with their highly experienced team and extensive knowledge gained over 40 years means they can support you with all your equipment installation, removal, and movement requirements as well as providing support for your ongoing maintenance and repair access needs.

    Ensure your equipment is placed in the right location first time, every time – give TEP Machinery Movement a call today on 01937 558203.
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    Find out more from Hop Forward and our partners…

    Follow is on Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn
    Visit hopforward.beer for more insights and a range of branding, marketing and business development services to help you and your beer business get ahead.
    Join our Facebook Community to connect with other industry professionals from across the globe
    Check out brewing-jobs.com for all the latest jobs and careers across the brewing and beverage industry

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Why We Need Leadership and Personal Development in the Brewing and Beer Industry [with Christian Barden]

    Why We Need Leadership and Personal Development in the Brewing and Beer Industry [with Christian Barden]

    One of the privileges I had while working in the brewing industry is meeting and working with some fantastic individuals, one of which is Christian Barden from Kegstar.

    Coming from a background in brewing and hospitality working with companies such as Whitebread, AB InBev and Cott Beverages, along with active involvement in companies such as BrewBroker and Kegstar, Christian is an entrepreneur who is a keen advocate for creating a working culture that aims to get the best out of a team and maintain a healthy, dynamic, honest and open working environment.

    While this episode touches upon a few beer industry points, such as SBR and alcohol consumption, we mostly center our conversation on leadership skills, personal development and creating the kind of atmosphere and teams where people feel valued, known and rewarded fairly for their contributions.

    Personal development and betterment is key to hiring people, gracefully letting people move on, building a successful business, motivating people, understanding them, communicating clearly and well; the most successful businesses and organisations I’ve ever been privy to have leaders who embody both humanity - in its most virtuous sense - and draw the best out of people by challenging them.

    This conversation I had with Christian a few weeks back is a bit different than you may be used to on this podcast; in its simplest form, it’s two mates discussing a topic we’re both passionate about… but if you allow yourself to really think through what you’re hearing - to look at our own behaviors and mentality and take note - I think together we can build a better, brighter industry for everyone involved.

    You might not be into ‘all that “management crap”’ but if bettering yourself and building a healthy and dynamic team doesn’t have anything to do with brewing or being involved in a beer business, I genuinely don’t know what does!

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    This week’s show is sponsored by SSV Limited
    From tanks to full brewhouses SSV Limited have got you covered. In just five short years SSV Limited have established themselves as the go to partner to help you grow or launch your brewery.
    High quality tanks, parts, brewing kit and the knowledge and experience to ensure your project runs smoothly from beginning to completion.
    Their recently opened parts shop stocks well over 1000 essential brewing parts to keep your brewery up and running.
    Visit their website on www.ssvlimited.co.uk and check out their latest projects.
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    Find out more from Hop Forward and our partners…

    Follow is on Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn
    Visit hopforward.beer for more insights and a range of branding, marketing and business development services to help you and your beer business get ahead.
    Join our Facebook Community to connect with other industry professionals from across the globe
    Check out brewing-jobs.com for all the latest jobs and careers across the brewing and beverage industry

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Summoning up the Number of the Feast [with Leviathan Brewing]

    Summoning up the Number of the Feast [with Leviathan Brewing]

    Chris Hodgetts, founder of Levithan Brewing, worked in management consultancy for almost 20 years, often spending large portions of time away from home. As an avid beer lover, it was only after being diagnosed with cancer in 2017 that Chris decided to do something that would enable him to be at home with his family each night - brewing.

    Although Chris was given the all clear, in June 2018 he was struck with the bad news that his illness had returned. Still determined to turn his hand to running a commercial brewery around 5 months of successful treatment, Chris pushed on to make his dream a reality, buying a 5BBL brewhouse.

    Chris is unapologetic in his passion for music and beer. The look and feel of the labels blurs the lines between craft beer and vinyl artwork.

    In our discussion, we talk about everything from setting the brewery up, the challenges of scaling up from homebrew to commercial sized kit, Chris’s season of ill-health and take a deep dive into the world of music and beer, all to the soundtrack of trying and chatting about Chris’s beers.

    Hop Forward Podcast Exclusive...
    This week also includes the first play of Nick Law’s forthcoming single, Leave A Little Room, taken from his forthcoming album The Whispers and the Rumours of War, available Spring 2021.
    This Week’s Episode is Sponsored by...
    From tanks to full brewhouses SSV Limited have got you covered. SSV Limited have established themselves as the go to partner to help you grow your brewery.

    High quality tanks, parts, brewing kit coupled with the knowledge and experience to ensure your project runs smoothly from beginning to completion whether its equipment supply, fully turnkey or anything between.

    Their parts shop stocks well over 1000 essential brewing parts to keep your brewery up and running many available on next day delivery.

    Visit their website on www.ssvlimited.co.uk

    Find out more from Hop Forward and our partners…

    Follow is on Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn
    Visit hopforward.beer for more insights and a range of branding, marketing and business development services to help you and your beer business get ahead.
    Join our Facebook Community to connect with other industry professionals from across the globe
    Check out brewing-jobs.com for all the latest jobs and careers across the brewing and beverage industry

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Beers that Belong to the Land [with Duration Brewing]

    Beers that Belong to the Land [with Duration Brewing]

    There are countless stories of brewers, cider and wine makers across the world who have abandoned city life and the smell of smog for the countryside and the aroma of freshly malted barley and green hops.

    One such couple to take such a bold step are Miranda Hudson and Derek Bates, founders of Duration Brewing.

    Leaving a brewing post at Brew by Numbers and architects in London respectively, Bates and Miranda covered a majestic site in West Acre, Norfolk, rooted amongst the ruins of the 12 century priory.

    Duration is nestled in ancient woodlands midway along the Nar Valley Pilgrim Trail. In the ruins of an old priory and by the banks of a chalk river, with seasonal camping and a variety of accommodation close by.

    Having worked tirelessly on planning applications to convert a 16th century barn on a site that holds the same Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas protection as Stonehenge was a massive undertaking in and of itself, let alone the conversion and construction of the site from a derelict ruin to brewhouse containing a near-fully automated German brewhouse and all mod-cons while retaining its charm and character.

    Fortune favours the brave and Bates and Miranda brewed their first beer on 23rd October 2019.

    Beers such as the piney West Coast IPA, Remember When the Pub, and the juicy, soft, tropical APA called Turtles All The Way Down are a shining example of the quality that craft beer geeks and local residents alike could look forward to for many years to come.

    The future was looking bright.

    Then, Covid-19 would plunge the brewery into uncertainty. Times like this really are make or break for people, especially those who have put their heart and their soul and much on the line to accomplish their goals and see their vision fulfilled.

    In this recent conversation with Miranda, you’ll hear in detail about the challenges she and Bates have experienced over the years of putting together Duration. We discuss their story, their ethos, and share some experiences of pre and post covid times, while looking to a promising future and remaining thankful, regardless of the current circumstances.

    Perhaps things may not have transpired for Duration as they’d originally planned, but the best laid plans of mice and men can’t keep Miranda and Bates from doing it anyway…!

    This Week’s Episode is Sponsored by...
    TEP Machinery Movement’s fleet of lifting equipment, forklifts, and vehicles, coupled with their highly experienced team and extensive knowledge gained over 40 years means they can support you with all your equipment installation, removal, and movement requirements as well as providing support for your ongoing maintenance and repair access needs.

    Ensure your equipment is placed in the right location first time, every time – give TEP Machinery Movement a call today on +44(0)1937 558203.

    Find out more from Hop Forward and our partners…

    Follow is on Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn
    Visit hopforward.beer for more insights and a range of branding, marketing and business development services to help you and your beer business get ahead.
    Join our Facebook Community to connect with other industry professionals from across the globe
    Check out brewing-jobs.com for all the latest jobs and careers across the brewing and beverage industry

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Brewed with Music [with Signature Brew]

    Brewed with Music [with Signature Brew]

    This week on the Hop Forward Podcast we are talking all about beer and music with Sam McGregor from Signature Brew.

    Like many musicians, founders and cousins Sam and Tom left the touring circuit back in 2011 to set up Signature Brew with the same DIY spirit that most artists and musicians adopt to creating and releasing their records.

    Signature Brew channels the spirit and energy of live music into a brewery that stands for craftsmanship, artistry and passion, and has won us praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Kerrang!, NME and MTV as well as the wider UK beer press, the Morning Advertiser, The Independent and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.
    Whereas most breweries collaborate with other breweries, Signature Brew have teamed up with musicians including Mogwai, Alt-J, Slaves, Drs and Dynamite, and - most recently - The Darkness.
    Signature Brew are on a mission to bring great beer to music venues by promoting live music to the accompaniment of great beer.
    Hop Forward Podcast Exclusive...
    This week also includes the first play of Nick Law’s forthcoming single, Leave A Little Room, taken from his forthcoming album The Whispers and the Rumours of War, available Spring 2021.
    This Week’s Episode is Sponsored by...
    From tanks to full brewhouses SSV Limited have got you covered. SSV Limited have established themselves as the go to partner to help you grow your brewery.

    High quality tanks, parts, brewing kit coupled with the knowledge and experience to ensure your project runs smoothly from beginning to completion whether its equipment supply, fully turnkey or anything between.

    Their parts shop stocks well over 1000 essential brewing parts to keep your brewery up and running many available on next day delivery.

    Visit their website on www.ssvlimited.co.uk

    Find out more from Hop Forward and our partners…

    Follow is on Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn
    Visit hopforward.beer for more insights and a range of branding, marketing and business development services to help you and your beer business get ahead.
    Join our Facebook Community to connect with other industry professionals from across the globe
    Check out brewing-jobs.com for all the latest jobs and careers across the brewing and beverage industry

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

DanLaw1986 ,

Insightful

Have found these podcasts to be an invaluable insight into to the brewery industry. As a home brewer flirting on wanting to go commercial, they have been helpful in giving the confidence needed to proceed and the reality check of the real #brewerslife

Dkn321 ,

Brewing Brilliance

I found this after looking for UK based beer podcasts, as I was finding the US ones a tad un-relatable in some aspects. The discussions with breweries are fantastic, really insightful and help the humble home brewers (myself) understand the complexities of proper beer making! The only reason I haven’t given this five stars is that a bit more content on homebrewing would (for me) make this a complete/holistic view on the craft beer scene, but otherwise well done.

Griff479 ,

Great podcast

Randomly stumbled across this podcast. Well presented, interesting and very informative- a great listen for all home brewers 5⭐️

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