153 episodes

Hop Forward is a biweekly podcast dedicated to the craft beer industry. Including both interviews, discussions and stories from a range of brewers and entrepreneurs within the industry, to advice from founder and host, Nick Law, about starting, scaling and sustaining your own ventures, the Hop Forward podcast 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

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

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

    Fermenting Thoughts: Why are Sierra Nevada focusing their marketing efforts on IPA? (And should we?)

    Fermenting Thoughts: Why are Sierra Nevada focusing their marketing efforts on IPA? (And should we?)

    A recent article from Paste Magazine called Iconic Craft Breweries Are Completely Surrendering to IPA Dominance has divided opinion on IPAs in discussions online amongst beer lovers.As someone who has a love-hate relationship with IPAs (mostly Hazy IPAs using Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic that look and taste like the next Hazy IPA), this article got me thinking about the nature of marketing IPAs, why we brew them more than anything else, and how lager fits into it all.Maybe there's room for breweries out there to swim upstream and focus their energies on dark beers, such as Anspach & Hobday's London Dark.Either way, these are my fermenting thoughts on IPA and whether too should be taking a leaf our of Sierra Nevada's book and mainly pushing them to our customers.Follow Hop Forward on Social MediaFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

    • 14 min
    Is Small the Next BIG Thing...? [Looking at the Viability of a Nanobrewery/Brewpub Model]

    Is Small the Next BIG Thing...? [Looking at the Viability of a Nanobrewery/Brewpub Model]

    This week on the Hop Forward Podcast we’re asking the question, ‘Is small the next BIG thing?’ when it comes to owning and operating a brewery.  We catch up with David Eastwood from Southsea Brewing Company and Mathew Bould from Brewis Beer Co based in Amble, UK, to talk about nano-breweries and brew-pub models as a viable alternative to large-pack production sized breweries.In a climate where breweries are struggling to make ends meet, will we see more brew-pubs open up as keen homebrewers look to turn pro?We ask questions about longevity and sustainability on such a small scale, how to find a suitable location, look at the advantages and disadvantages, and even whether branding plays much of a roll when you’re selling beer made in-house to customers who are attracted first and foremost to the venue and the liquid more than the branding on the beer.Partly, these discussions were birthed out of my own research for starting an Emmanuales beer cafe, The Everlasting Arms, and business planning.  Therefore, these conversations were edited with any references to specific financial details removed.Find out more about the breweries we talked to here:Southsea Brewing Company southseabrewing.co.ukBrewis Beer Co brewisbeer.co.ukFollow Hop Forward on Social MediaFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Monks, Mystics and Mashing In: The Story of Tynt Meadow

    Monks, Mystics and Mashing In: The Story of Tynt Meadow

    Brewer and Brother at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, Fr Mateusz, often says that people know more about the surface of the moon than they do about monks.Nestled away in the idlic Leicestershire countryside amongst the rolling hills is Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, a monastery founded in 1835 on land provided by Ambrose de Lisle, who was eager to re-introduce monastic life into the United Kingdom.As time went by, farming - the principle activity and source of income for the Brothers - became increasingly difficult to the point where the monks needed to explore new ways to generate an income to sustain their life and rhythms of prayer and worship.The natural choice was to start a brewery.Since 2018, Tynt Meadow have produced batch after batch of their authenticated Trappist beer:  a mahogany-coloured Dubbel with a subtle, warm red hue, and a lasting beige head.  Its aroma carries hints of dark chocolate, liquorice, and rich fruit flavours.In this episode, we visited Tynt Meadow and met both Peter Grady - the Brewery and Operations Manager - for a tour of the brewhouse and Fr Mateusz, a Brother and brewer of the beer, to discuss the rich history of the monks and abbey, the brewing process and how spirituality and brewing are interconnected at the abbey.This is a lengthy episode that straddles the lines between brewing technical knowledge, the story and history of the monastery, and themes about the Christian faith, spirituality and practises.  The discussion featuring Fr Mateusz begins at 51 minute mark.FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BEERDownload the recipe | Buy the beer | Follow EmmanualesTODAY'S EPISODE OF THE HOP FORWARD PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY:Bespoke Brewing Solutions designs and manufactures equipment that allows breweries to produce high-quality craft beverages with increased cost-effectiveness and faster turnaround times.The BBS team has 8 years of solid teamwork together and 10+ years of experience in manufacturing brewing equipment. BBS now has representatives around the world in America, Australia, New Zealand, and, of course, China.Having a team in China that speaks the local language allows BBS to oversee all aspects of their client's projects, from initial layout designs all the way through to equipment testing before shipping.BBS has equipment represented in 16 countries, which means they’ve sourced equipment and designed brewhouse configurations for every type of brewery you can imagine, in every situation.BBS also offers consulting services, from brewery commissioning, recipe formulation, and equipment training on brew day, to the packaging of your finished product.If you’ve never started a brewery before, they are here to help. If you’re an experienced brewer, they speak your language.Visit bespokebrewingsolutions.com to get in touch with one of the team to discuss your project ideas and show you the bespoke way.Follow Hop Forward on Social MediaFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Fermenting Thoughts: How to Get Your Beer Business Ahead of the Crowd

    Fermenting Thoughts: How to Get Your Beer Business Ahead of the Crowd

    This week, my Fermenting Thoughts are taken from a seminar I ran at SIBA Beer X in Liverpool, March 2022, called 'Brewery Marketing: How to Get Your Beer Buisness Ahead of the Crowd'.We explore everything from how marketing should start with being human right through to crafting a compelling story that will enable consumers to tap into your brand and narrative with integrity.You can download the slides from the presentation here.  If you want to discuss marketing your beer business in more depth, contact me at info@hopforward.beer for a free 30 minute consultation.Follow Hop Forward on Social MediaFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

    • 40 min
    Can British Hops Really Create an Incredible IPA...? [with Will Rogers from Charles Faram]

    Can British Hops Really Create an Incredible IPA...? [with Will Rogers from Charles Faram]

    On the Hop Forward Podcast this week, we ask the question, 'Can British Hops Really Create an Incredible IPA?' to Will Rogers, technical director for hop merchant, Charles Faram.To answer this question, we partnered with Charles Faram to brew one for ourselves using hops from Charles Faram's hop breeding programme, making use of hops such as Harlequin, Jester, Olicana, Godiva, Mystic and their most recent edition Most, I attempted to push the boundaries of what hops to our native soil can really do in a modern IPA.The result...? England’s Green and Pleasant Land is an all British Hopped IPA (6.1%), brewed in collaboration with Charles Faram and Emmanuales, which showcases how beautifully divine and delightfully hoppy IPAs can come out of England’s Green and Pleasant Land.FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BEERDownload the recipe | Buy the beer | Follow EmmanualesTODAY'S EPISODE OF THE HOP FORWARD PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY:Bespoke Brewing Solutions designs and manufactures equipment that allows breweries to produce high-quality craft beverages with increased cost-effectiveness and faster turnaround times.The BBS team has 8 years of solid teamwork together and 10+ years of experience in manufacturing brewing equipment. BBS now has representatives around the world in America, Australia, New Zealand, and, of course, China.Having a team in China that speaks the local language allows BBS to oversee all aspects of their client's projects, from initial layout designs all the way through to equipment testing before shipping.BBS has equipment represented in 16 countries, which means they’ve sourced equipment and designed brewhouse configurations for every type of brewery you can imagine, in every situation.BBS also offers consulting services, from brewery commissioning, recipe formulation, and equipment training on brew day, to the packaging of your finished product.If you’ve never started a brewery before, they are here to help. If you’re an experienced brewer, they speak your language.Visit bespokebrewingsolutions.com to get in touch with one of the team to discuss your project ideas and show you the bespoke way.Follow Hop Forward on Social MediaFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Going For the Duration... with Miranda Hudson from Duration Brewing

    Going For the Duration... with Miranda Hudson from Duration Brewing

    On the Hop Forward Podcast this week, we're joined by Duration Brewing co-founder, Miranda Hudson, to talk about their forthcoming crowdfunding campaign.  The brewery is planning to expand capacity and build an immersive taproom and kitchen at its historic 10th century priory site.“We’ve some incredible plans to make this one of the most beautiful and atmospheric places to drink in the UK, as well as enhance our sustainability credentials with rainwater recapture and a fruit orchard." says Miranda.“We hope to get more people celebrating our field-to-glass brewing principles, but we need you to help make it happen!”We talk about the nuts of bolts of crowdfunding, the planning involved and we also chat about some of the brewery closures that have been happening across the United Kingdom of late.TODAY'S EPISODE OF THE HOP FORWARD PODCAST IS SPONSORED BY:Bespoke Brewing Solutions designs and manufactures equipment that allows breweries to produce high-quality craft beverages with increased cost-effectiveness and faster turnaround times.The BBS team has 8 years of solid teamwork together and 10+ years of experience in manufacturing brewing equipment. BBS now has representatives around the world in America, Australia, New Zealand, and, of course, China.Having a team in China that speaks the local language allows BBS to oversee all aspects of their client's projects, from initial layout designs all the way through to equipment testing before shipping.BBS has equipment represented in 16 countries, which means they’ve sourced equipment and designed brewhouse configurations for every type of brewery you can imagine, in every situation.BBS also offers consulting services, from brewery commissioning, recipe formulation, and equipment training on brew day, to the packaging of your finished product.If you’ve never started a brewery before, they are here to help. If you’re an experienced brewer, they speak your language.Visit bespokebrewingsolutions.com to get in touch with one of the team to discuss your project ideas and show you the bespoke way.Follow Hop Forward on Social MediaFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Typwrtr ,

Great beer industry insight

I really enjoy Nick’s insightful look at the beer industry, especially the interviews and the diverse and varied range of guests.

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.

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

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