151 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

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    • 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.

    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
    Can an IPA Only Subscription Service Really Work...? [with Standard Brew Co]

    Can an IPA Only Subscription Service Really Work...? [with Standard Brew Co]

    Standard Brew Co is a customer-owned, subscription-based brewery, shipping out new and exclusive, small batch IPA’s every month. Each subscriber receives twelve shares in the business and become an owner with Standard Brew Co, all whilst enjoying brand new, crushable beers.We're joined by Milo Oddi, founder behind Standard Brew Co, to discover more about this brewery with a unique subscription model that focuses on one beer style.  We discuss all things IPA, contract brewing, social media marketing and our mutual love of making pizzas, stemming from Milo's background working in hospitality.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

    • 55 min
    Brew Like a Monk with Stan Hieronymus

    Brew Like a Monk with Stan Hieronymus

    On this week’s episode of the Hop Forward Podcast, Nick is joined by none other than homebrewing legend and author Stan Hieronymus to talk about a subject close to his heart: brewing like a monk.We discuss everything from what makes a good Trappist and abbey style beer, how Double IPAs have taken a leaf out of Belgian style beers, and dispel some of the myths surrounding monasticism and brewing.In addition, Nick is also joined briefly by Kevin and Luke from Nigeria’s first craft brewery - Bature Brewery - along with Joe from Marble Beers in Manchester Marble Arch to talk about their African Beer Cup winning Imperial Coffee Stout, Black Gold, while Nick gives us a guided tasting.Follow Hop Forward on Social MediaFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

    • 55 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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