In-depth weekly interviews with some of the UK's leading independent Craft Brewers, exploring their background and motivations, hopes and fears, and big plans for the future, all whilst we share and discuss a couple of the beers that the brewer is particularly proud of.
Episode 79 - Ampersand Brew Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Andy Hipwell from Ampersand Brew Co. based in Diss in South Norfolk.
Andy co-founded Ampersand in 2017 with his wife Amy and father Adrian on the family farm in Norfolk.
Following a period of sustained success, this year Ampersand have relocated to a fabulous new brewery and taproom close to the town centre in Diss.
Andy wholeheartedly recommends the following fine establishments:
Episode 78 - Attic Brew Co. (Re-)Visited
Join Rob and Steve as we sat down for an update chat with Oli at the splendid Attic Taproom, on the Stirchley Beer Mile!
Episode 77 - Wylam Brewery
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Dave Stone from Wylam Brewery based in Newcastle.
Wylam was launched in the year 2000, initially brewing traditional English beer styles, at the same time that Dave was making a name for himself as the key figure behind large parts of the Newcastle hospitality and entertainments industry. During this period, Dave setup Digital with his business partner Rob Cameron, which was later named one the top 10 superclubs in the World, as well as helping to create the Evolution festival which ran for nine years on the Newcastle Quayside as one the UK's leading live music events.
In 2010, Dave and Rob bought a stake in Wylam, and since then they have guided Wylam through a period of sustained and spectacular growth, that has established them not just in the UK, but Internationally as one of the leading lights in all of Craft Beer.
Dave wholeheartedly recommends the following fine establishments:
Episode 76 - Rivington Farm Trip
Join Rob and Steve at the Rivington Farm Trip Festival in delightful, rural Lancashire!
Whatever form this Festival takes in 2022, do yourself a big favour and don't miss it!
Episode 75 - Fallen Acorn Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast Tim and Felix from Fallen Acorn based in Gosport, Hampshire.
Launched in 2016, Fallen Acorn are striving to deliver the highest quality beer from traditional styles and brewing techniques, to pushing modern boundaries and combining a range of brewing experience, with a passion for innovation.
They offer a range of styles, and aim to brew something for all tastes, breaking the divide between traditional and craft and instead seeing all as simply, beer.
Tim and Felix wholeheartedly reccommend the following fine establishments:
Episode 74 - Beerblefish Brewing Co.
I am delighted to welcome to the podcast James Atherton from Beerblefish based in Walthamstow, NE London.
Beerblefish was launched in August 2015 by James Atherton and Bethany Burrow, to offer a full range of tasty beers, from dark and mysterious stouts and porters through to lagers and hoppy pales. However their true passion is for heritage beers, which is why their core range comprises beers based on nineteenth century recipes and tasting notes.
James wholeheartedly reccommends the following fine establishments:
Great insight into breweries and beers
I’m fairly new to drinking craft beer, have been a cask drinker for many years, and have no experience of brewing. Only discovered this podcast last week; the interviews are very informative and I like the way Rob asks open questions and lets his guests talk about their business, history and and products. It’s great, as a newcomer to the podcast, to initially pick the episodes that feature breweries I’ve tried produce from, but I’ll work through the other episodes as well. Thanks
Love the pod!
I spoke to Rob on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and said to him but I genuinely look forward to the pod dropping on a Tuesday morning. It absolutely makes the drive to work a lot better!
Each interview gives such a great insight into the inner workings of craft breweries, their origins and the people that make it all happen.
As a homebrewer (with aspirations of greatness) this is not only helpful but it gives me a bit of a craft beer fix after the weekend.
This pod also opens my eyes to breweries I may not have heard of or tried - which is fantastic for my Untappd account, probably less so for my wallet!
Cheers Rob, I’ll be getting involved with Patreon!
Enjoyed listening to these. Some great stories for exciting breweries on how they started, how they are growing and how they do their thing