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Patrick

NAME/NICKNAME: PATRICK

Where are you from?
Burton on Trent home of Brewing!

What is it about brewing beer that you enjoy?
Brewing is immensely rewarding when you are creative with new recipe’s or make subtle changes to brewing with good end results. Hitting specifications and flavor notes are a brewers main goals.

What level are you currently in your brewing qualification?
Fully Qualified Master Brewer

Could you explain a little on the different levels – how long it takes to get to master brewer?
If you start out at diploma level or pre Herriot Watt it can take up to 8 years if you complete one module per year. Some brewers have achieved this status in less time by doubling or trebling up on their learning modules. Experience is the most important factor of being a master brewer as the qualification demonstrates a brewer’s competency level. Thinking outside the box and life experiences in brewing is the true measure of a Master Brewer.

How do you come up with the ideas for your next DE14/experimental brew?
Tasting ingredients, imagination, fresh thinking and being creative.

Favourite brewing style: It has to be traditional single temperature ale brewing with the added luxury of double dropping in FV.

Dream brew: Imperial Stout

Do you have a brewer or other beer brand that you really get inspiration from?
I have been inspired by many Head Brewers over the years which has shaped me as a brewer. The fact I taste so many different beers from our own brands and beers brewed by other brewers gives me impetus to think about what other beers we can create.

The worst mishap you’ve had whilst brewing?
Accidentally blending two completely different beers. Fortunately it was caught in time before packaging!

Got any random pieces of information that the non-brewer may not know or realise when they are drinking their pint down the pub?
I was once told that Brewers are yeast farmers and beer is only a byproduct of what we do. If the yeast is in good health then beer will always be spot on.

Hugh

NAME/NICKNAME: HUGH

Where are you from?
Skegness

How you first got into brewing? (any tips for others thinking about it)
I did work experience at Batemans brewery and carried on from there. The best way is to get experience. See if you can help out local brewers to start.

What is it about brewing beer that you enjoy?
It’s good to be able to physically be involved in crafting something. Especially something you can sit back and be proud you brewed it.

What level are you currently in your brewing qualification?
BSc (Hons) Brewing and Distilling from Heriot Watt University. Currently half way through Master Brewer examinations

Favourite brewing style: A traditional, well balanced bitter.

Dream brew: Milk Stout

The worst mishap you’ve had whilst brewing?
Picked up a foaming caustic by mistake and cleaned a fermenter with it. It was a bit of a foam party.

Got any random pieces of information that the non-brewer may not know or realise when they are drinking their pint down the pub?
Beer was only considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia from 2013

Chris

NAME/NICKNAME: CHRIS

Where are you from?
Moseley, Birmingham

How you first got into brewing? (any tips for others thinking about it)
Home brewing and went to opening night of a Firkin Brew Pub who were conveniently looking for a brewer…

What is it about brewing beer that you enjoy?
Fantastic end product! Massive range of styles; a beer for every occasion. Great heritage and history. And lastly, meeting interesting people from around the world.

What level are you currently in your brewing qualification?
Master brewer

Could you explain a little on the different levels – how long it takes to get to master brewer?
As a mature(ish!) brewer, I did the associate membership exams first and did one module per year over three years, then I went straight onto the Master brewer exams and did one module per year with these as well, until the final year where I did the case study and packaging, so four years in total. The AME was a lot more science and theoretical based, whilst the DMB was more about managing real challenges in the brewery.

How do you come up with the ideas for your next DE14/experimental brew?
I have a 20l home brewing kit that I try new recipes on. Plus trying different beers from around the world and experimenting with new ingredients. One of the last beers I made used honeysuckle flowers from the back garden…

Favourite brewing style: Too many to choose from!

Dream brew: Blood orange blanche

Do you have a brewer or other beer brand that you really get inspiration from?
I enjoy drinking the beers from some of our competitors like Adnams and St Austell, but also enjoy beers from the craft scene. Am trying quite a lot of Cloudwater beers at the moment.

The worst mishap you’ve had whilst brewing?
A cereal cooker gear box breakdown that lead to the production of a couple of tons of polenta!

Got any random pieces of information that the non-brewer may not know or realise when they are drinking their pint down the pub?
When brewing bitter, every pint of beer uses approximately: 7 pints of water, 1785 corns of barley, 5 hop cones & 340,80,000,000 yeast cells

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