MSc Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University: a review

Earlier this month I submitted my dissertation and completed my Master’s degree in Brewing & Distilling at the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) at Heriot Watt University. Now seemed like an apt time to reflect upon the past 12+ months of study and share some thoughts. I hope that this information could be … Continue reading MSc Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University: a review

Walking the 5 Seidla Steig – a beery day hike in Franconia

On my recent trip to Nuremberg I spent a day hiking in the fränkische Schweiz - a rural, particularly picturesque region of the southern German Franconia - following the 5 Seidla Steig hiking route. Seidla is Franconian dialect for a 500ml mug of beer and yes, that's right folks, it's a beer hike. This is one of the … Continue reading Walking the 5 Seidla Steig – a beery day hike in Franconia

Transparency in German contract brewing

Transparency is, in my opinion, a key factor that sets small breweries apart from macro breweries. Transparency manifests itself in numerous ways, whether it's a brewery that offers tours to its visitors or whether we consider transparency as an open and honest dialogue between brewers and drinkers about the brewing process, raw materials and industry … Continue reading Transparency in German contract brewing

A couple of things CAMRA and the Reinheitsgebot have in common

In my time working in beer in the UK and Germany I’ve had some interesting dealings with customers and industry folk alike regarding CAMRA and the Reinheitsgebot. When working at the BrewDog bar in Bristol, we’d often get real ale traditionalists who would come to the bar and turn their noses up at the broad … Continue reading A couple of things CAMRA and the Reinheitsgebot have in common