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Since 1988 Brewing Services has helped to establish over 150 micro-breweries in the UK and Europe. These range from 2.5 Brl (5Hl) pub breweries to 70 Brl (115 Hl) independent breweries and includes the largest brewpub in Europe.

We offer an Initial Brewery Project Survey to help get your project off on the right track. We then offer a comprehensive consultancy service to assist you from the crucial planning stages of the brewery right through to commissioning and getting that all important first pint of your beer on the bar.

  • Advice on brewing plants, both new and second hand.
  • Liaison with Architects, Builders and Government Officers regarding the brewing operations.
  • Brewery equipment, brewery lay-out and required services.
  • Contacts with suppliers of raw materials, cleaning agents and brewing equipment.
  • Recipe formulation
  • Commissioning of brew plant and trial brews.
  • Training and supervision of staff to operate the brewery.
  • Technical back up to help ensure quality and consistency are maintained.

Quality Assurance

We undertake a wide range of quality control procedures that help to ensure a high level of brewery hygiene, help optimise brewery performance and maintain the high quality of your products. Click onto link for more info.

Regular brewery surveys to help optimise production.These also include the following:

  • On-site microbiological checks of brew plant and products.
  • Regular checks of pitching yeast for infection, viability and general condition.
  • Analysis of products for %abv, O.G., Final Gravity, pH, colour, bitterness.
  • Analysis of bottle products for shelf-life, haze, CO2, yeast etc.
  • Analysis of products for Heavy Metals, NDMA and ATNC.


Let the training come to you. We can offer cost effect 'in-house training' tailored to your own requirements. Training in all aspects of the brewing process and relating directly to your own brewery. This allows your staff to understand immediately how the theory relates to how they brew.

There is also plenty of time to ask fundamental questions without feeling embarrassed in front of other people. The syllabus covers a full range of topics including raw materials, the brewing process, brewing equipment, cleaning and hygiene and beer quality. Please contact us for further information. But if its a high quality residential training course you're after then go back and click on the 'Fundamentals of Mini-Brewing' for details of our four day course in York.

70% of Breweries surveyed said 'YES PLEASE'.
So why don't more breweries take the opportunity to train their staff? The answers are usually -

  • 'Individual training costs are too high, especially with extras like travelling and accommodation'
  • 'We cannot afford the time for our staff to be off-site for long periods'
  • 'The training provided is never quite what we want'
  • But now we have the answer to both residential and in-house training.

The Fundamentals of Mini-Brewing   26th to 29th March 2017

This successful course, which has been running for over twenty five years has trained some of the most succesful brewers in the country.

Why? because it was set up by experianced brewers to help other less experianced brewers, and aspiring brewers to become better brewers, to understand the practical aspects and theory of the brewing process in greater detail.

The aim of the course is to pass on to you that practical knowledge and experience gained by the course principals over many years in the brewing industry. The benefit to you in attending the course is to share in that practical knowledge and skill.

The course provides the opportunity for you to be able to learn about and discuss aspects of everyday brewing techniques as well as providing the time to discuss individual brewing procedures with experts in the various fields of brewing. There is also plenty of opportunity to talk informally with other brewers about their experiances of the day to day running of a small independent brewery.

The course combines lectures and workshops, run by a number of specialist speakers from the industry, along with visits to Fawcett's Maltings, other micro-breweries and retail outlets. For those who may not have any practical brewing experience there is the opportunity to help with a complete brew at the York Brewery before the course gets under way.

The purpose of the course is for you to learn more of the basics of good brewing practice and gain a greater insight in to the art, science and craft of brewing. You can then go on to further develop your own brewing regimes with a view to optimising the quality and consistency of your products.

At the start of the course you will receive a copy of 'The Fundamentals of Mini-Brewing', a book specially written to accompany the course that will continue to act as a useful reference work for years to come.

The course is held at the York Brewery Co. Ltd, York, North Yorkshire, UK. The venue is easily reached by car, by rail or air via Manchester Airport and then rail link.

The principal running the course is David Smith, formerly Production and Quality Control Brewer for 12 years with Samuel Smiths' Brewery, Tadcaster.David has been running his own brewing consultancy since 1988 working with small independent breweries and has helped to establish over 150 breweries in the UK.

The course fee includes full accommodation for three nights and all meals whilst attending the course. Also included are the lectures, workshops, excursions and a copy of 'The Fundamentals of Mini-Brewing'.Not included are transport costs to and from delegate's homes and provisions of drinks other than tea or coffee at the hotel and Brewery.

Course Fee: £875.00 (+ VAT) per delegate.

A 10% Discounts is available for SIBA members or a 15% discount is available for two or more people are attending.

A deposit of £150.00 per delegate is required when booking.

For further information or an application form contact David Smith on 07970 629552 or email