This very successful short course has now been running for thirty years and has helped hundreds of brewers over that time to better understand the brewing process. The course was set up by professional brewers in order to assist other less experienced brewers, aspiring brewers and those connected with the brewing industry to understand in greater detail the practical aspects of brewing and the basic theory that underpins the brewing process.

It is a chance to discuss general brewing practices, as well as your individual brewing procedures, with experts in the various fields of brewing and provides the opportunity to talk informally with other brewers on the course about their experiences of the day-to-day running of a small brewery.

Topics include:

  • Raw materials and recipe formulation
  • Brewing theory, science and good brewing practice
  • Brewery hygiene and quality control
  • Brewing equipment and brewery design
  • Visits to a local maltings and a Contract Packager

At the start of the course, there is an opportunity to participate in a full brew at a York brewery. You will also receive a copy of ‘Brewing – The Fundamentals,’ a book specially written to accompany the course.

The course is held at a York brewery.  The venue is easily reached by car, rail or air, (via Manchester Airport, and then rail).

David Smith, the course leader, has been running his own brewing consultancy since 1988. A lifetime member and Fellow of the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, David has helped to establish over 170 breweries, both in the UK and abroad. He is assisted by Rob Smith, who joined Brewing Services Ltd in 2015 from the Meantime Brewing Company in Greenwich, London. Rob holds a Diploma in Brewing from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling and has experience in both production and quality control of cask, bottle and keg products.

Other lecturers include: Will Rogers,Technical Director, Charles Faram; Paddy Edwards Dipl.Brew, Technical Sales Manager, Diversey Ltd; Alison Hedley, General Manager, Brewlab Ltd.

What’s included:

  • Three nights’ accommodation, lunches and evening meals.
  • A personal copy of ‘Brewing – The Fundamentals,’ a comprehensive manual for brewers.
  • A course T-shirt & Certificate of Completion.
  • Lectures, workshops and excursions. The opportunity to participate in a complete brew at a York brewery.
  • Opportunities to discuss brewing with experts in the field.

Not included:

  • Transport to York
  • Drinks other than water, tea or coffee.

Course Fee: £915.00 plus VAT.

A 10% discount is available to members of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), The Brewers Association of Scotland (TBAS) and The London Brewers Association. A 15% discount is available for two or more persons attending the course.

A non-refundable deposit of £150 is required to secure a place.

Some recent comments:

“Even coming at this after some years in the industry, there has been plenty to learn. It has, I feel, re-invigorated my passion for brewing, and more importantly, maintaining the highest quality standards in the brewery.””I enjoyed soaking up all he knowledge.

“The course is so much more than learning about brewing. It is an opportunity to make new friends and contacts within the industry.”

“A good balance of teaching/outings.”

“I think the course has given me a good grounding in brewing, and I will make a number of changes in my process and procedure.”

“Great to get to other breweries and see what they do.”

“The food and the excursions were an excellent extension of the course work and help to reinforce the information.”

“Really, really enjoyed all aspects of the course.”

“Fantastic experience. Excellent. Thank you, it’s both informed and inspired.”

“Great course, everything I wanted to re-evaluate procedures when we move to larger premises.”

“All around, great value for money. A very informative course, with a great opportunity to share ideas with fellow members of the industry.”

Further information:
David Smith: 07970 629552 /
Rob Smith: 07966 693097 /

To register click here: Brewing – The Fundamentals November 2021