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Consultancy Corner – Beer Dimensions

Consultancy Corner – Master Brewers Paul Buttrick and Derek Orford: Beer Dimensions

Beer Dimensions have been sharing beer and brewing expertise with new and old brewers alike, since 2005.

Paul Buttrick and Derek Orford, both qualified Master Brewers, have held senior positions in a number of breweries producing famous brands such as Boddingtons, Murphy’s Stout, Heineken, Stella Artois and Tooheys. Their experience covers all aspects of beer and brewing technology and know-how, supporting breweries in the UK and internationally.

Craft/Microbrewery Start-Up & Development
Paul and Derek have successfully supported a number of start-ups, both in the UK and Europe, from feasibility study all the way through to commissioning and ongoing support.

Process Design & Optimisation
This covers both new and existing plant, to improve beer quality, production efficiency, and capacity utilisation.

Troubleshooting
Years of experience, and the highest level of technical know-how, enable a service to be delivered for any quality issue, related to any aspect of the process.

Designing & Developing Recipes
Beer Dimensions has developed many award-winning brands from scratch, across a wide range of beer styles.

License & Franchise Brewing
Both partners have been closely involved as both licensors and licensees of big beer brands. Paul worked with Cobra Beer for a number of years, whilst Derek is currently supporting the international rollout of Toast Ale.

Beer Tasting & Flavour Profiling
As accredited tasters with a number of breweries, and experienced beer judges, both partners have a detailed understanding of beer flavour, and the process design and raw material selection needed to create something new or improve the drinker’s appreciation of your beer.

Promoting Beer & Beer and Food Matching
Derek qualified as a Beer Sommelier in 2013, teaches for the Beer Academy, and has run a number of successful beer and food events.

Aligning Brands with Consumer Needs
Paul and Derek have worked closely with Sales and Marketing teams to ensure brewers and marketers have a clear, unambiguous understanding of what the drinker is looking for and how this is to be delivered by the brewer.

Beer Writing
Paul has written a number of well-regarded articles for brewing industry journals covering key parts of the brewing process.

Locum Brewing & Training
For breweries which need more sustained technical support, brewery leadership, or brewer development, Derek is available for longer assignments, both at home in the UK and abroad.

Get In Touch

For some glowing testimonials, and more, come and check out www.beerdimensions.com or contact Derek at derek.orford@beerdimensions.com or on 07794 215404.

 

Photos: MUSA Brewery, Lisbon, one of the many start-ups supported by Paul & Derek

Consultancy Corner – Master Brewer Mark Tetlow

Introduction to services…

mark tetlowCan I introduce myself?

My name is Mark Tetlow BSc Brew. Dipl Brew.

I have been working in the brewing industry for the last 30 years.

I am the founder of The Beer Hub – a valuable resource for brewers and publicans.

mt@thebeerhub.co.uk

www.thebeerhub.co.uk

The Beer Hub exists to offer a range of Consultancy Services allowing brewers and publicans to to ensure the safety, quality and consistency of serve.

beer hubThe Beer Hub also offers a range of beer events that can be tailored to meet your needs. These events are a great way to educate and enthuse your staff while raising the profile of your beers.

One area I am keen to help brewers and pub owners with is supporting the quality of their beers in trade. Recent articles I have  written for Cellar Craft have had very positive responses from the industry and has led on to me working with a number of companies who have identified that the integrity of their brands can be seriously affected by poor practices at the point of dispense.By designing and delivering bespoke onsite training and support packages The Beer Hub is able to help mitigate some of these issues.

beer hubWorking with a local micro brewery I have developed a beer brand BeerHub #1 a golden ale that is dry hopped with Mosaic hops to give it a soft apricot fruity nose.

The beer came second in the local CAMRA beer festival and is now sold in a number of pubs across the Midlands. I also work with big and small brewers covering everything from brewery start ups to supporting a National Brewers craft ale strategy and even acting as a consultant to a client looking to introduce Kombucha, fermented tea, into the market.

A bit about me

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After graduating from Heriot Watt Brewing school I have worked for a number of regional brewers namely Sam Smiths, Marston and latterly at Everards where I was the Quality Assurance Manager responsible for the quality of their products from raw materials through to final beer dispense.

I have been very fortunate to work in all areas of the brewing process and also to work within the trade which I believe gives me a unique insight as not many brewers can claim to have worked from grain to glass. Part of my responsibilities have been to run Technical Services departments and in this role I have been involved in training and auditing licences to ensure that the quality products brewed in the brewery are served to the end consumers as the brewer intended.

Over the last 10 years I have run numerous Meet the Brewer events in pubs and venues across the country, speaking to over 8000 customers sharing my passion for beer, brewing and beer food matchings.
In 2016 I successfully gained the Beer Academy’s Beer Sommelier award becoming the first Beer Sommelier in Leicestershire. I now train on behalf of the Beer Academy and run customer beer classes across the UK. I have also written articles for the press and spoken on the radio about beer and beer and food matchings.

Please take a look at The Beer Hub for a full description of the areas that I cover.
Tel: 07752 200280

Consultancy Corner – Master Brewer Martin Cullimore

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E-mail: martin@cullibrew.com                                                          Mobile: 07793 47 25 47

         Website: Cullibrew.com

 

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Master Brewer [Institute of Brewing & Distilling]

I have over 40 years experience as a professional Brewer.

The Beers I have brewed have won numerous awards including the CAMRA Beer of the Year.

I have extensive experience in innovation including new product development and new packaging formats.

I was the longest serving Head Brewer in the country.

I can offer professional advice on:

  • All aspects of Brewing, Fermentation & Packaging techniques
  • Technical troubleshooting
  • Yeast Handling
  • Sensory Training [Flavour Identification/Taste Panel Training]
  • Brewery Auditing
  • Brewery Plant Design & Commissioning
  • Plant Cleaning & Sterilization
  • Raw Material Specification and Purchasing
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Assurance [SALSA & FSQ]
  • Packaging innovation e.g. KeyCask, KeyKeg.
  • Health & Safety including Risk Assessments
  • Food Safety/HACCP Systems
  • HMRC Beer Duty
  • Microbiology

Additional Skills/Qualifications/Information

  • Qualified Taster Trainer
  • HACCP Level 3
  • Health & Safety
  • Risk Assessments
  • C.O.S.H.H.

Consultancy Corner – Master Brewer Don Jeffrey

don jeffrey 1Someone said, “There’s nothing new in Brewing – it’s just regurgitated in a different package”

Well, that’s true, but the understanding of what’s going on is a lot clearer these days.

And the whole industry’s going through a massive change in terms of quality and due diligence on the one hand, with stiff competition and an ever critical drinking public on the other.

This is where I come in…

A passion

I’m totally dedicated to the Industry – d’you know, I wanted to be a brewer when I was at school!

So I went to the Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh for four years and came out with an honours degree in Brewing and Biochemistry. I then qualified as a Master Brewer with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

It must’ve done some good, because I was asked to be part of the Incorporated Brewers Guild’s lecture teams in Canada, Nigeria and various other lecturettes in the UK.

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Professional Career

don jeffrey 2Courage group: Various positions in brewing and packaging (not forgetting the hop farms!) in John Smiths, Reading and London;

Stout and lager brewing in Guinness;

Brewing at senior level on the Isle of Man and in South Wales, with Crown Buckley and Brains.

That means over forty years . . . Where did it go?!

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BDS: Brewer Development Services

So now, it’s time to put something back: I have the experience, the qualifications and more importantly, the time.

BDS is my consultancy operation:

Sounding board:

  • Many brewers appreciate the opportunity simply to discuss their methods with a professional, to see if they’re “on the right track”:
  • We’re all busy people and I have the resources to audit, offer advice and if necessary research alternative options for your operation;
  • I’m not going to build your brewery for you, but I’ll be there to help and advise you with options and other concepts before you commit to a potentially expensive capital expansion plan;

Troubleshooter: You got a problem?

  • “Why does my beer stay cloudy?”
  • “Why do my fermentations stick?”
  • “Why does my beer taste the way it does?”
  • “What records should I be keeping?”
  • “How can I improve the way I do things?”

My hands-on approach and will delve into the corners of your operation to come up with best answers; with the help of Murphys, we can do this!

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Trainer:

  • Certificated TAQA (Training and Quality Assurance ) Assessor; Recognised by awarding bodies as being qualified to assess Proficiency in Brewing apprenticeship qualification;
  • Accredited trainer with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.
  • It’s all about the need to understand at all levels:

Proprietor/Brewer

  • The most important link in the chain
  • I can help you with your organisation, the procedures for which you are accountable, your products and their formulation, brewing, packaging, dispense and QC;

Production Staff:

  • The most important links in the chain:
  • They need to buy in to your operation, be fully conversant with safe and efficient operating procedures and why things are done the way they are;

Quality, revenue and legal control:

The most important links in the chain:

  • Are you meeting QC (and HMRC) requirements?
  • Have you a plan?
  • What are you going to do when it goes pair-shaped?

Licensees:

Arguably the most important link in the chain:

  • When your product leaves you, it’s cast off, sailing free and left in the hands of a stranger!
  • Fifty years ago, all pubs were doing a barrel a day, sadly not the case now. So it’s even more important that they know precisely what’s going on in a cask (or keg, for that matter!) and what they should be doing!
  • My take on this is a no-holds-barred, straight from the shoulder, dispel myths approach with a unique delivery method;don jeffrey 6
  • At the end of the training session with your group, they will all understand their part in looking after your beer!

Contact: Don Jeffrey

Brewer Development Services

07706 168278

Email: don.jeffrey@btinternet.com

 

 

 

Consultancy Corner – Master Brewer Graham Moss

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Graham’s consultancy buisiness

CONSULTANCY CORNER – GRAHAM MOSS

Graham is a well known UK master brewer with over 35 years experience in the brewing and processGraham Moss 5 industries. He has worked closely with Murphy and Son and breweries of all sizes from the mid 1980’s, and has built up a close working relationship with the team at Murphy’s and other key industry suppliers.

He is an accomplished brewing professional, with a Masters degree in Malting and Brewing Science from the prestigious British Brewing School in Birmingham (1986), Master Brewer (IBD, London 1991), Masters in Business Administration (Hull 1997), as well as a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry (Sheffield 1983).

Graham Moss 6Graham gained a “golden ticket” position with Scottish and Newcastle Breweries Ltd (now Heineken). In this position Graham received in depth training and Management experience in all aspects of the brewing industry, taking secondments at many sites and in many different departments. He accepts he was very fortunate for the experience obtained. Areas covered included traditional brewhouses, automated breweries, Fermentation, Maturation, Filtration, Cask and Keg Packaging, Bottling, Canning, Logistics, Dispense; with further secondments in Malt, Hops, Laboratories, Engineering projects. Ales and Lagers. During the brutal rationalisation in the industry in the 1990’s Graham worked at Whitbread Boddington’s, where he remembers routine brewing of 1800 barrels per Shift, 10 shifts a week!

Graham is well experienced in project management work. He has completed several hundredGraham Moss 1 assignments building breweries, large and small, all over the world. His MSc thesis was mixed gas dispense systems and his MBA thesis was in developing a national beer brand. His Mossbrew consultancy is an engineering and training business and he is also a stakeholder in the Ministry of Ale, a building he acquired as a derelict shell in 2000, refurbished and re-opened, still going 15 years later. Here the team operate a showroom brewery and an introductory brewing training course. Memories of installing a brewery in Barbados when it was hit by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, cause a humanitarian disaster, and also working with some lovely customers, and their families, in the brewing industry.

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Graham’s Tips for a successful Brewery Business.

  1. Have good quality and professional looking point of sale material.

  2. Keep a close eye on the cash flow.

  3. Brew beer according to a quality system, make sure you understand which are the critical control points, “Quality by Simplicity”.

  4. Don’t be afraid to pay for an annual audit by an industry professional, this could save you money in terms of energy usage, hop usage, quality failures, safety and regulation lapses.

Contact

www.mossbrew.co.uk

gm@mossbrew.co.uk

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Consultancy Corner – Master Brewer John Bexon

 

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CONSULTANCY CORNER – JOHN BEXON
John has worked closely with Murphy’s for over 25 years in his many brewing roles throughout his career. He has always been a great ambassador for Murphy and Son and we have always had a strong working/professional relationship

One of the UK’s leading Master Brewers with almost 40 years’ experience in both large, medium and craft breweries. An accomplished brewing professional, with a Masters Degree in business and trained in microbiology, phytopathology and biochemisty. John has worked at Bass Breweries and also in the Commonwealth Brewing Company, Boston, USA, where he was part of the emerging craft beer revolution. He is most famous for his recent role as Head Brewer at Greene King, which he left to form this consultancy.

JOHN BEXON

CONSULTANT

You can draw on almost 40 years’ brewing and management experience to help improve your product and your profits. Whether you work for a major brewer or a small craft beer producer, I can make your business better. Helping you with expansion, trouble-shooting and continuous improvement of your operation.

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MASTER BREWER

I’ll provide a health-check of your brewing and packaging, advising how you can improve the brewing process. You can buy into the skills needed to design new and novel beers that will set your company apart from its competitors. And if you need to improve the quality of your existing brands, I’m your man!

JOHN

SPEAKER

We work in a fantastic industry! So how come the people who talk technical make beer sound so boring? If you need someone to lecture, inspire or train people, look no further. I can present to brewers, drinkers or suppliers and enthuse them about our business. Use my services to link organisations and remove barriers.

‘John Bexon Consulting’ will provide professional advice on most areas of the the brewing process.
Please click here for a comprehensive list.

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Summary

A driven professional brewer and manager. A proven track record of departmental, people and process development. Sound communication skills at all business and social levels.

Studied in the University of Hard Knocks at times so takes life with a sense of fun

Qualifications

2.1 MIBiol ; Applied Biology in Microbiology, biochemistry & phytopathology ( plant diseases) 1984 DipMbrew ; Internationally recognised Master Brewer 1989 MBA : Master of Business Administration UCE B’ham 2000

GET IN TOUCH

Telephone: 07885 498475 Address: J Bexon Consulting Ltd, 1 Orchard Close, Beyton, Suffolk IP30 9AR Email: john@jbexonconsulting.com http://jbexonconsulting.com/