COTSWOLD BREWING COURSE MAKES HISTORY AT ROYAL AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
A refresher course for the Institute of Brewing & Distilling’s Diploma Level, its participants will include trainee brewers from local Cotswolds breweries Gloucester Brewery, Hook Norton Brewery and Stroud Brewery Ltd.
The course is separate from any courses organised by the RAU, which is simply hosting the event.
Organised by Tim O’Rourke, internationally-renowned Master Brewer and Director of training consultancy The Brilliant Beer Company, the course covers topics such as barley for brewing, the malting process, water and hops, brewhouse operation, effluent and quality – all vital elements of the brewing process and essential knowledge for brewers.
“We think this is the first time a technical brewing course has ever been held in the Cotswolds”, says Tim. “My vision is to see the Cotswolds as a serious brewing hub in the UK, given that the region now boasts no less than 30 craft breweries. The course represents a definite start down this road”.
“We know from surveys that our members are committed to the training and development of their staff and it is good news that a course will now be available at the RAU to meet the needs of a growing number of brewers in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas.” Mike Benner, SIBA Managing Director.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
(1) The Brilliant Beer Company is a technical brewing training and advisory consultancy. Set up over 20 years ago by master brewer Tim O’Rourke, its clients include both international breweries such as Diageo, Heineken and InBev, and also small craft breweries in the UK. Tim is also the Cask Marque quality inspector for Gloucestershire. For more information, see www.brilliantbeer.com .
(2) The Institute of Brewing & Distilling (IBD) is a member organisation for Britain’s brewers. Its objective is the advancement of education and professional development in the science and technologies of brewing, distilling and related industries. For more information, see www.ibd.org.uk
(3) The Royal Agricultural University is the UK’s leading agricultural university. Founded in 1845, it enjoys a worldwide reputation and is recognised both national and internationally as a leader in the delivery of education, research and consultancy in agriculture, business, equine and real estate. For more information, see www.rau.ac.uk