Brewlab is a leading provider of training and analysis services for the international brewing industry, based in purpose built premises on the banks of the river Wear in Sunderland.
The range of training courses Brewlab offers are relevant to the first time brewer, through to professionals who are seeking to keep their skills and knowledge updated.
Brewlab courses are focused on providing the optimum blend of up to date practical and theoretical skills. Sections of training take place in regional craft breweries where students gain real hands on experience. We have our own modern 3.5 barrel brewery with a 100 litre trial kit. We also have our own kegging and bottling facilities.
Our 9 week British Brewing Technology course and our 3 week Practical Brewing course are endorsed with the Quality Mark from ONE Awards.
One Awards is a Quality Assurance and Accreditation organisation with over 20 years’ experience of formally recognising training and learning.
In addition Brewlab encourages our students to sit the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) professional examinations on completion of our courses. Initially the General Certificate in Brewing and with extra tuition the Diploma in Brewing.
Experienced visiting lecturers are engaged to teach specialist technical subjects as well as finance and marketing.
Optional cost effective self-catering accommodation is available at the University of Sunderland for the 9 week and 3 week courses.
For both these courses some understanding of the brewing process, along with basic maths and chemistry, would be beneficial but not essential.
All courses are taught in English.
Many of our past students have successfully established their own breweries and others are employed in breweries of all different sizes around the world.
To find out more please go to ourtraining course section or see ourcase studies for examples of student achievements. Catch up on our Latest News and read our Brewery Resources and technical articles.
Brewlab's analysis services provide assurance and development for breweries seeking to manage consistency and evaluate prospects for future products.
Quality assurance is provided by our routine analyses of standard brewing parameters – alcohol by volume, specific gravities, colour, pH and bitterness – each of which provides critical data on brewing performance. ABV is essential for regulatory declarations but other data allow for trend analysis and assessment of consistency. Our due diligence packages provide a structured system for regular feedback and early alerts for variations.
More advanced analyses are available for fault finding and product development. Use of new and novel ingredients requires assessment of suitability while recipe developments require detailed product assessment. Yeast strains frequently require characterising and matching to product and faulted beers require identification of causes. Brewlab services include modern techniques for chemical and microbiology testing and include long-term research options.
To find out more please go to our analysis servicessection.