The Brewers Lectures is a series of live events from the Brewers Journal. The half day lectures give a platform to six speakers to inspire change, generate discussion and share brewing expertise.

The lectures are hosted five times a year cross the UK and Ireland.

As we all come to these events from differing backgrounds and differing means, we have made all tickets available for free, we just ask you to make a small donation if you are able so that we can continue to run these events.

Full details of each lecture will be released in the run up to the day. Scroll down for upcoming events.

6 February 2019 – Manchester

The venue
The Castlefield Rooms
18-20 Castle Street
M3 4LZ

The time
6 February 2019
12.00pm to 4.30pm

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The speakers

Alice Batham | Brewster’s

Alice Batham is the technical brewer at Brewster’s Brewing. Alice, who has an MSc in Brewing from Nottingham University, brews on the company’s 30bbl brewery, manages fermentation, yeast handling, packaging and also the development of new recipes, ingredients, styles and optimisation of processing operations.
Steeped in brewing from an early age at her family brewery Bathams in Dudley, Black Country, Alice is the sixth generation of her family brewers and is helping Brewster’s in its the latest stage of its own brewing journey.

Doreen Joy Barber | Cloudwater

Doreen started out enthusing about beer in a professional capacity at the legendary Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando, Florida, after getting her Master’s in Anthropology of Food.
As the second hire at London’s Five Points Brewing Company, she handled everything except brewing, focusing on events, marketing and partnerships.
Since joining Cloudwater in June last year, Doreen has focused mainly on events and social media, and it is the social element of beer that fascinates her most.

Brett Ellis | The Wild Beer Co

Brett Ellis is the co-founder and head brewer of Somerset’s Wild Beer Co. Since starting the brewery with Andrew Cooper in 2012, Brett has placed a particular emphasis on brewing, team development, combining flavours, barrel aging and beer blending.
The Wild Beer Co has nearly doubled production each year, helping build the wild and sour beer market in the UK, and they now export around 30% of production into 21 overseas markets.
The company also operate two bar/restaurants, Wild Beer at Jessop House in Cheltenham and Wild Beer at Wapping Wharf in Bristol.

Reece Hugill | Donzoko Brewing Company

Reece Hugill started brewing in his parents’ garden back in 2014. A chemistry graduate from Newcastle University and LMU Munich, Reece has gone on to make his mark with Donzoko Brewing Company and its flagship beer, Northern Helles.
In 2018, the brewery doubled capacity twice, dialled in its Helles recipe and launched 10 other beers. And this year, he Reece plans to take on more staff, invest in his own brewhouse and most importantly, make better beer than before.

Sam McMeekin | Gipsy Hill Brewing

Sam McMeekin is the co-founder of London’s Gipsy Hill Brewing. Since starting the business back in 2014, the company has gone from strength-to-strength, growing year-on-year.
In 2018, it opened a fully accessible tap room, released an increasing number of special beers and started a barrel-ageing program.
At Gipsy Hill, the company has refocused its vision to focus on three core principles: 1) Quality, 2) Innovation, 3) Community.
“Everything we do here bears those three elements in mind in the purest way we can. We’re going to be collaborating with interesting and different partners who will help us emphasis these goals,” says Sam.

Robert Percival | Lallemand

Robert Percival is a qualified brewing professional with extensive experience in quality and technical roles in beer production.
As regional sales manager for Europe at yeast specialists Lallemand, Robert handles technical support and management of Lallemand Brewing customers, specializing in fermentation.
He is also involved in the R&D for new product development of Lallemand Brewing yeast and fermentation products


14 March 2019 – Birmingham

The venue
The Old Library
Gibb Street,
B9 4AT

The time
14 March 2019
15.30pm to 9pm

The speakers
The full speaker list will be announced in due course