Sunderland Brewlab up for award after training beer makers of the future

Brewlab Richard Hunt
Brewlab Richard Hunt
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From Iceland to South Korea – a Wearside company is helping to train the brewers of the future.

It’s almost 30 years since Brewlab was first formed by Keith Thomas.

Brewlab Richard Hunt

Brewlab Richard Hunt

Now, it is a leading training service provider for the UK micro brewing industry and attracts students from South Korea, South Africa, Hawaii, Greece, Iceland and Japan, as well as closer to home.

The successful company has been nominated in the Best Training Provider category of the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards.

Brewlab is based on the Sunderland Enterprise Park. The firm’s course administrator Richard Hunt said: “We get people from all range of backgrounds, from people leaving jobs to Americans wanting to find out more about British beer before they go back and get work.”

Students get to learn everything about the brewing process including getting to create 25 litres of their own recipe.

Based on the banks of the River Wear, we believe we are the leading training service provider for the UK micro brewing industry

Richard Hunt

Richard added: “We offer short training courses for novice brewers contemplating entering the industry through to nine-week accredited courses for people wanting full preparation for learning to brew and setting up their own micro brewery.”

The firm also has its own analysis section and it is working on ideas including a gluten-free beer.

The nomination for the firm said: “Brewlab has been operating since 1986 and has developed into a very successful small business.”

Brewlab joins an ever-growing list of nominations for the Portfolio competition, but we want even more. Find out how to enter below.

This year’s awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Stadium of Light on Thursday, October 15, and entries are open now.

We’re off to a great start with many nominations already received for this year’s awards but we want more.

Sponsors for the awards this year are Gentoo, Stagecoach, Andrew James, Station Taxis, TTR Barnes, Thompson Waste, Sunderland BID and Maxim Facilities Management Ltd, while Sunderland College is our partner sponsor.

To nominate, visit www.jpne-events.co.uk or e-mail lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk, or fill in the form.