We now move into Brewery Consulting & Quality Management. This is a massive 4 part segment that features some big and well-known names within the brewing community and industry in Australia that provide a wealth of knowledge for aspiring brewery owners to consider when planning their brewery build. The episodes include Neal Cameron from Brewtique, Steve Hendo from Rockstar brewer and the man behind the famous BrewCult gyspy brewing brand, Dan McCulloch & Richard Chamberlin from Lallemand and an interesting chat with PK Agrawal from the 5th Ingredient who talks to us about their Brewery Management software Beer30
PART 1 - NEIL CAMERON FROM BREWTIQUE
Our first episode of the segment, I sit down with Neal Cameron from Brewtique. Now Neal’s name has come up multiple times on this podcast so far, so it was great to finally line up a time to meet with him seeing how busy he is in the brewing industry.
Neal has been working and consulting within the craft beer industry for over 15 years now. Having started out in the Wine Industry and then moving onto to helping with the set up of the Australian Brewery who we talked to in our earlier Meet The Brewer series. He then took a step back from that to co-write the first formal educational course at TAFE NSW related to microbrewing. Currently he works for Brewtique which is a Brewery consulting company which installs breweries all over Australia.
So as you can see this is why I really wanted to sit down with Neal, not many people in the industry has this many stories and experiences to share as he does when it comes to opening a brewery, his lived through 20 plus brewery builds in his long career all neatly explained in a 60 min interview
PART 2 - STEVE HENDO FROM ROCKSTAR BREWER
I chat with well known figure in the brewing community Steve Hendo from Rockstar Brewer. If you haven’t heard of Steve Hendo, he famously made his name in the brewing community as the founder of the BrewCult brand.
Hendo did the gyspy brewing model for many years and built a massive cult following with his beers eventually developing a big core range exciting beer geeks all over the country with his innovate beer styles. Eventually things didn’t quite go to plan for Hendo with the BrewCult brand which he explains in more intimate detail in our chat, in which he then decided to take a step back from running a brewing business to just working in the industry, by having a stint at Stone & Wood as a shift production brewer. After finding his feet, and deciding on what next is in store for him in the Beer Industry he then began consulting breweries on best brewing practices and quality processes for their beer production which gave birth to his current business Rockstar Brewer.
Hendo does not hold any punches and is brutally honest about what it takes to open and run a successful brewery. He shares his mistakes, challenges and lessons learnt from his BrewCult days and he discusses the importance of Quality Management controls and processes for breweries and how he helps breweries both new and established to ensure high quality beer is being produced batch to batch.
PART 3 - DANIEL MCCULLOCH & RICHARD CHAMERLIN FROM LALLEMAND BREWING
I chat with Technical Managers Dan McCulloch or VB as he is known as in the Brewing Community and Richard Chamberlain both from the Lallemand Brewing Division.
In this chat we talk all things Quality and the important considerations that brewery owners both new and seasoned need to think about to ensure that they are producing a high quality beer product and can do this batch to batch.
We also dive deep into why quality is so important in a brewery, particular controls and processes that breweries should be considering in their brewing practices, as well as discussing cost effective options around building your own lab and being able to effectively analyze your beer in real time.
PART 4 - PULKIT K AGRAWAL (PK) FROM THE 5TH INGREDIENT (BEER30)
The final episode of the Brewery Consulting & Quality Management segment, I chat with Pulkit Agrawal or PK as he mostly goes by, who is Founder & CEO of the 5th Ingredient.
A topic that I never considered when planning this podcast about building a brewery, Beer30 is simply a Brewery Data Management software that helps breweries improve quality & efficiency with their brewing operations by replacing paper logs and spreadsheets by electronically capturing important data related to brew days, fermentation, packaging, inventory sales and many other back of house aspects.
This is a great chat, and a very interesting topic to cover for an aspiring brewery owner as well as for those already established breweries still slogging it out on paper when it comes to data capturing for their brewery operations.