Understanding the Technical Side of Brewing

"Anyone Can Boil an Egg"

THURSDAY, 23 March 2023, 10:30 - 17:30 GMT

By the Great Northern Section

THURSDAY, 23 March 2023

10:30: Coffee and registration, for 11:00 start.

- 17:30 GMT

Rooster’s Brewery

Unit H5, Fifth Avenue, Hornbeam Park Ave, Harrogate, HG2 8QT

The IBD Great Northern Section invites you to attend a seminar to gain an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of brewing.

This event may be helpful for candidates studying towards their GCB and IBD Brewing Diploma 1, and brewers wanting to re-enforce their technical brewing knowledge.

The Great Northern Section AGM 2023 will be held after the seminar at the same venue, starting at 18:30.


  • The day includes small group tours of Roosters brewhouse with Head Brewer Oliver Fozard.
  • Leading experts in their field will give targeted presentations on the technical aspects of brewing.
    • Solve real-life brewing challenges by drawing on the knowledge learned from the day
  • The day will end with a Q&A panel hosted by Mark Slater, Head Brewer at Theakston’s

Please wear closed-toe shoes for the brewery visit, Hi-Vis will be provided.


  • Iain Kenny, Head of Technical, Murphy and Son
    • Understanding essential water chemistry and water treatment options for different beer styles
  • Mike Benson, Technical Sales, Crisp Malt
    • Understanding a malt certificate of analysis and the impacts on your brewery and beer
  • Andrew Paterson, Technical Sales Manager, Lallemand
    • Getting the best from your brewing yeast
  • Will Rogers, Global Technical Director, Charles Faram Hops
    • Timing of hop addition and their effect on beer flavour
  • Alison Douglas, Director, Brewlab
    • Importance of good quality control in your brewery, whatever it's size or budget. There will be an opportunity gain some practical skills on the day!

Why You Should Attend:

  1. Share practical knowledge of the 4 main ingredients in beer and build your problem-solving skills
  2. Chance to ask questions to 5 experts in their field and 2 well-renowned Head Brewers.
  3. Networking and socialising with other members and guests


How to get there:

  • The brewery is a short walk from Harrogate Hornbeam Park railway station.
  • Limited parking on site.

Tickets: Tea, coffee and lunch included.

  • IBD members: £36 (includes VAT)
  • Non-members: £60  (includes VAT)

Booking deadline: Monday, 20th March

For any questions, please contact Jayne Hewitt (Secretary of the Great Northern Section)