The heart and soul behind every brewery are its people. Whether that’s the Head Brewer, shift brewers, the sales force, marketing departments, accountants, cellarmen, the dray runners, tap room staff, administrators, and all the other weird and wonderful characters that make up a brewery operation – they all contribute to that tingling taste that tantalize the taste buds at the end of the working day.
It was these people that owner of Marble Beers, Jan Rogers, wanted to celebrate when inviting Hop Forward to the recently rehoused Manchester brewery on a cold January morning.
Brewing up a storm since 1997, Marble Brewery was originally housed in the rear of the flagship pub, The Marble Arch Inn. Moving to a railway arch in Williamson Street – or should that be literally squeezed in – the brewery has spawned many of the UK’s brewing alumni, such as James Campell – formerly of Cloudwater; Dominic Driscoll of Thornbridge Brewery; and Colin Stronge at Salt Beer Factory amongst others.
It’s easy to focus on the names in the world of brewing – and we should celebrate these individuals that have spearheaded contemporary British beer in the 21st century. But there are many more people who contribute towards the creation, distribution and dispense of the beers we know and love today from our favourite breweries.
Sharing their stories and experiences from working within a close-knit team, Joe, Carl, Paul and Plougers share the highs and lows of working in a small production brewery with a big reputation.
This episode may be about Marble Beers but it’s dedicated to celebrating the unsung heroes in beer, working tirelessly in the industry to brew and deliver fantastic beers.
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