A full day brewery experience in one of many Brewhouse and Kitchen venues across the UK - including the chance to taste many local and international craft beers.
- Price for 1 Participant
Head to one of the many fantastic Brewhouse and Kitchen venues
for a full day brewery experience - a brilliant behind-the-scenes
introduction to the process of brewing the sweet amber nectar!
The day kicks off at ten am with a drink - but not an alcoholic one just yet! You'll have a cuppa and an introduction to the day, and then it's time to get to work with the first stage of the process; mashing in. This is where the milled grains are mixed in a mash tun with water and heated up. When you've got the mash in started, you'll have a bacon butty and beer tasting break while the professional brewer explains the chemical process that's happening in the mash tun, and begins advising you on the different beer and ale types brewed here. Next up is the transfer, the re-circ and sparging - by which point you'll probably be getting fairly hungry, so it's time to break for lunch, and...yep, you guessed it, another beer - we think you've earned yourself a pint by now! After lunch you'll start the boil, adding hops and kettle finings to the mixture. Every part of the process will be explained to you as you get to it, so you'll have a really thorough understanding of brewing by five o' clock, when you'll have done the clean up and be ready to head home... or back into the pub for another well-deserved pint!
Upon leaving, all participants will receive a certificate and a
5L mini-keg of brewed beer (valued at £25) to take away on
If you're a beer lover and want to know more about how the stuff is actually made, or you're looking for a great gift for someone who appreciates a nice, cold, crisp pint of beer or 6, this full day brewery experience is one of our top experience gifts!
This experience is usually run twice a week on Fridays and Saturdays (subject to availability). Availability will vary according to chosen venue.
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Experience Duration: 07:00
Time at Venue: 07:00
The Brewery experience lasts for approximately 7 hours with a
11am start time.
There will be a mid-morning snack break, and then a lunch break at approximately 13:30.
Participants: The Beer Brewing Experience - Full Day is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 10
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
Each Beer Brewing Experience is run in small groups.
Maximum Group size: 10
Please note, this experience is not suitable for spectators, although they may wish to enjoy the pub facilities upon pick-up or drop off.
You can wear whatever you like for the Brewery Experience.
This experience is not affected by the weather.
Here at Experience Days, we are very excited to be working with a new experience provider – Brewhouse and Kitchen. They very kindly invited us to take part in a brewing session in one of their 5 stunning locations, to collect footage, check out how the day works, and see what they are all about.
On Sunday 22nd February, leaden with GoPro cameras, both Poppy and I arrived at the Islington Brewhouse and were welcomed into the spacious, warm pub area by the friendly face of our expert brewer, Pete. We were shown to the brewing area, and offered tea or coffee to set ourselves up for the day. Being instructed that the process ran on a fairly strict time-scale, we made our introductions with the other participants, and began brewing.
The process started with the Hot Water Tank, which had already been fired up the previous day, and set to the optimum temperature. This released an exact amount of water into the Mash Tun, which was to be mixed with the grain. Chief Brewer, Pete provided us with an in depth explanation about the importance of the type of malt grain, and the effect that this has on the type of beer that is produced. Having explained that we would be brewing a Pale Ale, members of the group were encouraged to help Pete empty the sacks of malt into the Mash Tun, ready to be mixed – at the right temperature, this would break down the grain, and release the sugars to be fermented.
Then it was time to start tasting beers! Pete took us round to the bar an explained the difference between the cask ales and how each was made, whilst we sipped on various Craft beers to our heart’s content. We each picked a beer, and he poured us a large drink to enjoy at our own leisure.
Returning to the Mash Tun, it was time to drain off the ‘wort’, and then remove the ‘spent grain’. Unafraid of getting her hands dirty, my trusty colleague, Poppy offered herself up to help with this part of the process. As the numerous sacks were filled, Pete explained how the spent grain was donated to local allotments and gardens, to help the community.
Then we learnt all about hops – how the different types and the quantities would affect the final flavour of the beer, and why some types were more popular than others. The dried hops were added to the Copper or ‘kettle’, where they are boiled with the wort from the mash.
Then it was time for lunch…and what a choice we were presented with – every item has been carefully matched to a complimentary beer. We were told that we could choose any item from the wide menu – this was not an easy feat. However, having seen the roast dinners leaving the kitchen all afternoon, both Poppy and I elected for the roast beef. It certainly did not let us down. This break also allowed ample time for getting to know our fellow ‘brewers’ much better. Being the social drink that beer is (and having been asked repeatedly throughout the morning and afternoon if we would like another) the conversation flowed easily and added to the experience as a whole!
Getting back to ‘work’, the liquid was separated from the hops, passed through a heat exchanger, and into the fermentation tank to cool. This is where the yeast was added, and the sugars are gradually turned to alcohol.
Throughout the day our chief brewer, Pete, was able to explain all aspects of the process, both at a scientific level, and in simple terms (for those of us who didn’t understand all of the molecular science) and had a wide understanding of historical and cultural brewing processes. He enjoyed being asked questions, and seemed to relish sharing stories from his South African roots and his history as a brewer.
As if we hadn’t had enough to drink throughout the day, upon leaving, all participants were welcome to take home a 5 litre keg of beer…for no additional cost!
We left the Brewhouse & Kitchen, feeling highly educated in the art of craft beer making, and perhaps a little sleepy.
This tour is perfectly suited to anyone with an interest in beer – be you a ‘ticker’ (beer drinking enthusiast), a home brewer, or even a complete novice such as myself, this experience is perfectly suited to all. Pete’s friendly and laid back attitude is infectious, and you are guaranteed to have a great day, from start to finish. The beautifully trendy, yet traditional surroundings are a brilliant added bonus.