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Monday, 7 July 2014

Microbreweries - How many?

Latest figures from the likes of CAMRA would  suggest that the UK has now over 1200 microbreweries.  The Good Beer guide 2014 featured 1147 breweries producing over 5000 different beers.  This trend in new breweries has mirrored the trend seen in the US where the whole craft brewing revolution kicked off.  In the US the number of micro breweries has also increased dramatically over the last 30 years after hitting a low point in the late 1970s at 89. A total of 3,040 active breweries were last   counted by the American Brewers Association at the end of June 2014.  US breweries have just crossed the 3.000 brewery level for the fist time since 1870.  Is this rapid expansion sustainable? The question for many beer commentators has been is this rapid expansion of numbers of breweries something that can continue.  In the US the expansion has been built on microbreweries supplying the local market with the majority of Americans now living within 10 miles of a local microbrewery.  What is the limit on microbrewery numbers?  Based on data from 1873 if the per capita ratio for breweries was replicated then the US could support up to 30,000 micro breweries.

In the UK according to the Campaign for Real Ale's ( CAMRA) the growth prospects are similar  with the most recent figures in 2013 revealing that there were an additional 187 breweries featured in their Good Beer Guide for 2014, a 14% increase on the year before.  West Yorkshire was the area of the country with the most numerous microbreweries with 57 recorded.

CAMRA has also noted the variety of new different styles of microbreweries that were opening including: a converted school outbuilding in Lancashire, beer brewing pizzeria in London & a converted dairy in Buckinghamshire.

Is there a limit to the number of microbreweries?

The beer industry in the UK is worth 16.5 billions pounds and is only 2nd in size in Europe to Germany.  Latest statistics from Chris Holden one of Brew-School and former Director of Insights at Molson Coors and one of the tutors on the Setting Up A Microbrewery Course indicate that microbreweries still account for only about 3% of the total UK beer market.  The current beer trends also indicate that drinkers are turning away from mass produced lager in favour of real ales and craft beers. In 2012 sales of cask beer increased for the first time in 20 years with 2.2 million barrels of real ale being sold a 1.6% rise.  For the latest on the figures for cask beer sales have a look at the latest cask report.

Reuters has recently carried a report about the changing face of beer drinking in the UK.  Gassy lager may be still the chosen tipple for many younger drinkers but there is an increasing appetite amongst  trendy drinkers and women trying real ale highlighting the fact that real ale or craft beer is becoming cool!  You only have to see the likes of Craft Beer Rising in Glasgow to realise that real consumption is no longer the preserve of bearded middle age men.

This is good news for people looking to set up a microbrewery as demand for real ale or craft beer continues to rise at the expense of mainstream and mass produced lagers and beers.


Chris Holden of Ashdale Consulting estimates that microbreweries even with the dramatic increase in numbers still only accounts for 3% of beer production compared to the 7.8% of the market made up by craft breweries in the US.  This gives microbreweries massive scope to convert more drinkers to higher quality more bespoke and interesting beers.

How many microbreweries could we see?

If the current trend in microbrewery openings continues this would suggest that in the next 5 years the UK could be approaching the same number of microbreweries as in the US with over 2000 commercial microbreweries.  Brew-School in Bakewell which started offering courses in All Grain Brewing in 2012 now also offers 3 days weekend courses 4 to 5 times a year instructing over 100 potential micro brewers how they can set up their own microbrewery.

Chris Horne Director at Hartingtons Brew-School comments: "one thing that is clear is that there is an enormous appetite for interesting quality beer in the UK.  Drinkers are more discerning than ever. At Brew-School we hope we can open brewers eyes to the massive range of beers such a Lambic beer, wheat beers, fruit beer and the potential to build winning beer brands.  There are so many untapped markets out there.  Think of a beer brand that appeals to ladies which could appeal to a pretty much an untapped market.  There is a long way to go in the resurgence of microbreweries which is why brewing is such an exciting area to be in right now!"

Recent research does highlight the power of the brand when setting up your brewery and this is an important part of the course considering how to differentiate your beer and brewery offer from the rest.

How to set up my own microbrewery?

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Carsington Water Food & Drink Fair - 29th June

Carsington Water the famous Derbyshire visitor attraction hosts the very popular Food and Drink Fair on the 29th June.  This 'Summer Extravaganza' promises to be double the size of recent food & drink fairs and exhibitors will include some of the premier food & drink producers from the region. 

This Derbyshire food fair is rapidly becoming one of the highlights of the Derbyshire foodie scene.

This time the event will have over 25 food and drink stalls selling and showcasing the following tasty delights:
  •  Jaquest (smoked cheese, meats, fish)
  • The Loaf (artisan bread and other delicious bakery products)
  • Dad’s Bees (honey)
  • So Smoothies (fabulous fruit smoothies)
  • Really Good Cheese Company (artisan cheese)
  • Fruit and Herb Company (unique dressings, dips, oils and Derbyshire oatcakes),
  • Blooms (herbs and culinary plants)
  • Olive Oil from France (fabulous olive oil from their own olive trees)
  • Cocoa Tabby (artisan chocolates)
  • Apna Spice (Indian delights)
  • Smith Hall Organics (artisan pork pies and other meat products)
  • Greenside Deli (award winning jams, chutneys and preserves)
  • Sage Green Cuisine (vegetarian and vegan food)
  • Winning Works (slate cheese boards, wooden boards and other kitchen accessories)
  • Home Made Delights (hummous, dips, quiches and pasties)
  • Staffordshire Savoury Eggs (wide selection of savoury eggs)
  • Birdhouse Tea Company (teas)
  • Derventio Brewery (beer by the bottle and keg and gift packs)
  • Mainsail Restaurant (delicious hot and cold food)
  • Hartingtons of Bakewell (Artisan Food and Drink Courses, proving baskets, breadmaking kits, dough scrapers, cheese moulds......and lots more!!
Carsington Water Food & Drink Fair opens it doors to visitors from 10 - 4pm on Sunday 29th June.  Entry is free and there will be loads of free tasters and the opportunity to talk to artisan food producers to here their story before you buy.

Derbyshire Food Fairs

Friday, 16 May 2014

Gourmet supper club NEW menu launched at Derbyshire Food & Drink

The widely anticipated one off menu for the acclaimed Gourmet Supper Club staged at Hartingtons School of Food in Bakewell will be revealed at Derbyshire Food & Drink this coming weekend (17-18 May). 

Hartingtons will reveal the 6 course tasting menu to be prepared by chef brothers Christian and Danny Szurko at the prestigious Derbyshire event.  The Gourmet Supper Club has rapidly become a highlight of the Peak District dining scene selling out within days of the menu being release.  With only 3 more Gourmet Supper Clubs planned for the whole of 2014 it's a case of booking while you can.

The Gourmet Supper Club take place in the School of Food on Friday 5th September and a tutored wine tasting is provided by Jane Cummings of John Hattersley Wines of Bakewell. 

To see images of the recent Gourmet Supper Club have a look at our Facebook page.

Hartingtons will be featuring its full range of courses and showcasing some exclusive show offers at Elvaston Castle in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Cookery Courses

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Carsington Water Food Fair - returns

The Carsington Water Food Fair returns on Sunday the 6th of April as a series of food and drink fairs kicks off at the Derbyshire vistior attraction for 2014.

The first food fair at Carsington promoted by Hartingtons School of Food in Bakewell who are know for their passion and expertise for artisan locally produced food.

The Food Fair makes a welcome return to Carsington Water on Sunday 6th April with Hartingtons 'pop up' Food Fair featuring a selection of artisan food & drink producers from the local area.  Come along and meet, taste and buy.

Music will be provided by Severn Trent Choir & the Ashbourne Duathlon will also come to it's dramatic conclusion during the day.

Food stalls are open from 10 am until 4 pm.

Derbyshire Food & Drink Fairs

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Flavours of Chatsworth - Celebrity Chef

We love Chatsworth House.  What's more it is on our door step.  Just a 10 minute drive down the road will take you to this national treasure.  One of our favourite celebrity chefs is Rachel Green who has a long association with Chatsworth and particularly the now Dowager Duchess.  The Chatsworth Cookery Book  written by Rachel was inspired by both her and the Chatsworth estates fascination with local ingredients and seasonal flavours.

We a delighted to welcome Rachel back to Hartingtons to take one of our favourite chefs and courses and allow you to get a real Flavour of Chatsworth.

Cookery Courses Derbyshire

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

NEW Courses for 2014

Hartingtons has a fabulous new range of artisan food and cookery courses for 2014. So why not treat yourself to a course to learn a new skill?  As well as all the popular regular courses of breadmaking, cheese-making and beer brewing have a look at what's new for 2014: 

Seasonal vegetarian course
New for 2014 is a fantastic seasonal vegetarian cookery course with Wendy Swetnam who reveals  how you can produce great seasonally inspired vegetarian food simply at home.

Food smoking and preserving course
Learn all about the ancient art of food smoking and curing on this full days course with expert food smoker Turan.  On this hands on course you will learn how to construct your own cold smoker and then learn how to smoke and cure a range of foods including fish, meats, cheeses and nuts on this one day food smoking course.

Offal cookery (nose to tail cookery)

This hands on day with Chef John Parsons will introduce you to the wonderful world of nose to tail cookery.  Find out how to cook with virtually every part of the animal.  This course is about understanding the art of refined butchery techniques as well as introducing you to the tasty world of cooking with offal.

Gluten free bakery & cookery
We have had so many enquiries from people desperate to learn to cook and bake gluten free we have put on several gluten free courses.  These courses are not just for coeliacs but are for people that want to learn how to expand their baking skills as well as learning to cook authentic Indian food

Punjabi cookery course

This authentic Indian cookery course will teach you how to produce deliciously simple Punjabi food, perfectly spiced and flavoured.  It is nothing like the ubiquitous Indian takeaway food.  It is fresh, spicy and perfectly balanced as well as being healthy.  Come and learn with Kul and Kash from Coriander Garden.

Cookery Courses Derbyshire