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Show news – Sunday 23rd April 2017

Fermentation Radio Show  – the UK’s only beer and brewing show on FM radio – broadcasts live at 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd April.

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On this month’s show:

  • beer writer extraordinaire, Adrian Tierney-Jones, talks about the past, present and future of independent beer;
  • the legendary Dave Stone from the equally legendary Wylam Brewery explains his approach to good beer;
  • Ruth & Ali from The Watchmaker’s talk micropubs and birthday beer festivals;
  • resident homebrew expert, James Torr, brews a primitive beer outdoors in the Sussex countryside, and
  • beer sommelier, Jane Peyton, launches her new monthly beer and food matching slot.

Tune in on Radio Reverb or catch up later via iTunes.


Show news – Sunday 26th March 2017

This month’s show is fast approaching – and it’s going to be a busy one!

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Tune into Radio Reverb at 3pm on Sunday 26th March for:

  • an interview with Theo and Gareth from one of the most talked about breweries of the moment – DEYA Brewing Company;
  • all the news about next weekend’s Tap Takeover;
  • a fascinating insight into the history and ethos of the legendary Pitfield Brewery;
  • news of a brand new beer from Bedlam Brewery, and
  • everything you need to know about The Pond, which re-opens as Brighton’s newest beer bar next week.


Get ready for the Tap Takeover: Friday 31st March – Sunday 2nd April

Earlier tonight I met up with Niki Deighton – Beer Collective – and Jack Hibberd – Laine Brew Co. – to talk about the upcoming Tap Takeover – one of the most exciting beer events ever to hit Brighton!

Over the weekend of 31st March – 2nd April a total of 12 breweries, from across the UK and Europe, will descend on the city, taking over the taps of a number of venues and creating a pub tour of epic proportions.

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This year’s Tap Takeover breweries are:

Wylam (Newcastle)

Edge (Barcelona)

Moor Beer (Bristol)

Garden Brewery (Zagreb, Croatia)

Burning Sky (Sussex)

Fierce (Aberdeen)

Laine Brew Co (Sussex)

Two Tribes Brewing (Sussex)

Fourpure (London)

Gipsy Hill Brewing Co (London)

Five Points Brewing Co (London)

Boundary (Belfast)

And if you can’t find something to love in that lot, perhaps you don’t even like beer…

All the venues are within walking distance of each other in the centre of town and include The Earth & Stars, The Victory, The White Rabbit, The Mash Tun and The Black Lion. The North Laine Brew House is the festival hub and will host a 20-strong keg wall from all breweries. The Bath Arms will act as the cask hub with a rotating line-up of cask beers from all the breweries. Fermentation Radio Show’s collaboration brew with Two Tribes (see previous news below) will be on offer at The Mesmerist in Prince Albert Street.

In addition to the beers, Original Gravity magazine is curating a programme of events, tastings and talks which will be free to all wristband holders.

Find out more about the Tap Takeover on the Fermentation Radio Show on Radio Reverb this Sunday (26th March) at 3pm or check out the Tap Takeover website for more details.


Saturday 11th March – Pitfield Brewery at Vegfest Brighton

Pitfield Brewery is a traditional brewery with a modern outlook – plus that somewhat rarer quality: a social conscience. Pitfield was the first certified organic brewery in the country, and, since 2000, has been fully vegan – now producing the most extensive range of vegan beers in the world. Last Saturday, at Vegfest Brighton, I was lucky enough to meet up with Head Brewer, Andrew Skene, for a chat about the brewery’s history and philosophy.

And, as it turns out Andrew is both a historian and a philosopher! We had a fascinating chat ranging from the roots of brewery back in the 1980s, to the role beer has played in the development of civilisation. And you can hear our discussion on the Fermentation Radio Show on Radio Reverb on Sunday 26th March at 3pm.



Friday 10th March – Bedlam Brewery launch Kraft – German Pale Ale – at Duke of Wellington

If you’re a regular listener to the Fermentation Radio Show you’ll be familiar with the force of nature that is Fabio Israel from Bedlam Brewery. The product of a three-year brewing apprenticeship in Germany, Fabio is a qualified brewer and maltster who became a head brewer at the age of 24. He’s an incredibly talented beer maker who imbues Bedlam’s brews with a combination of tradition and modernity that you can taste in every sip. And now he’s brought together his knowledge and skill to create Kraft – a 4.9% German Pale Ale which was launched last Friday at the  Duke of Wellington in Shoreham.

As we’ve come to expect from Bedlam, the beer is a fresh, ‘Rheinheitsgebot pure’, eminently sessionable, pale ale with an aromatic beginning and clean, dry ending. Using German malts and hops including Hull Melon and Hercules, Bedlam have created a crisp, easy-drinking yet flavoursome pale ale that I can only imagine wanting more of as the days get longer and brighter, and my late-afternoon thirst gets more in need of slaking. At the moment Kraft is a limited edition seasonal – so grab it while you can!

At the launch, I caught up with Paul Reed – formerly of Dark Star and now settling in as Joint Managing Director of Bedlam. You can hear what he had to say about Kraft and about Bedlam’s exciting future on the Fermentation Radio Show on Radio Reverb on Sunday 26th March at 3pm.


Saturday 4th March 2017 – Deya Tap Takeover & Meet the Brewer at Brighton Beer Dispensary

Last night Brighton Beer Dispensary hosted one of the most talked about breweries of the moment. Deya Brewing’s tagline is ‘Fresh – Clean – Intense’ and the selection of brews on offer certainly did not disappoint!

High Planes Drifter – the Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Verdant – was, of course, incredibly popular – and with good reason. It exemplifies why these two breweries are being tipped for great things by the general drinking public and beer writers alike. The  hazy, hop-forward, full mouthfeel theme runs through all of their offerings including their core pale ale, Steady Rolling Man, and the refreshingly unusual Honey Bee Good – a honey milkshake pale ale brewed in collaboration with Odyssey.

I took the opportunity to talk to Deya’s founder, Theo Freyne, and brewer, Gareth Moore, who had travelled down from Cheltenham for the event. Unsurprisingly, they are knowledgeable, committed, and passionate about the beer they’re brewing. I have no doubt that Deya will continue to surprise and please over the coming months and years.

You can hear my interview with Theo and Gareth on the Fermentation Radio Show on Radio Reverb at 3pm on Sunday 26th March.


Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – Fermentation Radio Show/Two Tribes Brewery collaboration

I just spent a wonderful day brewing alongside Jordan Mower – Head Brewer at Two Tribes Brewery. We brewed up a Fermentation Radio Show/Two Tribes collaboration – a New England IPA using a grist heavy on wheat and oats, plus lots and lots of fruity hops.

If you want to find out more about the beer style, and hear an interview with Jordan, tune into Fermentation Radio Show on Radio Reverb this Sunday (26 February) at 3pm.

And if you want to taste this beer, it will be available at  The Mesmerist as part of the Tap Takeover weekend at the end of March. More details on Sunday’s show.

Sunday 12th February 2017 – show news

February’s Fermentation Radio Show will broadcast live on Radio Reverb on Sunday 26th February 2017. The show will feature:

  • Jamie Simm – head brewer at Long Man Brewery discussing sustainability in brewing;
  • a couple of the monks from Leeds’ Northern Monk Brewery taking over the taps at the Brighton Beer Dispensary, and
  • Robert Parker, beer sommelier and the brains behind Beer and Brew Beer Events and Consultancy, plus
  • much, much more!