What happens next after your brewery ceases trading…?

What happens next after your brewery ceases trading...?

We are really pleased to have been working with Nick from Hop Forward again recently, so have sponsored a few episodes as support to podcast stream.   This is one of those episodes, so give it a listen while you work or are pottering about.


On Monday 4th December 2022, it was announced that Warrington’s Twisted Wheel Brew Co had ceased trading.  Numerous factors contributed to the closing of this much loved brewery, including Covid, consumer confidence, cost of living crisis and the escalating costs of raw materials.

Former Twisted Wheel brewer, Anthony Barrett, joins us this week to share his experiences of working as a brewer over the years, including his time at Vocation Brewery, and shares his reflections on the state of the industry and moving forward once a brewery has ceased trading.

We’re also joined again by Will Rogers, Technical Director of Charles Faram & Co, who gives us an update on their breeding programme.

Other recent episodes (not all sponsored by us), covering hot topics, include “Will the Deposit Return Scheme wreak havoc for UK breweries…?”, “Wrestling a Brewery into Submission [with Top Rope Brewing]”and “Should Craft Brewers Be Making Beers For Social Clubs Too…?”.  


Charles Faram & Co
Charles Faram have been hop factors and merchants since 1865 and hop growers for even longer than that.  

While importing a vast catalogue of international hops, they have also developed their own varieties through their Hop Development Program set up to create wildly different aromas and flavours whilst also working closely with growers to produce varieties with good yields and disease resistance.

Every year a new class of plants are set off on their journey, involving disease assessments, aroma assessments, plot and brewing trials, to get from 10,000 individual variety seedlings to one super successful variety for commercial release.  The Faram’s Family range brings to you Archer®, Emperor™, Godiva™, Harlequin®, Jester®, Most™ (pronounced Moss-t – it’s Czech for bridge), Mystic™, Olicana®, and Opus™.

They stock nitrogen flushed leaf hops, Type 90 pellets and T45 pellets; and – to ensure their hops remain in optimum condition – they have state of the art cold stores at their sites in Worcestershire in the UK and Yakima in the USA, with their Yakima site being a staging point for quality checks and the safe journey of US hops to the UK

Charles Faram are fully committed to providing quality hops to customers at home and around the globe through their Well-hopped quality program.

Did you know that they also supply yeast, malt, fruit purees and other brewing products?  Get one delivery and one invoice.  The full range and product specifications can be found on their website charlesfaram.co.uk.

If you would like more information or expert advice on the different uses, applications and recipes, one of their Technical Advisors will be really happy to help.