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One day course in Cask Ale and Beer Cellar Management

This is a short course for those in the trade who look after, dispense, or are just interested in, real ale.

The principal trainer on this course will be David Porter and he will share his experience of running real ale outlets (and brewing) for over 15 years, with numerous CAMRA pub awards to prove it. You will then be in a position to get the very best from the live and beautiful product that is real ale.

The next date for this course is Saturday 10th March 2018. Start time is 10am, ending at about 4pm, Cost including lunch is £40+VAT. If you need more details – simply ask! If you want to book this course simply drop us an email expressing your interest

Course Trainers:

David Porter Carl Heron Adrian Corke Matt Robinson


We offer only ONE course because we know we will answer ALL your brewery start up and brewing questions.

As The UKs most successful and prolific Brewery Installer and Consultant, David Porter is the principal trainer on this 4/5 day brewing course which is aimed at individuals who might be thinking of becoming brewers, or people who feel the need to augment their knowledge as current operators.

PBC Brewery Installations have designed, installed and commissioned more than 350 breweries worldwide, training directly more than 1000 people at our old brewery and training facilities in Bury. Outstanding Brewing Company ltd. has been located in Bury for over nine years where we have brewed over 5 million pints in this short time.

BRAND NEW Training Location - where we brew our beer is based at the premises of:

Unit 1
Foundry Business Park
Ordsall Lane
M5 3LW


The NEW brewery capacity is a maximum of 24 BBLs (4000 litres)

The main training inspiration is from David Porter who runs nine microbrewery training courses each year, aimed at people requiring practical brewery training and relevant start up information in a real commercial brewery environment. David Porter will share his invaluable experience giving students insight into achieving a successful business launch,the current market conditions, the brewing process and plant alternatives. Above all David is a practical brewer who has brewed almost every week for more than 20 years, with numerous beer festival awards to prove it!

We also have a micro brewery mentality and have never brewed bland mass produced products in a beer factory.

We run nine courses a year which are usually full several weeks before the start date, so early booking is recommended.

To express an interest in booking a course simply send us an email and we will send you the availability and deposit details.

Please note that the course is conducted in English and has technical and scientific content; therefore you should be fluent in English if it is not your first language.



Our New Training Room



20th – 24th November 2017 course now full
15th – 19th January 2018
5th – 9th March 2018
9th – 14th April 2018
11th – 15th June 2018

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 14.

Course Note Contents

  1. Barley, types and malting
  2. Other ingredients, including hops
  3. The brewing Process
  4. The plant required

Other subjects covered:-

    • effluent, planning, EHOs & HM Revenue
    • marketing, costs and administrative basics
    • wholesalers
    • bottling

The course is split into two modules - 4 and 5 days.

Full course notes will be given out

Day 1
Theory from barley production, malting, types of malt, lab analysis of malt, water, hops, yeast and finings.

Day 2
The Brewing Process in theory - from preparing the malt through mashing in, boiling, fermentation, packaging to what can go wrong. This day includes a presentation and a practical demonstration of how to bottle real ale, from experts at Leek Brewery.

Day 3
Where we all get hands on and brew two beers. We will be using our commercial brewery to probably brew two beers at the same time. We will also be using type 90 hop pellets and whole hops.

Day 4
We will analyse the beer now in the fermenting vessels and then will discuss the brewing equipment and layout required with all the alternatives. Also covered is cleansing and sterilising, cask washing and filling. We will also cover Effluent, Planning, Environmental Health Officers, HM Revenue & Customs, Marketing and Business Analysis & Costs.

Optional Day 5
Advanced theory, and cold filtering – carbonating and back pressure filling ale or lager in to kegs and bottles. We will also discuss craft beer in cans. With a presentation on various filter technologies. We offer the only course in the world that can give a practical and theoretical insight into cold filtering, coarse filtering, kegging & bottling carbonated beers in a day.

Costs including Lunch

4 days £400 + VAT
5 days £550 + VAT


Quality local hotels can be secured for the short course for around £50 per night B&B
The site is about 20 minutes from Manchester airport.

Unsolicited student comments:-

I Just wanted to thank you for this amazing week in Manchester. The course was just great. I found it really interesting, in a theoretical ant practical way. It made me feel much more confident with brewing, and with the equipment I will soon have to work on. I had great time with you and the other brewers, inside and outside the brewery! Many things about beer are different in France than in the UK, but it is a great opportunity speaking about it with people coming from different countries. No doubt that it will help be becoming a better brewer. Thomas Le Roux. Attended June 17 and took a brewery install August 17. Avignon.

Hi Dave, Many thanks for the course last week. Although I've been involved with brewing for over 20 years in some way or another, I found out during your course that what I had been taught and/or learnt was too much in my opinion, a bit over complicated and not entirely necessary. Not wasted knowledge but not strictly required. What you enlightened me and the other trainees to was the relative simplicity with which brewing beer can be done very successfully and this shows in the number of people, brewers or not, that have passed through your doors and gone on to greater things brewing for themselves and winning awards on your equipment. With a healthy dose of your first-hand experience, enthusiasm and a bit of fun you showed us how to brew 2 ales from start to finish and what came across was the simple tried and tested techniques even when things weren't going totally to plan. We couldn't have asked for anything more and I feel it was money very well spent and answered many questions for me personally. Hopefully I'll get my plans together and be knocking at your door to do an install for me in due course. Chris Cudlip, Lancashire

Firstly I’d like to thank you again for the course. I found it extremely interesting and very informative and I came away with a greater knowledge and understanding of information I have previously only read. Being in the brewery and physically seeing, touching, tasting and smelling the processes really is the best education you can get on the subject. It was great meeting likeminded people and I have gained some extremely useful information from you guys. The course was ‘Outstanding’ in my opinion However, attending the course has made the desire to start up and run my own Brewery even more appealing, only I want to do it sooner rather than later now!! Mr Horne, Bedfordshire.

Just wanted to say "thanks" for the course a couple of weeks ago. It was very useful, informative and a covered everything anyone would want to know to brew and sell beer. Mr Muff. Yorkshire

Thanks for the information and enthusiasm during the brewery course earlier this month. It has given me the answers to a lot of questions and the confidence to push ahead with my plans. Mr Bannister, Pembrokeshire.

Thanks for the course over the past few days. I enjoyed your company and humour as well as the training. My objective was to gain experience on the practical aspects of running a microbrewery and that's exactly what I got. I now feel more confident about the entire process. The networking was good too - I have a feeling I will stay in touch with many other students as they develop their breweries. Mr Murray, Oxfordshire

Just a quick note to say thanks for a very informative and enjoyable week. Andy and myself got from the course and a lot of the answers to questions we had to progress in our quest into Micro Brewing. Mr Callender, Surry

Hi David, thanks for the course, I found it really useful and found the answers to many of my brewing problems. Mr Charlton, Hampshire

Quick note to say thanks again, great course, practical and pragmatic with enough theory stitching it together so it all makes sense. Hopefully I will be getting back to you in the not too distant future to firm up equipment. Should be a load of fun! Mr White, Scotland

Many thanks for last week's course: enjoyable, informative and encouraging. It certainly helped me to firm up my plans and confirmed my judgement that you'd be the folk to come to when I'm ordering plant. Mr Martin, Ireland

Many thanks for a great week last week - learnt an absolute ton, obviously and it just made me more determined to get my own little setup off the ground as soon as possible so with that in mind I definitely want you to schedule me for a brewery install. Mr Nicholson, Sweden

Well done on a brilliant course that provided exactly what is required for the almost virgin brewer! I had a cracking time and it was great to meet people thinking and planning the same stuff. Mr Fitzpatrick, Ireland

Just wanted to say thank you for the wealth of information and enthusiasm given to us during the course. I learnt so much and gained a great deal of confidence, while at the same time having fun. Without a doubt some of the tips and pointers will save me a fortune in my future business. through the savings the knowledge will bring. Highly recommended. Mr Tracey, West Midlands.

David, I thought I would just drop you a note to thank you for the course, I was warned what to expect regarding your honesty, bluntness and pragmatic approach and I was not disappointed, This mixed with your enthusiasm gave me all the information regarding making of beer and the brewing business I thought I needed, and more. Mr Roberts, Linconshire