Brewlab 2017-06-15T08:33:08+00:00

Are you looking for a fresh and exciting career change, or just to learn a new skill?

Brewlab, Darwin Brewery’s sister company, can help you on your way.

Founded in 1986, Brewlab has trained over 500 brewers with many going forward to start up their own commercial breweries in Britain and abroad. With a range of courses covering topics from taste training and start up to accredited diploma courses. Brewlab provides a full career path to becoming a professional brewer. Brewlab maintains links with many of its past students from around the world, many of whom provide our students with placements and advice. No one is better qualified to give support; after all, they are proof of what can be achieved with an industry recognised qualification from Brewlab.

Brewlab provides the yeast, quality systems and technical services, to ensure Darwin beers remain at the finest quality possible. Brews are checked for their character and consistency to ensure that you receive the highest quality beer over the bar and in bottles.


At Darwin we like to think that the ‘good’ our Charles referred to is some damn good Darwin beer!

Established in 1997 Darwin Brewery has grown steadily to become one of the most respected micro-breweries in the north of England.

Darwin’s first beers were produced on a very small 18 gallon system based at Brewlab at the University of Sunderland. Three years later the brewery expanded to Crook, County Durham with the acquisition of the Hodge’s Brewery and brewed there until 2002 when two factors resulted in a move back to Sunderland.

Firstly continued growth and popularity of the beers meant space was a problem at the Crook plant with production stretched almost to capacity. Secondly, and perhaps even more important was that the recent closure of the Vaux brewery had left the city without a brewery for the first time in over one hundred years.