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5th March 2021

Hop Forward Launches Season 2 with Episode 100: More Monk Than Punk

The Hop Forward Podcast, a weekly show dedicated to the global brewing industry and beer business, returns for a second season with Episode 100: More Monk Than Punk, releasing Thursday 4th March 2021.

Discussing the journey of Leeds’ Northern Monk brewery and the future of the hospitality sector here in the UK, founder Russell Bisset joins beer broadcaster Nick Law to talk about Northern Monk’s humble beginnings, the Patrons Project, the impact of COVID-19 on the business, and how Nick was ghosted by BrewDog for Episode 100 having had promising dialogue with the UK’s largest independent brewery about James Watt appearing on the show.

Despite the lack of BrewDog for the momentous occasion, the show must go on, as they say with a guest more monk than punk… only it nearly didn’t!

‘The plan was always to take a little break after Christmas and relaunch in the New Year, says Nick Law, the show’s founder and host.  ‘However, the mental exhaustion of being plunged into a further lockdown in winter – coupled with the daily pressures of juggling homeschool while managing the various projects the company is involved in – meant that I couldn’t find the energy to speak into the microphone. I just felt done for’.

‘It was only when Russell from Northern Monk contacted me out of the blue saying he’d very much like to be a part of the show that I found the impetus to kick start the second season again’.

The new season includes episodes with brewers and supply chain businesses including Neptune Brewery, CAMRA’s Nick Boley talking about pubs and the pandemic, Deya Brewing, marketing expert Julie Rhodes from Not Your Hobby Marketing, East Meets West with Vocation & Gwelio Beer UK and many more.

The Hop Forward Podcast has a growing monthly listenership of over 3400 listeners, has featured guests such as Paul Jones from Cloudwater, beer writers Roger Protz and Pete Brown, and onlocation recordings from BrewLDN, SIBA Beer X and Northern Monk’s Dark City.

The show is also sponsored and supported by a range of supplier such as SSV Limited, Lallemand Brewing, NichesolutionsGB, Simpsons Malt, Brookhouse Hops and more.

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About the Hop Forward Podcast

Hop Forward is a weekly podcast dedicated to the craft beer industry. Including interviews, discussions and stories from a range of brewers and the entire supply chain, the Hop Forward Podcast is here to help you get ahead with your beers, brand and business.

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Hop Forward is offers creative media support, branding services and consultancy for brewers, brands and businesses in the beer industry.  We make your beer look as good as it tastes and help you brew up a better business.

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