Science of craft beer on show at food festival

A former science teacher who turned his hand to craft beer brewing will host a series of masterclasses at next weekend’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

The Steam Machine brewery in Newton Aycliffe was founded by husband and wife Nick and Gulen Smith. They’ve created eight unique beers from a well balanced IPA to a smoked porter infused with lapsang souchong tea leaves.

Next weekend they’ll be sharing their experience of starting a brewery and the science behind craft beer at Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

“Whilst one half of Steam Machine is from Istanbul, the other went to school in Bishop Auckland and it’s exciting to be sharing the festival with other unique producers,” said Nick.

All of the food festival’s masterclasses are available to book at £5 per person. In addition to the science of craft beer, beer making and building a craft brewery visitors can also learn about wine tasting, pizza making, Ginstitute, charcuterie, knife skills and cheese tasting and making. There’ll also be kid’s and adult’s chocolate workshops.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April in the Market Place and Auckland Castle grounds.