Italy is perhaps best known as being the home of fine wines and good food, but a Derbyshire-based brewery has found itself at the heart of a craft beer revolution which has been steadily sweeping across the nation.
The Staveley-based Raw Brewing Company has secured partnership agreements with three Italian breweries and through the unique collaboration, Raw’s range of beers are increasingly becoming a common site in bars and restaurants across Italy from Milan to Sardinia.
Raw’s entry into the export market was the result of a speculative email sent to the brewery by entrepreneur Antoni Corraine, who looking for advice on building a new Microbrewery in Sardinia which embraced traditional English-style brewing methods.
Over the following weeks more emails between Antoni and Raw brewery founder were exchanged and as the relationship developed Raw’s David Hemstock signed up to join the European Entrepreneur Exchange programme, a special scheme designed to help businesses working across Europe collaborate on new projects.
The collaboration saw Antoni travel to the UK on three occasions; each time spending a month working with David where he spent time learning about the UK brewery business, refining his brewing skills and perfecting his grasp of English. In the return, David was invited to Sardinia to meet brewers from the region and allowing Raw to forge trading partnerships with a number of Italian breweries.
The partnership arrangements have allowed Raw to enter the Italian beer market and through the assistance provided by Antoni, Raw has been able to successfully export its beers to Italy which can now be found on the bars in many different outlets throughout Italy.
David was guest of honour at the prestigious Fermento Sardo event, a unique celebration of craft beers brewed in Sardinia, where met members of Sardinia’s growing brewing community and offered support and advice as well as sharing tips on how to develop beers based around traditional English brewing methods.
The collaboration will also give regular visitors to Raw’s growing number of brewery-owned pubs the chance to taste some of the newly developed Italian beers
David said: “Export is a milestone for every brewery business and arguably of the fastest growing sectors of the industry. Through our work with Antoni and the new Trulla Brewery we were able to forge a strong working relationship with a number of Italian brewers allowing us to take our first tentative steps into the selling our products in Europe.
“The partnership we have forged with the Trulla brewery is a genuine collaboration, we have helped Antoni to realise his vision of setting up and running his own Italian microbrewery and in return we have been able to successfully enter the export market and we have developed several beers in collaboration – bringing together the best element of both British and Italian styles
“The Italian beer market is very different to the UK one. Craft beers in particular are regarded as a premium product in Italy which are drunk in smaller quantities and very often matched with food. Our beers have attracted a lot of interest in Italy, not only from the local brewing community but also from members of the public.
“Our move into Export and the partnerships we have developed in Italy has been a significant step for the business, but one that is helping to lay the foundations for significant future growth.”
Established in 2010, the Raw Brewing Company was founded by David Hemstock and partner Michelle Tuddenham. Together they have overseen the growth of the business, which currently produces over 9,000 pints of beer per week. The company also operates four pubs throughout South, including the Butchers Arms, Woodsetts, White Swan, Chesterfield and The Brown Cow, Mansfield.
Pictured is David Hemstock, Managing Director, Raw Brewery, Antoni Corraine, founder of the Sardnian Trulla brewery and Roberto Zampidda-Sanna, one of the organisers of Fermento Sardo.