Brew Con

Last weekend I went to London for the first UK Homebrewing Convention, held over two days in East London. On Saturday evening there was 'Club Night'. This was a chance for homebrewers to serve each other their beers. The evening was very informally organised but worked out well. Each club had a table from which to serve their beers and was responsible for the theme of their area. Some clubs came in fancy dress, like US homebrew convention club nights. I took a beer along as part of Brewcialism, an internet based club which has members from across the country....

Brewing With Blood

Yep. You read that right. In June 2017 Manchester Homebrew held a "Will It Brew?" challange. Everybody wishing to take part was asked to bring along a weird ingredient. It had to be something you wouldn't normally find in beer. It couldn't be poisonous to humans or yeast. And if it was an animal product Steve couldn't brew with it. His brewery, Beer Nouveau, is vegan and he didn't want to contaminate his kit. Though he has since brewed a Cock Ale with chicken and a recreation of Mercer's Meat Stout with beef stock. So I don't think we'll let...

Sept 2017 Meet Writeup

This month saw us sample the 'Will It Brew?' beers, a number of freebies, confirmation of a mid-week meetup and overall a great turnout of people and beers. Will It Brew We can all honestly say that the will it brew challenge was a success which produced some very interesting and unique beers. We enjoyed it so much that this challenge will likely feature again next year. Here's what the group produced: Steve - Porcini Mushrooms - 7.5% Beer brewed with the porcini mushrooms as well as a white wine kit. Subtle and surprisingly good. James & Lucy...

Aug 2017 Meet Writeup

Its been far too long since we last wrote anything about our regular meetups. As August tends to be a quite month due to people's holidays I thought the write up would be short and sweet. Instead we had a reasonable turnout, new faces, lots of beers in attendance and covered a few topics. Welcome New People We had Rob, Matthew and Rolan join us for the first time this month. Thanks for coming it was a pleasure to meet you all. We trust that you got something out of the meetup and enjoyed it. September Meetup - Will It...

Manchester Homebrew Expo - Best In Show 'Lazaretto IPA'

Lazaretto IPA brewed by Simon won the Manchester Homebrew Expo 'Best In Show' competition as voted by the public. He's kindly shared some of his thoughts and experiences about the event and his win. In Simons's own words: The Homebrew Expo I thought the Manchester Homebrew Expo was a fantastic event, therefore I should start with some thanks. Firstly to Steve (Beer Nouveau) as our host for opening up his brewery and his all round support and enthusiasm. Secondly to the brewers, no event without beer right!! the range and quality of beer along with passion shown by their brewers...