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....

Manchester Homebrew Expo 2017

This years Manchester Beer Week sees the return of the highly successful Manchester Homebrew Expo. This event is a showcase of the best beer brewed by amateur brewers from across Manchester and the North West. The brewers will continue to dispel the myth that homebrewed beer is cheap and nasty by serving some of the best beers brewed in the region. It is taking place on Sunday 2nd July at Beer Nouveau Brewery Tap(75 North Western Street) from 12 noon until 6pm. The venue will be given over to homebrewers serving their beers from bottles, casks and kegs. There...

Will it Brew?

At the Easter social meeting we discussed an idea for a club brewing challenge based on an idea from American homebrew clubs. The basic concept is an unusual ingredient challenge and this is how it will probably work. Everyone who wants to be involved in the challenge buys an unusual ingredient to the 18th June meeting. These ingredients can be anything but need to be a) not a normal brewing ingredient, b) food safe, c) reasonable to brew with (ie. nothing that will kill yeast). The ingredients are allocated to brewers randomly and everyone brews a beer using the ingredient...

Manchester BJCP Exam

I am organising a BJCP beer tasting exam in Manchester in April 2018 and am looking for people interested in becoming beer judges who want to take the exam. The aim is try and increase the number of qualified BJCP beer judges in the north of England and to allow us to run our own competitions. This exam is the second part of the process of becoming a qualified judge. The first is an online, multiple choice test about beer styles and the judging process. Neither of these exams are extremely hard but do involve getting a good understanding of...

Stockport Beer Festival Homebrew Competition 2017

Entries are now open for this years competition to provide 5 beers for Bar Nouveau at the Stockport Beer Festival. The competition last year was a great success and the beers at the festival where very well received. This year the competition is looking for five new beers which will be brewed in collaboration with some of the best of Manchester's professional breweries. The competition will be officially announced in the December edition of Opening Times and judging is planned to take place in March. There are five broad categories to encourage innovation Mild - 5% Bitter - 5.5%...