A Beer For Manchester - Winner Backstory

Cosmetically Challenged brewed by Tom won the Manchester Homebrew Expo 'A Beer For Manchester' competition. He's kindly shared some of his thoughts and experiences refining the recipe. In Tom's own words: First off thanks for all the organisation, Steve for giving his time and giving the brewery over and the judges for forcing down free beer. It was a great afternoon and the feedback on 'A beer for Manchester' from the industry judges really useful and important. So a New England IPA as a beer for Manchester? Around Easter last year, I attended Aberdeen for a beer related event... One...

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...

Feb 2017 Meet Writeup

A meetup of two halves. First half a brought a number of session pale ales with introductions, light discussions and banter. Second half brought the serious complex, strong, unique beers and topics of water treatment! Welcome New People With a few of our regular members away this month it was nice to welcome a couple of new faces Steph and Ali. Steph decided a number of years ago that he wanted a career change and wanted to become a brewer. After moving to the UK from Italy and obtaining his brewing science degree he now works for Joseph Holt's brewery....