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....

Scottish Beer with Ron Pattinson - Sunday 2nd April

As part of his Macbeth Tour, beer historian will be coming to Manchester on Sunday April 2nd to talk to homebrewers, brewers and beer enthusiasts about the misconceptions surrounding Scottish beer. Hosted at Beer Nouveau in conjunction with Manchester Homebrew and Chorlton Brewers groups, Ron will be tasting some samples of Shilling Ales recreated from recipes of the 1800's and taking us through how the beer style evolved over the century before dying out. Get Involved If you're a homebrewer and wish to try brewing some of these historic recipes for this event, please get in thouch as soon as...

Jan 2017 Meet Writeup

First meetup of 2017 after a month off during December and what a collection of beers people brought! As often happens I forgot my notepad so details might be short on some beers. Welcome New People James (@j616s) and Lucy joined us this month. Lucy already has been homebrewing wines for sometime. She likes to make wines with elderberries, parsnips and beetroot. They started brewing beer not so long back using kit beers to start with. Now venturing onto liquid malt and hop kits with ideas to all grain soon. Welcome to the group and do bring some of that...

Nov 2016 Meet Writeup

A huge array of beers this month. Some intentionally bad, some intentionally soured, some hoppy, some dark, some wonderfully weird and some spiced! We had the lot. Welcome New People Alex (@AFCBeer) from Rochdale joined us at this meetup. Hes been brewing for sometime but has finally found enough time to join us. He brought along a great example of an IPA. A well balanced hoppy 5.6% IPA with Cascade, Summit, Mosaic and Centennial hops! We would all be happy to pay for this at a bar. Colin managed to pop in for a flying visit. Hes hasn't brewed...