#ISBF4 #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab Series No 2 : Elusive Brewing & Brewsmith Beer (Q&A)

#ISBF4 #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab Series No 2 : Elusive Brewing & Brewsmith Beer (Q&A)

Ain’t random pairings brilliant? I just knew that these two (Andy & James) would hit it off, just knew. Both like hops. Both are self – effacing decent fellas, who happen to brew bloody good beer. With James having forged a reputation up here for consistently excellent beers and Andy with a growing rep on […]

#ISBF4 : Some Important Details

Nearly there now. The culmination of almost 8 months of toil is less than 9 days away. I just hope it’s worth it. This is a celebration of beer. But it takes place for a purpose. That is to raise money for the venue. A Community Centre in the heart of Salford. This event started […]

#ISBF4 Brewday No 15 : Howard Town Brewery

#ISBF4 Brewday No 15 : Howard Town Brewery

THE FINAL #ISBF4 BREWDAY! It’s been a bloody marathon. Actually, probably more enjoyable than Pheidippides martially motivated footslog, but you get the point! But here we are Brewday 15. And for this one, a long standing arrangement which – unfortunately, due to work pressures – I (Jim) was unable to attend. But with the design […]

#ISBF4 #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab series No 5 : Neptune Brewery & Twisted Barrel Ale (Q&A)

It’s strange. How fate puts people together isn’t it? As far as I am aware, Les & Julie O’Grady and Carl Marshall didn’t know each other in October 2014. They met, that year, at our first bash at St Sebastian’s – sitting at adjacent tables in the “food area” – and got on really well. […]

#ISBF4 Brewday No 14 - Briggs Signature Ales

#ISBF4 Brewday No 14 – Briggs Signature Ales

Nick Briggs. It’s fair to say that if he wasn’t such a clumsy numpty, this brewday would have happened 12 months ago – as it was scheduled to. For those unaware, Nick is one of the brewers at Mallinsons. And he’s bloody good. That good that you’d never be able to tell his beers from […]

#ISBF4 Brewday No 12 - Pictish Brewery

#ISBF4 Brewday No 12 – Pictish Brewery

For those in the know – including some of Manchester’s starriest beer people – Pictish brew simply exceptional beers, their single hopped Pale Ales being particularly loved. A “Go To” brewery for me and many others. Some may be trendier, but some just do the simple things of making delicious beer using Malted Barley, water, […]

#ISBF4 Brewday No 13 : North Riding Brewery & Steel City Brewing

#ISBF4 Brewday No 13 : North Riding Brewery & Steel City Brewing

North Riding. As one brewer said to me “I hate how well he brews!” Said with a smile, but the point was made. I don’t go in to bat (to use a cricketing analogy – Stuart would approve) for just any brewery. But I did for North Riding. And after a year of so of […]

#ISBF4 #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab series No 5 : Neptune Brewery & Twisted Barrel Ale

#ISBF4 #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab series No 5 : Neptune Brewery & Twisted Barrel Ale

In mist shrouded days of yore (ISBF 2014), I first met 3 people. They were sat on adjacent tables in the food area at St Sebastian’s. They were beer lovers, chatting away, getting along famously. I was just amazed that this bearded bloke from Coventry and this couple from Liverpool travelled to Salford. Yes. They […]

#ISBF4 Brewday No 11 : Marble Beers

#ISBF4 Brewday No 11 : Marble Beers

Marble Beers. For me, the brewery that defines Manchester in the world of modern beer. Beers that display consistency of excellence. Beers that are full flavoured and uncompromising. Beers that I love. In a brewery now under the custodianship of the much starred James Kemp (henceforth referred to as JK). I was – to be […]

#ISBF4 Brewday No 9 : Black Jack Beers

#ISBF4 Brewday No 9 : Black Jack Beers

This beer was 18 months in the making…. Rich – genuinely, one of the nicest, most friendly guys in this game – and me (Jim) had plans to brew for #ISBF2016, but – for one reason or another – it simply didn’t come together. But this year, it had to happen. And who better to […]