#ISBF6 - Post 2

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Hello again!

It’s nice to catch up eh? I’ll probably keep these updates to once a month (so long as there is something to say, some “news” to impart...)

In Post #1, I alluded to paying a little more attention to cider. Well....

If I’m honest, I’ve been embarrassed re Cider at ISBF for some time. Not that I believe that what we had was rubbish – it wasn’t – but that I never focused on it. Never have I given it even close to the attention I’ve given beer. Real last minute stuff every year. Until this year.

This year, I’m quite excited about it.

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In December, I had a chance encounter with a lovely couple whilst at Torrside picking up a clutch of Monsters. We chatted and got on well. They said they normally drank Cider, but didn’t at #ISBF5 and focused on some of the tarter beers and really loved them.

It was only afterwards that I realised that they were arguably Greater Manchester’s premier Cider enthusiasts and evangelists. Dick is responsible for the unbeatable Cider Map of Manchester and Cath is an aspiring Pommelier – yes, such a thing exists! So, a month later, I met up with Dick and we talked. And I was fascinated with developments in small batch artisan Cider. I wanted to know more.

Then he invited me to a Cider tasting at Runaway.

Oh. My. Days. My eyes were opened!

Suffice to say, I’m excited. And I’m not easily excited.

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So. The idea is to have a presentation / tasting / MTC (Meet The Cidermaker) with someone so elevated in the Cider world as to be almost out of reach to the likes of #ISBF6. Precise details haven’t been hammered out yet, but......

Acclaimed author and renowned Artisan Cidermaker Susanna Forbes and a special guest will be leading a tasting and discussion about Real modern Cider linking in to the (substantial) flavour, aroma and techniques interface between Cider & Craft Beer.

This will be something NOT to MISS. I, for one, am genuinely excited. Those who know me, know that I choose (and use) words very carefully. And mean everything I say. This is not hype.

And this work is all down to Dick & Cath... For which I thank them hugely!

Next up. We’ve got a new glassware Sponsor!!!

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ISBF has always tried to be about localism. And at its heart, it remains committed to being as local as it can be. It supports local causes – this year Start Inspiring Minds again – and we like to be involved with local independent businesses. I’m absolutely delighted to say that our new glassware Sponsor is the ace Swinton Micro Pub House of Hops!

Located just around the corner from Salford Town Hall, it couldn’t be more appropriate!

We were really excited when Claire & Scott made the decision to open a Micro Pub. Even more so that it was a mere 15 mins door to door from my (Jim) house! We’ve been thrilled to see how successful they’ve become in a location (Swinton) where they’ve become the vanguard for modern tasty beer.

I was made up when they approached, the decision to agree was instant. To have a glassware Sponsor that is local to the event, it matters. And we couldn’t be happier.

The “Look”

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Almost before we’d finished serving at #ISBF5, I’d had an idea, a thought as to what I wanted the imagery based on. I discussed it (briefly) with Andy (aka Design Genius) and he was quite excited – which is always a good start. But I needed to reach out. Re copyright. And I had to dig a bit.

The copyright had changed hands over the years, but I managed to locate the current rights holder and – having emailed – was the recipient of a phone call from a rather lovely lady who seemed surprised that I’d asked (they don’t normally, apparently!). It was an easy chat. I think we actually spent more time discussing likely breweries than the subject of permissions!

Suffice to say, I obtained permission. It was surprisingly easy. And I’m all giggly.

Next, Ticketing.

The “back office” stuff doesn’t normally impact on the attendees, but I thought I’d bring this up.

Weirdly, I get approached by varies companies over the course of a year about ticketing services. Most of the time, a polite “I’m OK with what we’ve got, thanks... “ type reply suffices. But one company caught my eye with the phrase “50% of our fee goes to a charity of your choice”.

That was the bait on the hook. I bit.

The firm is Citizen Ticket. And once is spoken and was assured that that money could go to START, I was sold. So. That’s where we will be hosting ticket sales.

Dates : 31st October to 2nd November

Tickets – as I’ve said previously – will go on public sale at 8pm on 25th August. Unless you’re at our little launch bash....

That will be at The Brink on the same evening at 6:30. Attendees to that will get first chance to buy tickets, get to drink exclusive beers brewed for the event and a chance to buy some exclusive bits and bobs. Tickets for that will go up (they’re already set up!) on Monday 22nd July at 8pm.

Set calendars....

Sponsorship! I nearly forgot…….

If you’d like to get involved with our little bash via sponsoring a beer or something, please get in touch via the “contacts” page. Last year, we were overwhelmed with the number of individuals and small local businesses that got involved. This year, we’d love to hear from you - people have already started without a reminder!

Sponsoring a beer (or cider!) will cost £65. What you get is…..

2 tickets to the session of choice

£10 of tokens per sponsorship

2 glasses

The choice of Supplier to sponsor - based on order of contact.

i look forward to hearing from you!

That’s all for now. (I’ve started contacting breweries, but that’s boring isn’t it?....)

Keep your eyes peeled. Back soon.

Jx

#ISBF6 - Post 1

Happy New Year!

The end of each year is always the time when I (Jim) attempt to catch those beers I missed on the bar at ISBF. 2018 was no different. Ah.... The perils of being – or attempting to be – responsible during the event eh?

And – despite my promises to self to take some time off – it’s also the time when I take stock of what worked and – more importantly – what didn’t. The things that I got wrong.

And look to put those things right.

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It’s truly heartwarming when you see plaudits being handed out, when you see the efforts of the entire group of helpers and volunteers rewarded with “Best Beer Festival” gongs. It makes me go all gooey when people (rightly) point out the feeling, the friendliness of the team, the music, everything but the beer.

Because – whilst the beer is important – these things are about people enjoying themselves. And if you DO enjoy yourself, we’ve done our job. And enjoyed ourselves doing it.

But. And here’s the rub. Having set a date of end of October, that means planning has to start now. And has.

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I’ve already stated that there will be changes on the beer front. 70 keg and 30 cask. With the cask all dispensed straight from the vessel. The aim being that each beer you get will be cooled. Not warm. It’s difficult at beer festivals to get cask right, but, within the facilities we have, we’ll try. I also had a few whispers in my ear about potential opportunities for something “different” – on both cask and keg. Those have been pursued this week and may have already borne fruit.

To be frank, if these come off, I’ll be astonished. But you’ve got to shoot for the stars right?

For my (Jim) part, I’ve always been acutely aware that I haven’t paid enough attention to the non-beer side of this event. So I intend to make use of the next 7 months and address that. Indeed, I’ve already made some progress on that. To the extent that – for the first time - at #ISBF6, we’ll have a presentation on the Thursday evening. Indeed, there is already an agreement in place. And if this comes off it may be game changing for us.

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Another change will be fewer tickets. Yes. You read that correctly. Fewer tickets. That applies on the Friday evening through to Saturday evening. The numbers will be reduced to 250 maximum. Why? It was just a bit too warm. And a teensy bit too crowded. To offset that, there’ll be a slight increase for the Thursday evening and Friday lunch sessions. To 200.

THAT should mean that the majority of (the increased) beer volume should last well into Saturday evening.

And – on that subject – the alarm bells that started to ring during that Saturday evening session mean that I need to recognise that – despite the mitigation I’ve mentioned above – there will be a slight gamble with beer choice on the Saturday evening. Let me be clear, ALL of the beer is – or is sourced to be – as exceptional as I can get. I don’t do FOMO, but need to recognise that some do. So, with that in mind, ticket price for that session will be slightly reduced. (Not by much, because the entry element is a small part of the ticket price.)

Going back to breweries. And beer... I’m tickled that several breweries that haven’t been at ISBF previously have agreed to come and have beer at #ISBF6. Each year things need to change, but one thing that won’t is the requirement for each beer to be new to Manchester (as at the start of the event). And – if it comes off – there’ll be a major change with the keg offer. Which, logistically, may be a challenge too far. But we’re certainly going to try.

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And this year – for the first time – as much thought will be given to the cider as to the beer. So watch this space.

For now, that’s it. I’ll keep you updated when I’ve got information for you. But, please remember this. Given the feedback I’ve had and the continuing complimentary social media, when those fewer tickets go on sale on 25th August, don’t hang about. Because I get the feeling that they won’t last long.

Be kind to one another.

Jim x

#ISBF5 - Wrap : Pt 2

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Yes. People matter.

That’s the whole THING that underpins everything to do with The Independent Salford Beer Festival. People. Helping. Trying to make a difference. Of course the beer helps, but if you’ve been with us more than once, if like to think you get “it”. The feeling we try to create.

This feeling. It’s in the DNA of the event now. Like the word “friendly” shot through a stick of rock. We’ve tried to create a relaxed space. Comfortable. Respect. Good people drinking good beer. I loved the moment when Stan (the Chair of the building) looked in the main room, his face beaming. He didn’t know what to expect. Couldn’t believe what I’d told him about the drinkers that come to ISBF until he’d seen for himself.

You’re good people. You’ll realise HOW good later on.

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One of the things we are most pleased about is the number of people who wanted to be involved via sponsorship. THAT was amazing. No major companies, no “banner” sponsor, just individuals and small independent businesses coming together, supporting a small independent event. And it’s to those businesses and people I want to turn to now and thank from our hearts. The ISBF Family salute you. You make a difference. As you will see. And we are so grateful that you take that punt on our little bash.

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So. To the point of ISBF.

People. And helping.

This afternoon, myself, Gerry & TLO met the CEO of Start Inspiring Minds, Bernadette. A woman who is as passionate as us about helping people.

START was founded 25 years ago to help people with issues around mental health. And the main route to helping people regain self-esteem, to rebuild and to attain mental resilience, is through the arts. Creativity. Building into their members that they have ability, that they have a value.

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Walking around the place, the various workshops - Ceramics, woodworking, textiles, painting - you get an idea as to the love in this place. That people MATTER. It felt …..right.

We spoke with Bernadette about that F word a lot. Feeling. That is how we have built this event. It needs to FEEL right.

And START feels like a good fit as a charity to support. So we will, With #ISBF6

But first, this year. I’m a little bit overawed by what we’ve achieved if I’m being honest. I’ve had an idea for a while as to how well we did. How YOU did. But (unusually) I kept quiet. Just to make sure I wasn’t mistaken. Thanks to your thirst, generosity and the hard work of the entire ISBF Family, START are better off to the tune of £11,000.

We’ve never raised that much before. I’ve got used to that figure for a couple of weeks, but Bernadette, Gerry & TLO were a bit stunned.

As I said earlier, it’s START’s 25th Anniversary this year. And that’s a nice present just before Xmas.

Thank you all. And a very Merry Xmas.

Roll on #ISBF6. Back soon.

Jx

#ISBF5 - Wrap : Pt 1

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I have absolutely no idea where to start this post. The last week has been a combination of blur and surprises to me. But, I’ll give it a go.

People. People matter. Things, beer, don’t matter anywhere near as much. Not to me anyway, nor – if I’m any judge – to the rest of the ISBF Family. That extended (and growing) group that comes together every year. To smile and dispense both beer and joy. And that is something that I – as the presiding officer of this beery shambles – insist on. For them – the “family” (the word “volunteers” doesn’t do them justice) – to enjoy themselves. Because if you can’t have fun doing this.....

So Where was I? Ah yes. People.

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This event was conceived in the back room of Gerry’s house. To help people. To raise money to do just that. And, each year, with a fortuitous combination of good beer, good people and a “winging it”  attitude towards “organisation”, we’ve done just that. This event Isn’t “slick”. It isn’t “professional”. What it IS, is “from the heart”. When I “drop the mic”, a whole bunch of people pick it up and sing their bloody hearts out. And I love these people. They know this. If they don’t, I’ve failed.

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Since I flipped the lid from a bottle of “Twisted Spire” by Hobsons in September 2011, then wrote some fumbling nonsense about it, I’ve been on a journey. And learned loads about who makes good beer. And that makes what I do with ISBF really simple. And when you do something like this, simplicity matters.

Another thing that helps hugely – and I frequently call my “superpower”, it’s the knowing of lots of people who know how to do the clever stuff. All that technical stuff that I can’t. Setup, design, dispense troubleshooting. Not to forget the brewing of simply fabulous beer. I owe them all. Hugely.

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In terms of gratitude (and I owe a LOT), before the event, the following people are paramount

TLO, Mick, Phil – in all likelihood, they’ll never read this. But without their forbearance and tolerance, this event couldn’t have happened over each of the last five years.

Gerry – I blame her for everything. She made me do it, she’s difficult to say no to. She’s my extended family’s matriarch. Our rock. And this year, without her contacting the Mayor of Salford, this event would have ceased.

Andy Heggs – Words fail me.

Lee, Sam, Gaz at All Flow Dispense. That set up. And take down. Just heroes. And I don’t say that lightly.

Rob Hamilton & Team Black Jack – I simply can’t afford to thank them as much as they deserve. It’s no exaggeration to say that without their help and tolerance of my mithering and intrusion, this doesn’t happen. Ta.

Malcolm Bastow – Brewer. Friend. Again, words fail me. Except, “That Candidate....... “

Jeff – For willingly organising the volunteering (and all the ancillary bits)

Sherpa & Jaz – Without you two, I’d have been shipwrecked on the Wednesday and Thursday. Handballing 1200 glasses from a pallet in the pouring rain is no joke.

Linda & Chris – you know.

Jo & Mike – Tunes. “Shit Wifey” comments. Standing at a “gin bar” for hours. You know I love you both. See you soon at The Nook.

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Luckily, there’ll be a second post when I know how much we’ve raised and where our lovely sponsors will get their proper thanks.

That all said, it seemed to go alright. IF* this event ever happens again, there were several lessons learned. In order, they are.....

Slightly cheaper Saturday evening tickets. I really didn’t get how thirsty people would be. And the way those keg fonts were emptying so quickly gave me terrors! We started with 24 more keg beers than 2017. And they got drained. Without exception. Which leads to....

More keg. Especially at the lower abv “session” level. That volume was a close call. We do nearly ran out. Call it planning genius or accidental. But if all those with tickets on Saturday evening had turned up, we’d have run out by 9pm.

Less cask. But only a little. Because that almost all went too.

Controversially (for traditionalists). No handpulls. ALL cask will – if we do this again – be on stillage and served direct from the cask. And if I personally witness anyone getting angry with volunteers, they will be “asked” to leave. By me. This is beer. Something to enjoy. Not something to get ANGRY about because it’s a degree Kelvin warmer than recommended. These people give up their time to serve beer. They do it cheerfully. They do it because they care. Not because they wish to be abused.

I might even reduce numbers in the busier sessions. And up them slightly in the quieter ones.

In short, evolution. As in each year we’ve done this. No revolution. No “all you can drink”. No taster glasses. We don’t get everything right, but we try.

*About that IF business…….

#ISBF6 : 31st October to 2nd November 2019. At Hemsley House.

You may wish to diarise that date.

Tickets will be released on 25 August 2019. Forward planning eh?

And now, some sleep………….

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#ISBF5 : Thursday 29th November to 1st December - So Here We Are

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These things take time. And frequently (as Rabbie Burns is famously quoted as saying) “The best laid plans o mice an men aft gang agley. And oh BOY do they go agley!

From deciding/desiring to “go again” to getting here has taken about 8 months and it has certainly been an interesting journey – to put it mildly.

We’re almost at the stage where I hand this monster over, but for now, I’ll talk in the 1st person. This is me. Jim.

Once we’d secured Hemsley House (and I can’t WAIT for you to see it!) I wanted this to be a bit different. It had to be different. More space. More people = more beer. Over 25% more beer.

But we’ll come to that later.

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It’s truly humbling to see and feel all the love for this event. It kind of means that we’ve got it to where we/I always wanted it to be. Good beer, good people and good music. All coming together. The three things that I care about most. Despite the new surroundings, this isn’t a fancy bash. It Isn’t – nor will it ever become – “up itself”. That would be most “un Northern”. And I/we are products of this environment, these twin cities of Salford & Manchester. And we don’t take ourselves too seriously up here.

And we love where we’re from. It’s in our blood. All of us involved. This wee family that comes together each year. I love these people.

So. Enough mawkishness. What’s going to happen next week.

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Well. We open on Thursday 29th at 6pm for a start. That’s a quiet one. And all about the beer. With a little background music in the Rink Suite (#EvilKegFilth room). The cask room (Worsley Suite) will remain free of tunes. As will The Walker Suite (aka The Green Room)

Friday lunchtime the same. 11:30 opening. Good beer, good tunes. Same format.

Friday evening, will see Zacc Rogers play two sets in The Rink Suite. Go have a watch /listen on You Tube. He’s bloody good! Sets probably 7:30 & 8:30 ish. But that’s up to the artists! We’ll also have a presentation from Ryan of new Preston brewery Chain House. We’re proud to give them their first Mancunia exposure and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more of their beers in the coming year.

Saturday Lunch will see 2 presentations/chats.

Firstly – at approx 12:45 – Former National Champion Home Brewer, Andy Parker, he now of Elusive Brewing, will be talking matters Home Brewing. Man knows his stuff.

Shortly afterwards we will have an MTB style thing with exciting new Yorkshire venture SALT Brewing (They’ve got theprettiest of set ups!)

All meetings will be in The Walker Suite.

Saturday evening, live music again with the ace voice of Elly Grice and the Guitar Merlin that is George Fell (anyone who watched him last year, knows)

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The beers will be at a range of prices generally (with certain limited exceptions) in the following price ranges…

Cask :

Up to 3.5% - £3 a pint

3.6 – 4.5 £3.30

4.6 – 5.5 £3.60

5.6 – 6.0 £3.90

6.0 – 6.9 £4.20

7.0 – 7.9 £4.80

8.0 – 8.9 £5.10

9.0 – 9.9 £5.40

10 and above £6.00

Beers 7% and above only served in ½ Pt and 1/3 Pt measures. With some exclusively in 1/3 Pt measures.

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3.0 – 3.9 £3.90

4.0 – 4.9 £4.50

5.0 - 5.9 £5.10

6.0 - 6.9 £5.70

7.0 - 7.9 £6.30

8.0 - 8.9 £6.90

9.0 – 9.9 £7.50

10 & above £9.00

Again, Beers 7% and above only served in ½ Pt and 1/3 Pt measures. With some exclusively in 1/3 Pt measures.

These aren’t “rip off” prices. I don’t do that. And please remember, ALL profits go to charity.

The prettiest beer festival T-shirts ever will be on sale at £17.50 in grey and red. They’re gorgeous. And I thank my Design Genius, webmaster and all round good (H)egg Andy for the beautiful look.

The food – once again – will be of the wholesome type. Think hotpots / Chillis etc.

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Big thanks to the following – without whom this wouldn’t be happening….

Team Black Jack. Without whom the beer wouldn’t be here. Utter stars

Malcolm Bastow of Five Towns. Ditto for Yorkshire. And for other reasons only he knows and I’m not telling.

Lee & Sam at All Flow Dispense. 5 years of installing bars in the face of my chaos. Cheers fellas.

Dave & Jen at The Northern Type – For sponsoring our glassware.

Bailey & Jules at GRUB – for so much. And the sound system!

OK. What you really want to see is what’s below. So. Fill your boots. It’s taken 8 months to get this lot together, with lots of changes since the initial brewery list was published. Hope you enjoy it.

Please NB. The aim is to source beers new to Manchester. This isn’t ALWAYS possible. Some can and DO slip through the net, for certain I’m no Untappd or Ratebeer hound – as anybody who knows me knows all too well. But it IS the aim. To give you 94 beers new to the area. And it’d bloody hard work.

So don’t shoot me if I’ve missed one or two!

Read responsibly.

See you next week.

Jim & The ISBF Family

Cask

Brewery                               Beer                                                                      Style                      ABV

Abbeydale                          Raspberry and peanut butter BA               Imperial Stout   10

Bad Seed                            Super Sobremesa (Coffee & Almond)      Stout                     8.5

Beatnikz                              I Session San Diego                                          Session Pale     4.2

Beer Nouveau                   Tarragon The Dragon                                      Stout                     8.4

Black Jack                           Deck of Cards                                                     US Brown Ale     5.6

Blackedge                           Nelson Sauvin                                                    Session Pale       3.8

Blue Bee                              Archimedes Principle                                      Pale Ale                4.2

Brass Castle                        Funkshine                                                           Bretted IPA         5.7

Brew York                           Amber Gambler (Wood cask aged)           US Amber            4.7

Cheshire Brewhouse      Crush Collision                                                   Session Pale       4

De Ranke                            XX Bitter                                                              Belgian Blond     6

Distant Hills                        White Peach Milkshake                                 Session IPA         4.2

Elusive x North Riding     Mochachino                                                       US Red Ale          5.8

Five Towns                         Candidate                                                           Breakfast Stout 9

Five Towns                         Sweet Thing                                                       Melon Pale         5.5

Five Towns x Rivington   Sweet Thing (Reprise)                                    Imperial Fruited

Milkshake IPA    9

Neptune                             Atlantic Ridge                                                    US Brown Ale     5.5

Night Jar                            Turbo Tuk Tuk                                                   Thai IPA               5.2

North Riding x Elusive     India Porter                                                        Porter                   6.7

Pictish                                Caradoc's Thirst                                                Table Beer          2.9

Pomona Island                  Best Ever Death Metal

Band Out of Salford                                         Mandarin Pale   5.5

Rammy Craft                      Little Wonder                                                    Session Pale       3.6

Redwillow                          Tearless v4 (Cryo Hop)                                   Table Beer        3

Revolutions                        Phantasmagoria                                               Oatmeal Pumpkin

Brown Ale 4.5 

Runaway x GRUB             Pineapple Upside Down Cake                     Cake!                    5.5

SALT Brewing                   Jute                                                                      Session IPA         4

Thirst Class                       Dandelion & Burdock Pale                            Special Pale        4.8

Tigertops                          Honey Bear Honey Pale

(Orval Yeast)      4

Torrside v Runaway        Social Distortion                                               Pale Ale            5.6

Turning Point                   Yellow Matter Custard                                   Vanilla Wheat

Pale                     6

Vocation                          Imperial Russian Stout                                   Imperial Stout   10.6

Wigan Brewhouse           All American 5 Hop                                          Session Ale         4

Wilde Child                         Enfant Terrible                                                  Milkshake

Table Pale           3.1

Wishbone                            The Black Imp                                                    Imperial Stout    8.7

 

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Brewery                               Beer                                      Style                                      ABV

6th Day Brewing               Land of Make Believe     Mandarin Champale       5.50

8 Arch                                  Dainty                                   NE Pale                                 4.80

Abbeydale                          Table Bretted Saison       Dry Hopped Saison          3.60

Almasty                               Dank                                     NE IPA                                  6.00

Ampersand                        Lemon Voyage                  Lemon Verbena

Brut IPA                               6.00

Beer Ink                              Maude The Merrier         Canadian Breakfast

Stout                                     8.80

Bexar County                     Thin Line Between           Green Tea, Mango and

Genius & Insanity II         Sriracha Pale                      6.60

Bexar County (c)               Getting The Band Back

Together                             Mini Porter                         3.10

Big Fish Brew Co               Division 1                             NEIPA                                  6.70

Black Lodge                      Origami Unicorn               DDH Pale                             5.00

Bone Machine                   Día de Muertos                 Mexican Stout                   7.40

Boutillers                           Jam Sandwich Pale          Pale Ale                                4.60

Brew By Numbers            tbc                                          Cranberry Wit                    5.50

Brick                                   Blackcurrant & Sumac    Sour                                     3.60

Buxton                                Cherry Sour                        Fruited Berliner Weisse 3.50

Chain House Brew Co     Shorts in October             Hazy Pale Ale                     5.00

Cloudwater                        "Cherry and Sea Salt"      Imperial Stout                   11.00

Cwrw Ial                              Lager                                     Lager                                    5.00

Double Barreled               Raspberry & Beetroot    Gose                                    5.00

Elusive                                 Bless The Rains                  Coffee Hazelnut Porter       7.00

Elusive x North Riding     India Porter                        Porter                                   6.70

Fierce                                  6pm Sinner                         Amber DIPA W/Lime       8.50

Hawkshead                         Autumn Equinox              Blackberry Sour                3.30

Kernel                                 Dry Stout Centennial      Stout                                    4.40

Korupted Brew Co            Beaucoup de Baies

Fourrees                              Saison                                  5.80

LHG                                    Otherlands                         Cascadian Black                 6.60

Liquid Light                        Electric Machine               IPA                                      6.50

Little Earth                         Dandelion de Garde                                                        8.40

Loka Polly                          Chinook / Mosaic (ONLY KEG!)DIPA                                  8.60

Lost & Grounded              Take Me To The Top        IPA                                   6.80

Macc Brew Co                   We All Hail Hail                  Yuzu & Sorachi Pale         5.00

Magic Rock                         Dairyfreak (Hazelnut)     Milk Ice Porter                  5.20

Mallinsons                          Lager                                     Lager                                5.00

Marble                                Decadence 2018               Imperial Stout                   10.50

Marble x

Wander Beyond               Found Your Marbles       Fruit Blended Impy          11.00

Mills                                    Picture Pot                          Blended Sour                   6.30

Neon Raptor                      Endangered                       Oak Bourbon

Vanilla Porter                   6.60

Neptune x Tom's Tap      Farmhouse IPA                 Farmhouse IPA                 7.20

Northern Alchemy           Cola Sour                             Sour                                  4.00

Northern Monk                tbc                                          DIPA                                  9.00

Pilot                                   Brut IPA Brut IPA                            6.00

Rivington                          Stock Ale                             Stock Ale                          7.70

Runaway (c)                     Coffee & Chocolate         White Stout                       6.50

Six Degrees North            Snowy                                  Belgian Winter ale           7.50

Squawk                             Fusca                                     Chocolate Vanilla Stout 9.00

Staggeringly Good          Ekuanodon                         Vermont DIPA                 7.40

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 Tickety Brew                  Plum & Licorice Stout     Stout                                6.20

Thornbridge                   Mint Choc Chip Lucaria  Ice Cream Porter            4.50

Three Blind Mice            Bretted Gooseberry       Saison                              5.20

Tom's Tap                       Imperial Brown

Breakfast Stout                 Imperial Brown Stout     6.00

Torrside                         Destination Unknown    Double Ruby IPA             9.50

Track                               Hedgerow Sour

(collab w/Garage Brewing)            Sour                                5.50

Twisted Barrel                Behold A Pale Horse       DH Belgian Tripel           9.00

Verdant                          #6                                           DIPA                               8.00

Vibrant Forest               Luciferin                               Black Imperial Lime

Gose                               7.40

Watts & Co                   Paddington Pale Ale        Lime Marmalade Pale     4.30

Weird Beard                 JD Barrel Aged Sadako   Imperial Stout                9.50

Wild Weather               Strawberry Daiquiri         Pale                                5.00

Wilderness                   Equinox Saison                  Mixed Culture Saison                                                                  (Burgundy BA Blended with fresh Saison)              5.20

Wylam                         Pigs Ear - Art & Beer       Pale Ale                          5.00

 

Please note. There WILL be a small, select & local Gin Bar and there WILL be ciders. I just don’t know quite what yet!

Some of those beasties are UNIQUE to us. Some you may never see in Manchester again. All (or near as) will be new to Manchester.

And they’re all for you. Enjoy.

See you next week!

Jim

#ISBF5 Collab Brew No 13 - Distant Hills

A little surprise to me was this. A final brewday! The design genius that is Mr H took some time out from being whipped mercilessly by YT to go and have some fun.

Covertly.

Take it away mon genius!

“It’s well known that the Independent Salford Beer Festival is unique insofar as every beer that Jim showcases are ones you will not have had before. It’s nothing short of amazing that literally every beer available is a first for Greater Manchester. This comes from Jim’s not inconsiderable persuasive powers, encouraging brewers to collaborate, concoct and come up with something you won’t have had from them before. Guaranteed. (I didn’t pay for that - Jim)

This year is no different, but it’s not just new and never before had beers. There’s even new breweries, ventures and new projects to discover. THAT’S how powerful a pull this festival has.

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And the latter is why I find myself in a cavernous yet sauna like warehouse at an undisclosed location in Derbyshire at - a pretty civilised in brewing terms - 9am on a Thursday morning. Seriously, I had to sign a NDA before they let me over the threshold. Every photo taken (by my sharp eyed mate Nick) was vetted. This is a set up playing their cards very close to their chests, for now.

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And no wonder. A 24 hectolitre steam driven brewhouse is a sight to behold. I’ve been to a few brew days but never on a kit the size of which requires a sweeping staircase to access the mash and lauter tuns. This is the cutting edge of craft right here.

Italian made, recently shipped in via three lorry loads and fitted by a team flown over especially to commission it, this thing is a BEAST. So much of a beast in fact a whole wall needed to be removed to get the thing in.

The steam that is the blood to this brewing organism clicks, whirrs, rattles it’s way round the system - and at points does a very good impression of the Flying Scotsman pulling to a stop. 

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The brew team are still breaking the kit in, and taming the beast. This was only the fifth brew on the kit, so the day wasn’t without its moments. There’s still one or two technical creases to iron out but nothing prevented the brew from coming out EXACTLY as planned. And nothing that a layman like me would have noticed had it not been for the odd furrowed brow or head scratch from the brew team.

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I won’t bore you with the brewing process, I’m sure you all know what goes on when and in what order, but of course you want to know what was cooked up. Well, for starters hop-wise its got Hercules for bittering, followed by Citra, Calypso and Wolf later on in the process. As well as lactose. And 20 kilos of peach puree. You can see where this is going.

You’ll be enjoying a White Peach Milkshake Session IPA at 4.2%. 

If you get to it before I drink it all. “

Thank you my little Stormtrooper!

Come sample this mystery. For the very first time. Here. At Hemsley House. And #ISBF5.