International Club of the Week: The Northern Craft Brewers of the UK
Name: The Northern Craft Brewers
Founded: October 2000
Location: Northern England, covering a large area in-between the Midlands and Scotland, with the majority of active members and events taking place within the urban areas of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Email: Membership Secretary: email@example.com
Website/Social Media: www.northerncraftbrewers.co.uk
Club Motto: We Live, We Brew
Membership Dues: £2 per meeting for most events. Membership of the national Craft Brewing Association (CBA) is encouraged but not compulsory.
Who we are and how we got started:
We began as members of the national CBA who wanted to meet up face-to-face on a regional basis, to exchange knowledge and experience, with a goal of Improving the quality of our beers.
We are a friendly inclusive group, albeit with a tendency to be white, middle-aged and male, which probably reflects the profile of most serious brewers in the UK. We are predominantly full mash brewers but we welcome anyone from beginners onwards who have a passion about brewing quality beer. In this respect, we are probably closer to most USA clubs than the majority of UK homebrewers, who are often motivated to brew something quick, cheap and alcoholic. Some of us have fairly basic set-ups whilst others have more high-tech systems. The equipment is not the important factor, but rather the desire to produce a quality beer we enjoy drinking and sharing.
We usually meet at noon on the last Saturday of January, April, July and October with a formal meeting from 1 p.m. to about 4 p.m., with an optional adjournment to a pub on the way home. Most events are arranged within walking distance of a train station to avoid the need for driving. A pre-Christmas social at a pub is also arranged. Events take place at a variety of pubs, breweries and meeting rooms. Joint meetings may be held with the neighboring regional Midlands or Scottish groups, the latter we affectionately term the MacBrewers!
We hold competitions twice a year, sometimes with an external judge, sometimes a blind tasting and evaluation of our own beers to a particular style or clone of a commercial beer. Occasionally we enter inter-regional group, or national competitions.
Sampling each others beers and the pre-Christmas pub social.