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The Nutclough Inn. Hebden Bridge

Inaugural Meeting. Steering Committee appointed. Steve Taylor. Alan Pepper. Derek Spedding.    Agreed to hold quarterly meetings. Aims of group defined.



The Nutclough Inn. Hebden Bridge

Clive Donald of Brupaks demonstrated a selection of his stock. James McCrorie. Bill Cooper. Paul Travis from Beer In Print. attended



York BreweryTour  

first competition:- English Bitter, Winner:- David Craven



Marble Arch Brewpub. Manchester

Clive Le Pensee gave a talk on the history of Brewing and Malting.



The Riverhead Brewery Tap.  Marsden

Graham Barthorpe`s topic talk on Water Treatment.



The Sparrow Hawk. Burnley

Norman Jackson`s topic talk,  How I Brew.

Competition:- Winter Ale Winner:- Ian Priddey



Brupaks. Honley

Tour of warehouse and talk by Clive Donald on the growth and history of Brupaks



Black Sheep Brewery. Masham

Joint area meet up with the McBrewers. Also Graham Wheeler . Brewery tour and talks by many members and the head brewer.



The Boundary Pub Ashton-Under- Lyne

Topic Talk by Joe Hughes. Natural progression in brewing.

Competition:- Summer Ale @1.036-1.042 Winner:- Ian Priddy



Minerva Hotel.   Hull

Topic Talk by Derek Spedding. Steam Beer.  Guided tour of Hull`s historic pubs.



Queen Hotel. Todmorden

Talk and demonstration on Coopering by Roy Dutson. Roy actually broke down and rebuilt a barrel during  his talk.

Steve Taylor stood down as chairman. Allan Pepper elected.

Competition:- Irish stout, Winner:- Bill Lowe



Copper Dragon Brewery.  Skipton

Steve Taylor our former chairman conducted a tour of his new 10 barrel brewery.  Pictures Of the Brewery



The Oddfellows Arms Brewery Tap.Elland.

Then Eastwood & Sanders Fine Ales BreweryBrewery Tour and tasting session.  Elland Brewery Pics.

Competition:- Pilsner [email protected], Winner:- Mark Tobin



Humber Sloop Trip

10 Members sailed up and down the Humber in a restored sailing

barge. Later they docked on the Hull quay side only to find a beer festival.

The crew of brewers were reluctant to set sail again and had to be press

ganged aboard.

            Click here to see the Amy Howson trip




Head of Steam. Railway Station. Huddersfield.

Dr Keith Thomas from Brulabs. Talk on Yeast and propagation  + microscope work.



The Leggers Inn. Dewsbury

Topic Talk. by Derek Pilkington.  Rule of Thumb  --- What makes "your" beer different?

Competition:- Barley [email protected]+, Winner:- Tom Yates



Brulabs Sunderland

Lads weekend away. 2 day brewing techniques course



Stalybridge Station

Speaker was a "no show" so the meeting became a feedback session for the information gathered at Brulabs.

Ingredients divided for Standard Beer  Variable Hop experiment.



Howcroft Inn. Bolton

Topic Talk by Roy Dutson on Mini Mashing,

Competition:- Steam Beer, Winner:- Bill Lowe



Tenbury Wells

Hop Walk.  Tour of a working hop farm whilst harvesting with free samples.  "Marvelous".



St Thomas Church Hall. Huddersfield

Our Standard Grain Bill and Variable Hop tasting and evaluation session. Competition:- Set Recipe. Any hop, Winner:- Joe Hughes



Cheshire Ring. Hyde

Michaela Miedl a graduate brewer from Germany.  Talk about Decoction Mashing and German Brewing.

Competition Christmas [email protected], Winner:- Bill Lowe



Copper Dragon Brewery. Skipton

Steve Taylor,  our former chairman, gave us a tour of his even bigger new 40 barrel plant



Edinburgh Various locations.

Another "lads weekend" to meet the McBrewers with Tours around the city`s historic pubs , the Caledonian Brewery and McCowans Brewhouse.



Golden Ball   York

Doug Hodkinson. Talk and tasting of IPA.  James McCrorie attended.

Competition:- German Wheat Beer, Winners:- Joe Hughes+ Ian Priddy


Sept 2005

Hook Norton Brewery.Hook Norton. Oxon.

Another "lads weekend" away to this fine old brewery still  powered

by a steam engine.

Click here to see our pictures of the Hook Norton event




The Beartown Brewery and Tap. Congelton

Ian Priddy. talk on cider making from the Apple to the Bottle.  + Brewer Tour


18-21.01.2006Winter Ales Festival. ManchesterThe NCB members ran a stall at the annual  Camra Winter Ales Festival.

Over 200 of our bottles sampled by the public.       Winter Ales Pictures



The Black Horse. Preston

Ian McAnally gave a talk on his brewery recently featured in B.C.

Allan Pepper stood down as chairman. Derek Spedding elected.

Competition:- Pale Ale, Winner:-Martyn Pashley



Colne Municipal Hall

NCB had a "Dry Stand" at the first Pendle beer festival. Photo`s Banners Grain and Hop samples on display & Flyers distributed.



Barge & Barrel. Elland

John Eastwood gave talk on cellarmanship.



The Salutation. Doncaster

Chris Hall . Gave a talk on his day brewing the prize winning Steam Beer recipe with Dave Sanders at the Elland Brewery.

Compewtition:-Historical Boddingtons, Winners:-Tom Yates



The Works. Sowerby Bridge.

David Edge.  Book review. David pulled about 40 brewing books from his rucksack.  (David's rucksack was likened to Mary Poppins magic bag) We all wondered when the clothes stand would appear.



Cricket Club. Todmorden

Organic brewing with Wim van der Speck of Little Valley Brewery,Sampling

Competition:- London Pride Clone, Winner:-Ian Priddy



Colne Municipal Hall

Pendle Beer Festival.  Again a "dry" stand with some pictures of members breweries on display.  Malt and hop samples for sniffing. Flyers distributed.



The Cheshire Ring.  Hyde

John Kerrane gave a talk on his Yeast experiment. He split a 5gall batch of and fermented with 5 different yeasts and brought along the resulting beer for sampling and evaluation.



The Grove.  Leeds

Clive Donald of Brupaks brought along some of his latest stock and also judged The ALT competition.  Thomas Yates Talk on conical fermenters.Dusseldorf AltTom YatesClive Donald



The Works.  Sowerby Bridge.

Peter Robinson  Gave a illustrated talk on the origin and history of Yorkshire Square Fermenters.  Harry Goulding Gave an overview of the Brewery History Society.



The Works.  Sowerby Bridge

Xmas Get-together



Heald Green Village Hall.  Cheshire

English Pale Ale competition. Winner to brew same beer for the Derby inter-regional competition in April.  Bill Lowe elected chairman as Derek Spedding stood down to be Webmaster.

Competition:- English Pale Ale, Winner:- Bill Lowe



CBA Derby Festival.

We won the inter-regional award for a Pale Ale... Other winners from  our group were  -Rob Franklin -Thomas Yates -Nigel Atack & Bill Lowe.  Well done all.     An Excellent well organised event . Enjoyed by all who attended.--All beers judged by qualified Judges.



Thwaites Brewery. Blackburn

Special  tour with Head Brewer Steve Fielding.  Later Steve gave a talk on how he develops new recipes.               Pictures of Thwaites Brewery



Lynn and Nigel Atack`s garden.

DoncasterSummer B.B.Q.     Another good day.

Competition:- Summer [email protected], Winner:-Harry Goulding



Little Valley Brewery. Mythomroyd

Tour of organic brewery and sampling. Explanation of the challenges involved producing organic beer.



Stalybridge Buffet Bar.

Get-together for a Xmas social drink. (and pie and peas).



Heald Green Village Hall.  Cheshire

Timothy Taylor's Landlord clone competition.  14 entries of which most were judged to be superior to the supplied control bottles of Landlord.  

Heald Green Pictures

English Pale Ale

Landlord style.Martyn PashleyJudged by all 20 members present



Bay Horse Inn.  Terrington

Tour of NCB member Rob Franklin`s 1 bbl  brewpub. Talk by Rob of his transition from craft brewer making 5 gall batches to running a village pub and serving his own beer.  Good food, good beer, good weather and a good day in a good pub.. Storyteller Brewery



Copper Dragon Brewery   Skipton

Another joint meeting with the Scottish Craft Brewers.  Coopering demonstration by Roy Dutson.  Inter regional competition . High tech brewery tour.  A rematch is planned for 2011.                                               Copper Dragon pics.

Competition:- Scottish Eighty Shilling Ale, Winner:-AleKenny Mowbray SCB

Competition:- India Pale, Winner:-  Derek Spedding NCB


26 July2009

Crown Inn   Stockport

Meeting in historic pub that was a finalist in the Camra pub of the year  vote.

Crown Pictures



The Sportsman.  Huddersfield

Very informative talk on Water Treatment by Tony Barnsley.  The group agreed to organise an inter-regional competition next September. Visit coincided with a pub beer festival.  



Jubilee Refreshment Rooms Sowerby Bridge station

Xmas meet up. Then moved on to The Works and Puzzle Hall.



Heald Green Village Hall. Cheshire

AGM + India Pale Ale competition and tasting.  Bill Lowe re-elected as chairman

Vote for the abolishment of membership fee was carried.   Now  those attending meetings to pay £2 to cover room hire etc.

Competition:-IPA, Winner:- Tom Yates



The Works Sowerby BridgeAllan Gayton, the author of the recent Brewers Contact article about the Midlands Hop Additions Experiment.  



Summer BBCUEAnother Excellent BBCUE at Nigel's  



The Copper Dragon Brewery. SkiptonCBA National Competition and Beer Festival Full Report Here



The Bar T`hat.  Ilkley

Our first visit to this venue.  Also The Northern Craft Brewers 10th anniversary. A lively talk on sterilisation techniques.  



The Sportsman Huddersfield

The NCB 2010 xmas meet up, a good chat and plenty of sandwiches and Home brew sampling, Plenty of great beers behind the bar too.  



Heald Green Village Hall, Cheshire

Competition:- Mild Ale, any colour, OG 1034 to 1040. 18 members attended from as far afield as lancaster, leeds & congleton.Tom Yates put in a blinding performance yet again, with a joint second by Derek Spedding and Ben Short, a good result by ben being as it was his first visit to the group. 4th was taken by Bill LoweMildTom YatesGroup


March 2011

MCB MeetingThornbridge Brewery Bakewell Write up Here


April 2011

Saltaire Brewery Shipley Yorkshire

Excellent venue for a meeting Write Up Here


May 2011The Home Brew Forum Spring Thing 2011

Church End Brewery Warwickshire CBA National Style Competition & meet Up Write Up Here


July 2011

Heald Green Village Hall, Cheshire

Competion:-English Pale Ale 1040-1048OG single Hop, Winner:- Tom Yates, Joint Second Shane Swindells & Bill Lowe. Comment here


Oct 2011

The Sun Hotel and Bar Lancaster

Talk on Saisons given by Steve Wright

Write Up Here


Dec 2011

Dirty Dicks Halifax

Northern Craft Brewers XMAS Meet Up


Jan 2012

Heald Green Village Hall

AGM and Yeast Trial  


March 2012

Saltaire Brewery

English IPA Competition and Social Write Ups Here & Here

Winner:- Steve Syson


July 2012

Summer BBCUE

Another Excellent BBCUE at Nigel's  


Oct 2012

Ridgeside Brewery Leeds

An excellent social & brewery tour Hosted by Simon Balderson  


Dec 2012

Social Sheffield

A social & Pubcrawl joint meet with The Midlands Craft Brewers  


Jan 2013

Heald Green Village Hall Bengal Lancer Clone Competition & AGM


APRIL 2013

Saltaire Brewery American Pale Ale Open Competition American.


Jul 2013

The Cheshire Brewhouse

Brewery Visit and Social  


Oct 13

The Works Sowerby Bridge

identification of beer off flavours MINUTES OF THIS MEETING


Dec 13

Book Review of Brewing BritainRead the book review Here


Jan 14

Heald Green Village Hall, Cheshire

Recognition of off Flavours pt1

Competition:- Mild Ale


July 14

Stubbings Whalfe, Hebden Bridge

Recognition of off Flavours pt2


Nov 14

University Arms, Sheffield

Inter-regional competition with Midland Craft Brewers Pale Ale,

MCB won.


January 2015 - Castleford

Visit to Junction Pub at Castleford & White Rose Cooperage.


May 2015 - Congleton

Cheshire Brewhouse, Brewery Visit and 2.8% ABV Beer competition.