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Northern Craft Brewers & Saltaire Brewery IPA Competition

Posted on: April 1, 2012

Yesterday 31st Mar ’12  was the second Northern Craft Brewers meeting at Saltaire Brewery, this time we held a competition for the best English-Hopped IPA, with First, Second, Third & Forth prizes / certificates with two Highly Commended mentions.
There was also a Cask ale prize for the best home-brewed cask ale, we had an amazing and varied selection of IPA’s from both Northern & Midlands Craft brewers.
While Judging was commencing Shane did a 15 minute talk on India Pale Ales and excellent and romantic exposé of one of the most revered yet simple beers in British History.
We had home brewers from as far afield as Brighton, Cambridge, Durham & Newcastle and a large local contingent… there must have been over 50-60 of us which was a brilliant turn-out.

I’d best not forget the £400 we raised from beer-donations which we will share between these Charities:

Some of the crowd at the Brewery:

Someone had to do the pulling of pints, so myself, my wife and my colleague and his wife were running the bars:

The competition entries all labelled up and expertly organised by Shane:

Judging begins, we had National Guild judges, CAMRA judges, and Bloggers  Zak Avery ( & Rob Derbyshire (

Allan Gayton with his Rudyard IPA on the bar, a fine beer that might have been better on the upstairs bar:

The Trophy Tankards kindly provided by Tony the Head Brewer & Owner of Saltaire Brewery:

Best Cask beer was won by Dave a local home-brewer from Saltaire:

Steve won first prize for his English IPA:

Second prize was won by Tom:

I collected third prize:

Ray came forth place:

Highley Commended were Karl(pictured) and Ron:

Some of the crowd watching the Prize giving by Bill:

Here’s my Trophy Tankard, Certificate & Malt Miller Voucher:
Norther Craft Brewers / Saltaire Brewery IPA Competition
Thanks to Emma my wife for taking the photos.

Its been a great event and looks to have been appreciated by all who attended and entered their beers in the competition, Hopefully we’ll see you all again, same-ish time / same place, next year…

For further reading on the subject of India Pale Ales see:

The full results were:

1st Steve Syson MCB PrizeTankard and £20 Malt Miller Voucher
2Nd Tom Dobson (Brighton) PrizeTankard and £15 Malt Miller Voucher
3rd Adrian Chapman NCB PrizeTankard and £10 Malt Miller Voucher
4th Dr Ray Carson MCB £5 Malt Miller Voucher
5th Karl Clarke NCB Highly Commended
6th Ron Allison MCB Highly Commended
7th Neil Gardner NCB Highly Commended
8th Mathew Darcy NCB Highly Commended
9th Nigel Atak NCB Highly Commended

Also the Full Results of the Cask Peoples Vote were:

David Bishop                      (Tomahawk IPA)                              1st
Adrian Chapman              (Is it because I is Black)                  2nd Joint
Rob Derbyshire                 (C Bomb)                                             2nd Joint
N Gardner                           (Achillies)                                            4th
Barley Bottom                   (Black Beards Revenge)                5th
Allan Gayton                      (Rudyard)                                        6th

Here are the letters of thanks from the charities, thank you to all who came and had a few pints 🙂


5 Responses to "Northern Craft Brewers & Saltaire Brewery IPA Competition"

Excellent Write up Ade, Here’s to a rematch next year, I know the Midlands group, want to come back again.



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Nice one Ade. A great day!

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