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On the Saturday 13th of April 2013 the Northern Craft Brewers & Saltaire Brewery will be holding a Competition and Meeting as we have done for the previous two years 2012/2011.
Saltaire Brewery
The Competition will be to brew your best American Pale Ale (Full Details Here) a bit of give or take on the style but American Hops are essential, NCB Prizes & Engraved Tankards will be given for First, Second & Third and no doubt a Honorable Mention or two, So get your Brewer/Brewster hat on and get mashing, its open to all who can get themselves & their beer here on the day, One entry per person.

Vital Statistics: OG: 1.045 – 1.060
IBUs: 30 – 45 FG: 1.010 – 1.015
SRM: 5 – 14 ABV: 4.5 – 6.2%

Entry is 3 500ml-1Pint Brown Bottles with no labels or Identifying Marks any colour crown cork closure allowed.

Entry fee is £5.00 per entry, payable on the day, £2.00 Entry fee to the event on the Day for non competitors.

Cash Prizes for 1st-4th amounts will be announced nearer the event as size will depend on entries received but minimum £25 for 1st place plus Trophies & certificate presented on the Day.

To enter the Competition please email Shane Swindells @

Please provide Name Address and a preferred contact email when emailing Shane

You will receive a confirmation email on application and any further information/updates will come via email, closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 31st March 2013 no entries will received after this date.
Bring Your 3 Entry bottles on the Day & we will issue Tags with your entry number to be applied to the bottles on the day of the event.

The Brewery will be open from 11.00am to accept entries, all entries must be in by 13.00

Now… seeing as you are coming to Saltaire Brewery we have a couple of bars that will be needing stocking with beer… not any old beer mind… Homebrewed beer 🙂 We’ll be asking a few of you to brew a beer to be served on Handpull (Bag in Box) and the proceeds will be split between the brewers chosen charities, last year we raised £400 I’m sure we can beat that!
We’ll be giving the peoples choice Cask beer an Engraved Tankard too, the beer to brew for the bar is to be pretty open but it would be good to stick with the American theme and within 3.5 to 5.5% ABV. (Info for invited cask Brewers)

Oh… did I mention we are working on giving you guys a talk on Hops too, thanks to Andrew Whalley of Charles Faram.
And……. we’ll do some Brewery Tours, as if the beer wasn’t enough to keep you busy!
Bring your homebrew,  swapping and tasting is very much encouraged 🙂

If you need food, bring your own as its a 10 minute walk to the nearest eatery as is Shipley Train Station, here’s the Google Map for the Brewery. Their is an Ibis Hotel 10mins walk away too and local Aagrah curry house not too far either 🙂

We had a week in Inverness a few weeks back and I’ve only just got the photos off the camera a bit back.
Cracking beers 🙂  They are a fully Organic brewery and use a biomass fed boiler to heat their HLT, boiling with a 30BBL Gas-fired copper, they have both regular FV’s and DPV’s (Dual Purpose Vessels) do check them out, they do tours and Cask, keg, bottle all their own beer

The Front of the brewery with the shop:
Some of the vessels:
The Thistle Wagon!
Mash Tun with grist delivery pipe coming in at the top, they grow there own organic Barley and it gets malted just down the road at Bairds in Inverness, how’s that for Freshness and control over process:
Bottling machine with Keg/Bottle carbonater in front left:
Filter on the LH and FV’s on the RH:
Gas-Fired Copper boiler with the flue going thru the roof:

I dare say we’ll be back, Inverness and the surrounding landscape was rather appealing 🙂
Just a couple of weeks after these photos were taken they had some new fermenters delivered so look out for some even more interesting beers from Black Isle….

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