Now the dust has settled after a wonderful, chaotic, boozy, beer extravaganza at Cloudwater’s Friends & Family & Beer Festival in Manchester last weekend, we take a look back at what we learned. READ MORE
If you’re unfamiliar with Cloudwater, er, where have you been? Founded in 2014, the Manchester based brewery rose to prominence as one of the leading lights in the UK craft beer scene and were named as the second best brewery in the world at this year’s RateBeer Awards.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of serving beers alongside Dave Stone, one of the owners and directors of Wylam, and Ben Wilkinson, their head brewer and all round good guy, at Hop City in Leeds. Their enthusiasm and infectious personalities make it impossible not to love these guys and I had a blast serving their excellent beer and chewing the fat with them both.
It was here that I first heard of Wylam’s intentions to release a collaboration that would go on to be called the Northern Powerhouse. READ MORE
We’re reviewing the entire Northern Powerhouse Brew Series – this is beer five, after 008, 006, 007 and 001.
I had very high expectations, and that’s a sign of how much I love Cloudwater and Wylam but this was my first slight disappointment of the series. From the can, it poured a viscous brown and there was an instant hit of big sweet smells spilling out of the glass. READ MORE
The first in our series of city guides, we’re starting with Belfast because it’s our hometown. It’s where we’re based and the city we know best. You can consider this as the definitive guide to craft beer in Belfast from a native who’s drank hundreds (thousands?!) of beers in or from the places listed below.