Homebrewers from across Greater Manchester are being invited to take part in a competition to see who can brew the best, commercially-viable beer.

The winner will get the chance to brew their beer commercially at Beer Nouveau and put it up for sale at the upcoming Left Bank Beer Festival.

The competition, organised by the Manchester Homebrewers Group and Beer Nouveau, will challenge the brewers to not only create a beer that tastes great but one that would also works to the same ingredient constraints faced by the professionals.

Entrants will be provided with a sheet to provide details of their ingredients, which will allow judges to work out the cost of producing the beer commercially. Drinkers at the MCR Homebrew Expo on Sunday June 19 will also be given the chance to rate each beer. The winner will be determined by combining the results from the two methods of judging.

How limited are the ingredients? There are only 24 hops available on the spot market at the moment, and brewers will be limited to using these for the competition. They are:

  • Atlas
  • Bramling Cross
  • Bravo
  • Cascade
  • Columbus
  • Crystal
  • Dana
  • Dr Rudi
  • Eureka
  • First Gold
  • Mittlefruh
  • Hekules
  • Lubelski
  • Magnum
  • Minstrel
  • Mount Hood
  • Northern Brewer
  • Pacific Gem
  • Pioneer
  • Progress
  • Sladek
  • Sovereign
  • Target
  • Whitbred Goldings Variety (WGV)

If you would like to take part in the competition, contact mancshomebrew@gmail.com for full details on how to enter.