Looking Back 2015
The MCB has again grown in popularity with our mailing list expanding by 40% since the beginning of the year. Attendance at meetings has also remained buoyant with an average attendance of 21.
It is encouraging to see so many new attendees, many of whom are new brewers, as well as the stalwarts who have been the backbone of our organisation over many years.
New attendees are encouraged to provide feedback after their first meeting to make sure we remain open and welcoming. Meetings, while structured, remain informal and all attendees are encouraged to participate fully when we are discussing the wide range of topics which are a feature of each agenda.
The standard of beers continues to improve and compares very well with commercial beers and it is rare to see a sub standard beer. Having said that, a feature of each meeting is a “beer clinic” where brewers are asked to bring a problem beer for tasting and analysis. Advice is given so that future faults can be eliminated.
Meetings continue to be arranged throughout the Midlands and my thanks go to the various chairmen who have all done a splendid job in making the meetings so informative and enjoyable. A particular highlight was the guest speaker at our Nuneaton meeting Richie, from the Twisted Barrel Brewery in Coventry. Richie gave us some helpful advice for any home brewers who were thinking of going commercial.
Two social events were held during the year in Leicester and Derby. Both were well attended as was the excellent brewery visit to Slater’s Brewery in Stafford.
Thanks again to Alan and Peter who ran an excellent workshop covering all aspects of yeast. This included advice to beginners on the basics up to the more advanced microbiological techniques.
Malc and I attended a splendid cider making workshop at the home of our MCB cider making expert John P.
MCB members also were successful in various national competitions during the year with several first prizes and a Best in Show .We also won the MCB/NCB annual competition again taking the top 4 places.
Overall a very enjoyable year and we are looking forward to a range of activities for 2016