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2020 Wishbone Homebrew Competition

It’s Homebrew Competition time once again!

This year’s Homebrew competition is to brew a Pale Ale up to 6% (Not an IPA), brewers are free to use any hops, malt or yeast. Our competition is open to any homebrewer who can get here with their beer entries on the day of the competition.
This is a Private Homebrewers-Only event and it NOT a public bar, mates, wives, girlfriends, husbands, boyfriends and dogs all welcome so long as accompanied by a responsible-homebrewer 😉

Again we are supported by the most excellent homebrew shop The Malt Miller, we can only thank Rob for his continued support and that means…. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place!

Competition Rules:

  • Brew: Pale Ale (Not an IPA) We are wanting a balanced beer
  • ABV: up to 6%
  • Bottles: 3x 500ml Unmarked brown glass bottles (No Swing tops please)
  • Entries: 1 entry per brewer, email your contact details and tell us if you used any speciality ingredients so as to help the judges to
  • Hops & Malts: Entirely the brewers choice
  • Yeast: Entirely the brewers choice
  • Date & Time: Sat 16th May 2020 Doors open 11am, Bar open from 12.00, Judging starts at 13.00, kickout time around 18.00
  • On the day: Bottles to be brought to the brewery between 11.00 & 12.45 on the day of competition (NO Postal entries, we want everyone to come and enjoy the social as much as the competition)
  • Prizes: We will be presenting engraved tankards and certificates and there will be Malt Miller Gift Vouchers too

Again we will be raising money for charity, have 6 handpulls + 2 Keg lines on our brewery bar so we would like 3-4 homebrewers who want to brew a beer for the bar to be served alongside our own beer, all proceeds from the sale of homebrewed and our own beers will be donated to local charity.

Again we will be doing what we can to bring you some beer & brewing related entertainment from people in the brewing industry.

You can find us here:

Wishbone Brewery Limited
2A Worth Bridge Industrial Estate
Chesham Street
West Yorkshire
BD21 4LG

We are a 6min walk from Keighley Railway station and there is a Travel-lodge a similar walk away too for those of you that will be traveling from around the country. Keighley has some great Curry Houses too. We are also on a main bus route with a stop practically at the top of our road.

I’ll update this blog with more details as we confirm things…

Meet the Wishbone staff that make and deliver your beer

Some of you may know us already but for those of you who don’t, we’ll introduce you to our little team!

Adrian is the founder/owner/director and general dogsbody of Wishbone Brewery. He’s been in the brewing industry 10 years now after starting out as a homebrewer but has a mechanical engineering background.
Adrian also runs the Twitter & Instagram accounts for the brewery.
Likes all things beer, cats, synths & peanut butter!

Paul joined us just over two years ago as our delivery driver. Last October he also took on the role of Sales too, so Mon & Tues you’ll find him in the office…then Wed & Thurs you’ll see him out and about delivering our lovely beer to lovely people. You’ll also find him serving behind our brewery bar occasionally.
Paul is also a Web-designer, a keen homebrewer when he finds the time!
Likes all things beer, mince pies & chips!

Oliver joined us at the back end of 2016. Initially taken on as Brewers Assistant…it didn’t take long for Oliver to learn the ins and outs of brewing and he was soon Brewing the beer along with racking the beer and all the other day to day runnings of the brew house! It’s a combination of Adrian & Oliver’s minds that bring you each wonderful beer we brew!
Likes all things beer, football, cats and carrot sticks!

Emma (aka Adrian’s wife), you’ll find her in the office Monday & Tuesdays doing all things admin, book keeping, paying bills, paying wages, printing out orders and generally keeping everyone organised, running the Facebook page and chasing the odd customer for late payments! She is a mobile Cat groomer in the days she is not at Wishbone. She *shockingly* does not drink beer… but likes all things cats,vegan and roast potatoes!

Btw, our next bar date is this Saturday 15th Feb and we will have Mexican Food from Miski Mex, we are open from 12 til 7pm, come and have some beer, grab a bite to eat and if you have any questions about our Crowdfunder then please do ask us, Cheers

Taproom Crowdfunder

Help us open a Wishbone Taproom in our home town of Keighley and bring modern drinks to modern drinkers.

Thanks for watching, we appreciate your help with our venture.

Check our Blog & Socials for updates:

Video by Scott Coulthard

All the details from our Crowdfunder page:

Hi I’m Adrian from Wishbone brewery, We started the brewery in 2015 and were entirely family funded.

We currently open our on-site brewery bar twice each month but we are limited to how often we can do this and its not always that warm being an old industrial building!

Starting a local taproom has been an idea for a while but finances to do this haven’t been available, this is where You come in, we are asking for your support to help us.

We feel there is a gap in the market for an alternative taproom and would like to bring something to the town that would compliment the traditional drinking and be an open, accepting and friendly environment.

This would allow us to showcase our beers in a permanent venue.

We are an independent brewery and will be serving independently brewed beers in our bar from ourselves and other breweries.

Being a small independent business raising the kind of money we need to begin this project is not that easy. Which is why we believe crowdfunding is the best option to raise the funds and get this project up and running, its a way for us to raise the cash and you to get something back in return.

We are hoping to raise £25’000 which will be spent on all the costs of securing premises, fitting out and starting our Taproom.

We hope our venture will help create jobs and bring more people to Keighley.

Check out the rewards!

Here’s the T & C’s….

  • £5 or more donation – does what it says on the tin.
  • £10 Fuzzy warm feeling and a free Pint – You get a Free Pint voucher to spend in our new Taproom.
  • Totes Amazebones – Its a Tote bag! To be collected from the brewery or can be posted to you in the UK.
  • Double your money rewards – You will get a personal discount card and you can spend your reward on half price drinks in our new Taproom.
  • Limited Edition T-shirt – Please state your size and let us know if you require a male or female cut, to be collected from the brewery or can be posted to you in the UK.
  • Wishbone Beanie hat – Please state your size and let us know if you require a male or female cut, to be collected from the brewery or can be posted to you in the UK.
  • Limited Edition Hoodie – Please state your size and let us know if you require a male or female cut, to be collected from the brewery or can be posted to you in the UK.
  • Brewery Tour and beers at the new taproom – fairly self explanatory, 20 rewards = 20 people to come to the brewery at a time and date set by Wishbone for a brewery tour followed by 4 pints of beer in our new Taproom. (This may be split into two groups of 10 to make it easier for people to attend)
  • Free beer pass at a brewery bar date and a T-shirt – £60 worth of beer to drink in the brewery, and you can walk home wearing your new T 😉
  • Private Launch Night No.1 – Free drinks and a T-shirt at the first opening.
  • Private Launch Night No.2 – Free drinks and a T-shirt at the second opening.
  • Brewday Experience – This is on a date to be set for up-to 5 rewardees, we are a working brewery so health and safety is paramount, wet floors, tripping hazards, hot water, chemicals… its all the fun of the fair, NO BEER ALLOWED until the end of the day when we hook up a couple of kegs and relax.
  • Trade-Only Customer Discount 10%, Discount runs for 3 months on Cask & keykeg beers, no other discounts can be used with this discount, all beer prices are standard list prices. The more beer you buy over 3 months the more you save.
  • Mobile cask bar hire and 2x Cask beers – delivered and set up ready for your party / gathering, you will be liable for any loss or damage of equipment.
  • Mobile Keg bar and 6x keg beers –  – delivered and set up ready for your party / gathering, you will be liable for any loss or damage of equipment.
  • Private Hire of the brewery – Date to be agreed with Wishbone brewery, any breakages will be billed for and this does not include food, only wishbone beers and our regularly stocked wines.
  • Design & Brew your own beer – we are a working brewery so health and safety is paramount, wet floors, tripping hazards, hot water, chemicals… its all the fun of the fair, NO BEER ALLOWED until the end of the day when we hook up a couple of kegs and relax. The beer recipe will remain the intellectual property of Wishbone Brewery Limited.

Delivery date for all of the above will be on or just after the time of the new taproom opening, thanks

Tryanuary 2020

Its that time of year again that Pubs and Brewers can feel the pinch, Tryanuary was set up to encourage people to try new drinks, have a change from your go-to pint and see what other beers, pubs and breweries you can find during January.

This year we are having beers on our bar from Horsforth, Meanwood, Nomadic & Wilde Child breweries, then we will have 2 brand new Cask beers and a couple of Kegs.

Food will be from Mozzafella, so thats all about amazing award-winning fresh-baked Pizza.

We hope you will come join us on Saturday 25th, we open at 12.00 and Last orders is around 7.00pm


Greenflute (Not Gluten Free this time)

We have just had the lab results back for Greenflute, it has not attained the correct level to be sold as Gluten Free this time, this does not effect the taste of the beer and its still bloody gorgeous. This batch, Gyle #440 on the Cask Labels, *IS NOT GLUTEN FREE* We will be striking through the Gluten Free line on all pumpclips sold of this batch, and all subsequent emails will have a link to these results.

We used a different malt in this particular brew so we are 99% sure the next brew will be back to how it should be when we revert back to the old malt.
Here are the test results, bear in mind that to pass the test and be considered Gluten Free it has to be 20 ppm or less, this time we hit 32 ppm which is a fail.

This batch of beer will now be branded up as below, Pixie Juice, which would be classed as ‘Very Low Gluten’ as its well below 100ppm, though we aren’t stating that on the pumpclip.

Its Christmassssssss!!!! Sat 14th Dec

Christmas, we will be open Saturday 14th December for all your drinking needs between 12 and 9pm, The Lemontree are on food duty and we will again have the fabulous Haworth Ukulele Group with us for some festive fun. Our mobile keg bar will be on in addition to our regular bar, we hope 8x keg and 6x cask (with beer changes) will be enough to keep you entertained. The very last keg of BA Black Imp 10.2% will be on too!!!!

We are busy building stock of Minikeg beers so these will be available to Order and Pick up before Christmas, I’ll be posting a list of whats available as soon as we’ve done them.

We might just make our full cases of cans a special Christmas price too 😉

The overdue blog post

It seems like a while since my last beer update on here, Paul just doesn’t nag as much as Dawn did!!!

River of Worth 4.6% British Hopped Brown Ale turned out a bit good, we started building in malty toasty flavours from the very start in Oliver’s recipe, so that when we added all the toasted bread all the flavours complimented well with one another. We have Keighley Big Local, Aire Rivers Trust, River Worth Friends and the local Co-Op to thank for doing all the toasting and supply of the waste food that saved it going to landfill. Its a worthy contender for these chilly weeks as the autumn leaves are falling.

Steely Dan Mondays 3.5%, its a Pale ale / Session IPA brewed with Enigma, Citra & Taiheke hops with a nice 6g/Litre Dry hop, brewed especially for the 5th Birthday of The Record Cafe from North Parade, Bradford. This beer is nicely different, and fairly dank, thanks to the Aussie Enigma and New Zealand Taiheke hops. The Record Cafe Birthday weekend runs from 22nd to 24th this weekend!!!

Yeah, its that time of year again soon, we brewed this year’s version of Nigel 4% ‘Hoppy Christmas’ with Cascade, First Gold and Jester hops and it should be even more drinkable than last years, we are taking pre-orders and its already over half sold so be quick if you want a cask, we will also have it on our Christmas Brewery Tap bar and a limited amount of minikegs will also be available to order / buy.

Leading us nicely onto Christmas, we will be open Saturday 14th December for all your drinking needs between 12 and 9pm, The Lemontree are on food duty and we will again have the fabulous Haworth Ukulele Group with us for some festive fun. Our mobile keg bar will be on in addition to our regular bar, we hope 8x keg and 6x cask (with beer changes) will be enough to keep you entertained 🙂 The very last keg of BA Black Imp 10.2% will be on too!!!!


Beer Update, 2.8%, sour, smoke & hops!

As some of you may know Dawn (our sales girl) has gone to pastures new to help her friend out in a cafe, Paul (our Driver) has thankfully agreed to do extra days and take over the sales role too, so our weekly emails will be coming from Paul@…. instead of Dawn@…. If you didn’t get the new email this week then please check your spam folder. Hopefully Dawn will still give me a nudge from time to time to tell me I need to write a new Blog post 😉 But yeah…. thanks to Dawn for always looking after our customers in her typically Dawn way 😉

New beers…

Sky Wizard 2.8% Session IPA, our first go at a low ABV beer, Mashed hot to retain body this beer drinks way stronger than the 2.8%, dry hopped and unfined/Vegan, a trio of hops from America make a very satisfying gob full. Its a bit like brewing a 4% beer all the same ingredients and a heck of a lot of hops. There are a limited number of Casks and mostly keykegs of this beer.

Replacement Tears 4.4% Raspberry Sour, again this is another first for us with our first Sour beer!! And its turned out a treat, Brewed with a Trappist style Belgian yeast a really nice balance of sour and body, the Mosaic & Citra BBC dry hopping takes a back seat with the sour and Raspberries being more upfront, and its a lovely dusky pink colour too. This is almost totally Keykeg beer, and obviously Unfined and Vegan.

I should mention that we have brewed our German-style Smoked beer Boilerplate with a Lager yeast this year and its in Cask and Keykeg, I might even stick one on the brewery bar for this weekend for the Smoke fans. Unfined, Unfiltered & Vegan.

Whimsy 4.7% Session IPA with Enigma, Nelson Sauvin & Mosaic hops, brewed with Jim from Salford Beer Fest its tasting great nicely different hop combo that breaks away from a lot of other beers.  Available from next week (apart from in the Manc area as thats for Salford Beer fest only) in cask then a limited amount of keykeg about a week later.

  • A little rundown of the remainder of the year, we have The Lemontree back on the food for our remaining Saturday bars of 2019.
    This Saturday 12th October – 12 til 7pm
  • 9th November – 12 til 7pm, this is going to be an epic bar day as we have soooo much going on, there will be a beer Launch of a Trad-brown Ale made with waste food (Toasted bread to be exact) wich is a tie-in with a Litter-Pick as we did before with the River Worth Friends / Keighley Big Local and Aire Rivers Trust who will be bring river models to look at / play with and there will be a talk too….. then if thats not enough from 5 til 7pm there is a Free Electronic Music Set from MylarMelodies with Eurorack Synth gear.
  • 14th December 12 til 9pm is our Christmas Bar and we have the amazing Haworth Ukulele Group with us again for some raucous festive fun.



Beer Update

Hello 🙂 It seems a while since we’ve updated you on what beers are new….

Most recently we brewed a Cucumber Kolsch 4.8%, we had the cask version on our bar last Friday and it saw lots of action along with the non-cucumbered version on Keykeg being the biggest selling beers of the session. I’ve tried a couple of other cucumber beers and to be honest ours wins hands down, masses of fresh summery cucumber on the nose followed in the mouth and the really easy drinking of the Kolsch recipe, unfined and vegan but our cask settled out as near as bright as it could be within a couple of days. Available in Cask and 30L Keykegs.

Titus Red 1772 was brewed with the lovely guys from the Square Chapel Arts in Halifax, its a big ass Malty Hoppy gob full brewed with Crisp Malt’s Dark Munich malt which really swings some heft in the malt stakes, then Citra, Chinook, Ekuanot and Columbus scream their way through to an eventual 9g/litre Dry hop in the FV giving it a lovely hoppy nose before descending into Hops and Malt in the mouth, also weighing in at 4.8%, Unfined and Vegan, this one should serve with a nice but subtle haze. Available in Cask and 30L Keykegs.

TP2 or Tiller Pin 2, we went all ‘Supersize my ass’ on this, Tiller Pin is good and TP2 is MORE GOOD! Big Fat Dry Hop with Citra and Chinook BBC hop Pellets and 6.2%, the guys from The Boathouse were invited around to brew this with us cos we thought it only fitting with our history of Brewing Tiller Pin 4.2% for them. A totally cracking beer that we will definitely brew again. This one is also Unfined and Vegan, definitely has a good-looking haze to it, available in Cask and mega-limited quantity in 30L Keykeg.

Things coming up in the near future….
A collab, more details will be released nearer the time, it will be a Fruity Kolsch though 😉 Feel free to guess who we are collaborating with….
We will be brewing a Raspberry Sour with a Belgian yeast which will be mostly be heading into Keg, sooooooo if you want a Cask of it you need to be telling us RIGHT NOW!!!! Thanks

Don’t forget this Saturday we have Mozzafella bringing the Fresh Baked Pizzas to our Bar day, 10th Aug 12 til 7pm, you can come and get your Cucumber Kolsch Keg fix too!

Then there is no Friday Bar in September because we wanted to go drink some booze at Leeds International Beer Festival then the week after its Saltaire Brewery’s massive yearly Beer fest, so our special Brewery Birthday Bar is going to be on Saturday 21st September, details here. Think lots of keg beer and some epic beers on offer along with Top Food from Rubys Street Kitchen.

October is your last Friday bar of the year, just Saturdays through November and December…. Shit!! Its nearly Flippin’ Christmas, but, but, but its still August!!!

Our November Saturday will be one not to miss too, we will be starting the day a bit early supporting  Keighley Big Local / The friends of River Worth and the Aire Rivers Trust, so the early part of that day will be the launch of a beer made with Waste food and a litter pick with River Models for you to look at / play with out in our loading bay, food will be from our friends at The Lemon Tree. Later that day on Saturday 9th November we will have something pretty different to what we have done before, I’ve always been into electronic music and have played around with music gear and music making for years so between 5-7pm we will have the excellent Mylar.Melodies bringing us his electronic synth music in the form of his Modular Eurorack gear, check him out on Social Media and his regular electronic music Podcasts.

Its only our 4th Birthday on Sat 21st September!

We will be 4 years old as a brewery at the end of August but we had to be polite and not clash with other peoples events so we moved it some time back to Saturday 21st September.

We hope you will come and join us while we roll out the Mobile keg bar in addition to our regular beers on offer so you’ll get a total of 14 beers to make your way through 🙂
This will let us put on the likes of; Dassler, Cucumber Kolsch, Cloudy with a chance of hops, The Black Imp, Barrel Aged Black Imp,  TP2, Wibble, Bleep, etc all on Keg at the same time along with 6 of our excellent Cask beers 🙂 And thats not even all the different keg beers we ‘could’ put on!

There will the the amazing #Streetfood from Rubys Street Kitchen.
And thanks all for getting us from nothing to the 4 year mark, we literally couldn’t have done it without you, Cheers