Northern Monk started life in a parent’s cellar in 2013. In the early days, we focused on building the Northern Monk brand by brewing small quantities of beer at other breweries and selling it at local farmers markets. It was hard work and long hours, and it was full of uncertainties, but the end result of seeing people enjoying the beer that we’d brewed ourselves made it all worth it. We know what it’s like to start out in brewing, and we’re dedicated to providing platforms to support the beer community wherever we can.

Lots of today’s leading brewers started small, and many come from a homebrew background, including several members of our own brew team. We want to be able to share our own knowledge and experiences with other people that are passionate about the industry, so starting from July, we’re going to host a homebrew club at our Leeds and Manchester Refectories. To celebrate the introduction of the Northern Monk Homebrew Club, we’re launching a competition that will give homebrewers the chance to make their beer at a commercial scale using the brew kit at the Old Flax Store, and feature in a new Patrons Project designed to showcase the very best of the UK’s homebrew scene. In honour of Dark City 2019 (more on this to be announced soon…) submissions for the first competition will be focused on dark beer styles. This includes: Stouts and Porters, Black IPAs, Brown Ales, Barley Wines, Belgian Quads and Dubbels, Dunkels and Dunkelweizens, Doppel and Eis Bocks, Scotch Ales and Wee Heavies.

If you’d like to enter the competition, we require a minimum of 2 (but no more than 4) bottles of your beer, with the size of each to be at least 330ml. Each bottle will need to be clearly labelled with your contact details, style, ABV, and adjuncts. The submission window will be open from the 7th to the 13th of July. You can either drop off your bottles in person at the Old Flax Store or post them to us at Northern Monk Homebrew Club, The Old Flax Store, Marshalls Mill, Marshall St, Leeds, LS11 9YJ. Please also submit an in-depth brew schedule including full details of ingredients used and quantities, along with all other processes involved to

The beers will be judged by a panel of the Northern Monk team, which will include a mix of professional brewers and qualified tasters. The winner will be announced at the inaugural Northern Monk Homebrew Club on Sunday 21st July at Northern Monk Refectory LDS (further info and timings to be announced soon). The meetings will alternate between both Refectories, with each one featuring different themes, challenges and opportunities. You’ll be able to chat to our brew team, hang out with like-minded people and share beers, stories and tips. If you’d be interested in attending the club, please fill out the email sign up form at the bottom of this post to ensure that you receive full details.

The competition is open for entries now.