Coming up tomorrow and Saturday (October 5th & 6th 2012) is the Independent Manchester Beer (and stuff) Convention. Something I have been looking forward to since I first heard about it months ago. It’s being organised by the good folks of Port Street Beer House who always deliver when it comes to providing great beer. I’m sure you will agree if you check out their website this is not going to be your average beer festival and to say I was chuffed when they asked to collaborate with me on a brew for the event would be an understatement.

After several weeks of bouncing ideas backwards and forwards we finally decided to produce ÖTM an autumn brew. There was input from Will, Jeremy and James from Port Street and loads of help and advice from Paul and Glen at Outstanding when we finally got down to brew day. Jeremy and James came to the brewery for a day of jazz brewing, everyone brought their ideas to the table, we tweaked it along the way and we all agree, we’ve made great tasting beer 🙂 It’s a brown ale, with plenty of hops of course. 4 malts plus oats and 2 unrefined sugars provide a rich base for the English, US and Slovenian hops to produce a spicy autumn berry fruit bitterness and moreish aroma underpinned by just a hint of sugary richness.

ÖTM is going to available for the Saturday sessions at Indy Man and also at… The First Chop, Port Street Beer House, Electrik Bar, Dulcimer, Common, Knott Bar, The Mac and The Bar over the coming weeks. And if you can’t get enough of it from those places I’m holding back a few casks for the Bury Beer Festival, November 2nd and 3rd at The Met, Bury.