Independent Family Brewers Of Britain

Independent Family Brewers
The Independent Family Brewers of Britain were brought together in 1993 to defend The Tie. The group now consists of 29 brewers who form the IFBB, and represent a distinct and unique sector of the UK brewing industry – the family owned brewery.

#MBCF17 has invited 17 of the IFBB’s members to bring their beers to the festival on a dedicated Independent Family Brewers Bar.


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Dark Lord
A dark, mahogany beer with a rich, nutty flavour and spicy bittersweet finish.
BatemansGoldGA3.9WainfleetRefreshing golden beer brewed with lager malt and Chinook & Cascade hops, giving citrus flavour and aroma
BatemansXBB3.7WainfleetClassic amber ale crafted by the fusion of English Golding and Challenger hops with Lincolnshire pale and chocolate malts, slowly matured to create a grainy quaffable beer
BatemansXXXBBB4.5WainfleetClassic English tawny pale ale, fruity with peppery aroma and fruity, biscuity flavour.
Bath AlesGemSB4.1BathChestnut brown with spicy hop, malt & toffee aromas and balanced bitter sweet flavour
BrainsBread of HeavenB4CardiffTraditional with distinctive reddish hue & rich hop aroma, finely balanced by a more-ish fruit finish
BrainsCafé PhoenixP4.4CardiffRich, dark & smooth Porter with flavours of caramel, toffee and coffee. Single-hopped with UK Phoenix and accentuated with a coffee blend
BrainsThe Rev James GoldGA4.1CardiffCrisp, sweet golden ale with fresh fruit flavours balanced by an intriguing depth & light malty aroma.
BrainsThe Rev James OriginalBB4.5CardiffRich & well-balanced with mellow malty flavour that gives way to a clean, refreshing finish
Fuller'sBengal LancerIPA5ChiswickPale in colour, full-bodied with a distinctive hoppiness that marks it out as a true India Pale Ale.
Fuller'sESBSB5.5ChiswickWonderful rich mahogany . Cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes.
Fuller'sLondon PorterP5.4ChiswickRich, dark and complex, this beer has an outstanding depth of flavour.
Fuller'sOlivers IslandGA3.8ChiswickQuenching, zesty ale brewed with orange peel. Hops & malt work together in glorious harmony
Harvey'sArmada AleBB4.5LewesDry-hopped. A golden ale with a vibrant hop tone and a dry finish
Harvey'sOld AleO4.3LewesRich and dark. Soft and full bodied, with hints of dried fruits and dates
Harvey'sPrince Of DenmarkS7.5LewesComplex beer with aromas of leather, chocolate & liquorice, with a lingering taste
Harvey'sSussex Best BitterB4LewesA blend of four local hops creates a superbly balanced bitter
HoltBitterB4Cheetham HillCopper-coloured beer with malt and hops in aroma and taste. Long-lasting bitterness to finish.
HoltBootleg Brewing Co Fools GoldB3.9Cheetham HillA crisp pale ale with tropical fruit hops.
HoltBootleg Brewing Co Urban FoxBB4.2Cheetham HillA red "rye PA" packed with citrus hops. An ideal session beer.
HoltTwo HootsGA4.2Cheetham HillA light, crisp and refreshing golden ale, with a hint of citrus and slightly sweet aftertaste.
HydesLowryGA4.7WeasteCitra & Chinook hops produce a refreshing golden beer
HydesMount LubinGA5WeasteGolden Ale
HydesOld IndieM3.5WeasteSmooth ebony ale with subtle notes of roasted malt & caramel
HydesWest Coast WheatW4WeasteU.S. style dark wheat ale
LeesAtomicB3.8MiddletonAmber beer brewed with new british hop variaety. Fruity hoppy aroma & bitter smooth flavour
LeesBitterB4MiddletonAn all-malt brew setting the standard for Northern ales. Amber beer with malty and citrus fruit aftertaste. First brewed in 1828.
LeesHarvest AleBW11.5MiddletonLimited edition vintage barley wine, made once & once only from the first hops of the year and the very finest British malt. Very rare in cask conditioned form
LeesManchester StarO7.3MiddletonChocolate, malty overtones & a warming finish from 100% British malt, chocolate malt & Goldings hops
LeesMoonrakerBW6.5MiddletonReddish-brown beer with strong, malty fruit aroma. Flavour is rich and sweet. Finish is fruity yet dry.
LeesMPAGA3.7MiddletonA golden ale made from all British malt, Liberty & Mount Hood hops
McMullensAKB3.7HertfordSoft malty taste with a light fragrant aroma & clean finish.
McMullensCountryBB4.3HertfordGolden bitter with hints of citrus and spicy berries for a well balanced beer
McMullensImperial IPAIPA5.6HertfordFull bodied IPA with a delicate roast coffee, burnt caramel aroma and a full fruit balance
McMullensStronghartO7Hertford36 month Barrel aged liquid Christmas pudding. Rich, dark & exceptionally smooth. Former CAMRA champion Barley Wine
PalmersBest BitterBB4.2BridportA full-drinking, malty ale with a delicious hop character.
PalmersCopper AleB3.7BridportBalanced, copper-coloured session ale, good citrus fruit with a hoppy aroma
PalmersDorset GoldGA4.5BridportA refreshing and thirst-quenching golden premium ale, with a palate that’s full and fruity and lightly hopped with Kent Goldings.
PalmersTally HoO5.5BridportStrong, nutty, full strength dark beer. Oaky and roasted flavour, with deep and distinctive taste.
RobinsonsDizzy BlondeB3.8StockportRefreshing with a clean zesty hop dominated palate complemented by a crisp dry finish.
RobinsonsDizzy Resolution!O4.4StockportAromas of roasted malt & fruity hop with dash of liquorice balanced by the addition of Demerara sugar. A warming full bodied pint
RobinsonsOld TomBW8.5StockportLegendary, full-bodied dark beer. Complex flavours includes dark chocolate, port, and dark fruits.
RobinsonsTrooperSB4.8StockportMalt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.
Shepherd NeameHog Island East Coast Pale AleSB4.8Favershamitrus, pine and fruit aromas melded with light caramel notes & robust bitterness
Shepherd NeameSpitfireBB4.2FavershamDark amber with fruit & toffee on the nose and spicy hoppy bitterness
Shepherd NeameSpitfire GoldGA4.1FavershamBalanced, light golden ale with citrus &pine aroma, sweet malt flavour and soft bitter finish
St AustellBombay Steamer East India PorterP5.3St. AustellRobust dark porter with strong bitterness imparted by English Goldings Hops inspired by the original East India Porters of the 1850s
St AustellProper JobIPA4.5St. AustellIPA packed full of citrus pineapple, grapefruit resinous flavours with a fine crisp bitter finish
St AustellTributeBB4.2St. AustellLight, hoppy, zesty orange & grapefruit flavours balanced with biscuit malt
TheakstonAtlantic RedBB4.3MashamFull bodied American Red brewed with Pilgrim hops to give a spicy honey cedarwood character
TheakstonBlack Bull BitterB3.9MashamCrisp, refreshingly dry taste with citrus fruit flavour and aroma
TheakstonLightfootBB4.1MashamA refreshing pale beer - dry and light with a pronounced floral hop aroma and a mellow, satisfying hoppy aftertaste.
TheakstonOld PeculierO5.6MashamOne of the world’s great beers – smooth, strong and mellow
ThwaitesCraft CrusaderB3.9BlackburnWhole leaf Crusader hops give a spicy floral bitterness, balanced with light biscuit malt flavours
ThwaitesMMXVIIIPA3.6BlackburnFruity IPA with tropical citrus & orange flavours from a combination of five hops
ThwaitesNew LightGA3.4BlackburnLight blonde beer with citrus fruit flavours from the mixture of European & North American hops
ThwaitesRum PorterP6.2BlackburnWith oak & spice notes coming through, a slight chocolate & raisin finish and a good slug of rum!
Timothy TaylorBoltmakerB4KeighleyTawny bitter combining hops, fruit and nutty malt. Lingering, increasingly bitter aftertaste. Formerly, sometimes still, sold as Best Bitter
Timothy TaylorGolden BestM3.5KeighleyRefreshing, amber-coloured traditional Pennine light mild. Malty throughout. Fruit in the nose increases to complement the delicate hoppy taste
Timothy TaylorLandlordBB4.3KeighleyFull bodied beer with complex hop aromas and flavour
Timothy TaylorRam TamO4.3KeighleyBlack beer with red highlights. Roast coffee bitterness balanced by fruit & malt with burnt caramel coming through in the finish
Wadworth6XBB4.1DevizesCopper-coloured ale with a malty & fruity nose, some bitterness & a lingering malty bitter finish
WadworthDirty RuckerB3.9DevizesFruity on the palate and a malty sweetness leads to a peppery note for a smooth finish
WadworthFilthy ChuckerGA3.8DevizesTangy golden ale with two American hops to give a punchy, zingy citrus flavour
WadworthSwordfishSp5DevizesFull-bodied, deep copper-coloured ale flavoured with Pussers Rum
WellsBombardier Burning GoldGA4.1BedfordZesty aromas leading to a dry, crisp flavour with a hint of citrus on the palate & a smooth finish
WellsBombardier Pale AleB3.6BedfordAroma of peppery hops & raisins, palate of more dark fruit, juicy malt & tangy hops
WellsMcEwans IPAIPA4BedfordFull-bodied, hoppy ale with citrus fruit aroma & a dry refreshing finish
WellsYoungs Winter WarmerSB5BedfordRich ruby coloured beer with a complex fruity nose with hints of candy. Full bodied leading to a bittersweet, vinous finish.

UK Bottled Conditioned Beers

Style Key:

GA Golden Ale
B Bitter
BB Best Bitter
SB Strong Bitter
IPA India Pale Ale
BIPA Cascadian Dark Ale (Black IPA)
M Mild
SM Strong Mild
O Old Ale
S Stout
P Porter
BW Barley Wine
Sp Speciality Beer
L Real Lager
W Wheat beer
Sa Saison
So Sour / bretted beer