Beers From The Wood

MBCF has teamed up with the Society For the Preservation of Beers From The Wood (SPBW) again to bring you an entire bar of beer matured in wooden casks. Click here to learn more about SPBW.

Almost all of the casks on the bar have been specially filled for this years festival – you won’t find these beers in this form in any other place.

Maturation in wooden cask brings complex flavours from the interaction between the beer and the wood infused with the microscopic remains of the previous contents of the cask.

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Notes (Long)
AbbeydaleBlack MassDark ruby ale6.7SheffieldVery dark ruby ale with a rich creamy head. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee and burnt toast. Full bodied and warming with strong flavours of bitter chocolate, fruitcake, raisins and hints of cherries. A lingering bitter finish.
AbbeydaleGooseberry SaisonFruit saison7.5SheffieldLight, refreshing,tart saison, hopped with Eldorado hops and infused with gooseberries
Bad CoBilberry Milshake IPAYorkshire foraged bilberry IPA5.8DishforthAt this time of year if you know where to look, Yorkshire is awash with the utterly delicious Bilberry - the wild variant of blueberries that pack much more flavour and have a deliciously tart aftertaste - and we thought we would harness these almighty be
Bad Seed / Black StormDark Forest TheoryChocolate Cherry Stout5.5MaltonChocolate Cherry Stout. Rich dark chocolate meets sour cherry in a decadent grown up dessert. Black malts combine with Cacao nibs and sour cherry puree to make a perfect winter warmer!
Beer NouveauBarrel-Aged West Coast IPAIPA6.8ManchesterAn original 80's Californian IPA recipe aged for 9 months in a Bourbon barrel
Beer NouveauBrown PorterPorter4.0ManchesterA traditional porter brewed with diastatic brown malt.
Beer NouveauBrown StoutStout Porter5.0ManchesterA thicker bodied porter using oats and wheat to increase the mouthfeel.
Beer NouveauHeritage Barrel-Aged East India Pale AleIPA5.9Manchester18 month barrel-aged East India Pale Ale, part of heritage barrel-ageing programme
Beer NouveauHeritage Barrel-Aged East India PorterPorter6.9Manchester12 month barrel-aged East India Porter made with specially kilned heritage malt
Beer NouveauManchester Hop Project : Manchester Green HopPale ale4.3Manchester
Beer NouveauManchester Hop Project : Ordsall Old AleOld Ale6.3ManchesterHeritage 18th century malts brewed with hops grown at Ordsall Hall used to recreate a historic beer style
Beer NouveauSurplus : Chocolate Orange StoutChococate orange stout8.0Manchester################
BlackedgeDark RumPorter4.6HorwichA dark rum porter with rich chocolate & roasted coffee. Finished wirh liquorice and mellow sweet dark rum.
BlackjackAce Of Spades (Barrel aged)Imperial stout10.0Collyhurst, ManchesterThree year barrel aged imperial stout
BlackjackBarley WineBarley Wine11.0Collyhurst, ManchesterOur first Barleywine coming in at a nice warming 9.6%, lots of malt and mainly hopped with goldings and admiral
Brass CastleAnnexationRussian Imperial Stout8.3MaltonIn a time of renewed Russian imperialism, we bring you an 8.3% traditional aged Russian Imperial Stout. Smooth like the Volga and as bonkers as Putin.
Brass CastleHazelnut MildMild4.2Malton5-malt nut brown mild with a delicate hazelnut aroma.
Brass CastleMalton AmberLight amber4.0MaltonLight amber ale brewed in collaboration with Malton's Woodhams Stone historical society, which houses the breweriana of the towns earlier breweries and the last barrel coopered in Malton
Brew YorkCherry TonkokoCherry & coconut stout9.5YorkStill as luxuriously decadent as before, we now bring you Cherry Tonkoko. Now with silly amounts of Morello Cherries added to compliment the lingering spice and almond of the Tonka Beans and Madagascan Vanilla.
CarnivalTransformerPorter6.2LiverpoolBold roasty flavours with a creamy head, silky mouthfeel and lasting dark chocolate bitterness.
CarnivalTransformer Vanilla EditionVanilla porter6.2LiverpoolRobust porter with hints of chocolate, spicy rye and candied fruits with a dark chocolate bitterness finished with lasting, decadent vanilla.
Cheshire BrewhouseGibralter PorterPorter8.1CongletonPorter originally brewed by a brewery on the Isle of Wight in 1864 and recreated by Cheshire Brewhouse and Rising Tide Brewing Company in Portland, Maine in Nov 18. Brewed with heritage Chevallier Barley
Cheshire BrewhouseGovinda Chevallier EditionHeritage IPA6.8CongletonBrewed faithfully to a heritage Burton-Upon-Trent IPA recipe. The recipe dates from the early 1800’s
Cheshire BrewhouseLord FlameBest bitter4.2CongletonBest Bitter brewed with Challenger & Bramling Cross
Cheshire BrewhouseSmokehouse PorterSmoked salted caramel porter8.1CongletonSmokhouse Porter is a slightly smoked, salted caramel, chocolate, sticky-toffee pudding, porter, with a bourbon vanilla flip.
Speciality Malts are married with an abundance of Dates, Cacao, Black Treacle & Bourbon Vanilla pods, creating a delicious, smoo
ClunCitadelEnglish IPA5.9ClunBrewed in our own microbrewery. It is a formidable strong ale which will appeal to the real hop lover. Perhaps more accurately described as an original style IPA, the beer is produced with Marris Otter pale malt and deploys the mighty Green Bullet hop to
DarwinBeagle BlondeBlonde ale4.1SunderlandA golden coloured pale ale with refreshing citrus hops leading to a dry, bitter finish
DarwinRolling Hitch IPAIPA5.2SunderlandAmarillo hopped IPA, with British Heritage Malts. Flowers and Citrus aroma
Elland1872 PorterPorter6.5EllandRich, complex and dark Porter from an original 1872 recipe, with an old port nose, and coffee and bitter chocolate flavours on the palate. Champion Beer Of Britain 2013.
FernandesBlack VoodooChocolate Orange Stout5.1WakefieldBlack moreish beer with a chocolate, orangey, vanilla flavour coming through.
FernandesMalt EasyLight brown ale4.0WakefieldLight Brown beer with a malty biscuit flavour with a hint of honey from the malt. Medium hopped with American Centennial.
FernandesRedneckRed ale4.4WakefieldPale red ale hopped generously with American Centennial hops to give a nice fruity hoppy kick with hints of toffee
Five TownsAlways Crashing In the Same CarBelgian Tripel8.4WakefieldRhubarb infused tripel using orval yeast
Five TownsBaby BlueNZ Pale ale4.5WakefieldPale ale single hopped with Nelson Sauvin.
Five TownsLost HopeGolden ale4.4WakefieldGolden ale brewed with Chinook and Mosaic hops giving a pine and citrus finish
Five Towns / North Riding BrewpubMad MonkRussian Imperial Stout8.0WakefieldRussian Imperial stout
Hadrian BorderFarne IslandAmber bitter4.0Newcastle upon TyneAmber coloured bitter, blended malt & hops makes this well-rounded beer balanced & refreshing
Hadrian BorderGrainger AlePale ale4.6Newcastle upon TyneBrewed using a single malt, and hopped with a selection of three varieties giving a well-balanced finish. Very pale in appearance because of the Pale Ale Malt used.
Hadrian BorderSecret KingdomEnglish bitter4.3Newcastle upon TyneDark, rich and full-bodied slightly roasted with a malty palate ending with a pleasant bitterness.
Half MoonChinook IPAGolden IPA5.4Ellerton, YorkGolden IPA, double dry hopped with Chinook for big fruity flavours
Half MoonDark MasqueradeMild3.6Ellerton, YorkA rich ruby/brown ale which is packed with dark chocolate and liquorice flavours.
Half MoonOld ForgeAmber bitter3.8Ellerton, YorkBright amber coloured ale with a soft spiced lemon ​and honeyed flavour
Half MoonPort OutPorter4.6Ellerton, YorkA classic English porter, dark in colour and soft on the palate
KirkstallBlack Band PorterPorter5.5KirkstallA full bodied yet beautifully smooth dark porter. Perfectly balanced.
MarbleRioja Barrel Aged Old AleFunky old ale10.8Collyhurst, Manchester3 year old Rioja barrel aged English Old Ale inoculated with a blend of wild yeast and souring bacteria. A multi-layered malt profile provides rich dried fruit flavours with a subtle spicy, cherry, and oak character. Gentle balsamic acidity helps to cut
NeptuneHear the SirensImperial stout10.0MaghullLuscious, viscous Imperial Stout brewed by Neptune's Julie with writer Katie Mather
Neptune / Brass CastleCamulosCherry Dubbel6.9MaghullA rich slightly sweet malt forward beer with dark fruit and raison flavours leading to cherry notes on the finish
North RidingSticky Toffee PorterPorter7.4SnaintonBig robust porter using a double mash technique and demerara sugar. Full bodied and infused with toffee post fermentation. High level deserterati status!
North RidingVanilla Bourbon StoutStout6.0SnaintonRobust stout hopped with English Bramling hops & infused with vanilla & bourbon
OrigamiFolding by the FireLight stout6.0ManchesterLight stout with winter spice aroma
OssettYorkshire BlackFruity Porter4.6OssettBlack fruity porter. A tasty blackberry porter brewed with deep roasted malts giving a chocolate taste with a hint of coffee and hopped with traditional English hops & American Cascade hops. Hints of blackberry in the finish.
PhippsBlack StarBlack IPA4.8NorthamptonThe perfect marriage of our Ratliffe Stout malts to give deep dark colour and a smooth mellow chocolate flavour, allied to the hop selection from our vest selling Phipps IPA to give the classic pale ale hop nose and bite
PhippsGold StarGolden Ale5.2NorthamptonA strong export pale ale. This was the last new recipe developed by Phipps in the late ‘50s and the first local brew to be axed by Watneys as being far too good to go up against their keg varieties. We revived this beer to mark our return to brewing in No
Pomona Island / ElusiveIt's dangerous to go alone, take this with youSaison6.8Salford#MBCF20 Collaboration Brew. Fresh saison full of pink peppercorns & coriander seeds
RatRat In BlackStrong Mild4.5Huddersfield4 different malts combine to give a beer with burnt, coffee & chocolate malt character. Slightly sweet on the palate, but moderate bitterness & fruity/spicy aroma come from English grown Bramling Cross hops.
RiverheadRedbrook PremiumRed brown ale5.5MarsdenRed brown strong ale. Mellow yet robust, slightly sweet.
RunawayFarmhouse PaleSaison3.9ManchesterFarmhouse style table beer fermented with classic saison and Beaujolais yeasts for a refreshing, dry, mouthfeel with a fruity citrus flavour. Origianlly brewed with Beermoth for their 5th Birthday.
Steam MachineKolkataExport stout7.0Newton AycliffeEast India Export Stout
Steam MachineVoyagerOld ale6.5Newton AycliffeTrue Old Ale: a dark beer inspired by authentic historic recipes, matured for over a year on a mix of wild English yeasts, then blended with a young fresh beer, and then dry hopped with loose leaf amarillo in the wooden cask. Expect a rich mix of dark ber
TheakstonBest BitterEnglish bitter3.8MashamA fine, golden-coloured bitter with a full flavour that lingers on the palate. With a good bitter-sweet balance this beer has a robust hop character described as citrus and spicy. It's a refreshing and very satisfying pint, noted for the aroma of its Fugg
TheakstonBlack Bull BitterEnglish bitter3.9MashamA bright, amber Bitter, well attenuated to give a crisp, refreshingly dry taste. The late and dry hopping with Golding hops ensures a pronounced citrus fruit flavour and aroma.
TheakstonLightfootPale ale4.1MashamCreated as a tribute to the other Masham brewery Theakstons acquired in 1919. A refreshing pale beer - dry and light with a pronounced floral hop aroma and a mellow, satisfying hoppy aftertaste.
TheakstonOld PeculierOld ale5.6MashamOne of the world’s great beers – smooth, strong and mellow
TheakstonXBBest Bitter4.5MashamA premium strength beer with a rich, fruity taste to match. Ruby coloured, and expect a rich body and full flavour;. XB balances bitterness and sweetness, offsetting hoppy bitterness with fruitiness.
Three KingsBilly Mill AleSession bitter4.0North ShieldsClassic session bitter. A dash of Crystal malts and two additions of First Gold hops makes this light quaffable ale a delight to drink. Dry hopped with First Gold & Citra® hops.
Three KingsDarkSide of The ToonStout4.1North ShieldsA dry, dark, roast, bitter, creamy ale with hints coffee and chocolate. Medium body & mouthfeel from flaked & roasted barley. 45 IBU's from Challenger hops.
Three KingsSeven DaysPale ale4.0North ShieldsBrewed with Munich Malts and hopped with USA Willamette & UK Fuggles Hops.
Three KingsShield MaidenGolden bitter3.9North ShieldsGolden Bitter with Bramling Cross & First Gold Hops.
Three KingsShieldsmanSession bitter3.9North ShieldsEasy drinking session ale with medium bitterness and a hint of the tropics from Citra® hops.
TigertopsKolsch Style Beer. K. S. B.Golden bitter3.8WakefieldGolden, not as hoppy as Pacific Sun
TigertopsPacific SunKolsch pale5.0WakefieldKoppy pale beer with German Kolsch yeast
TreboomBaron SaturdayPorter5.2Shipton by BeningbroughDark and mysterious, the voodoo spirit Baron Saturday captured our imagination; this porter would be his preferred pint.

Brewed with a blend of five different malts it has hints of coffee, chocolate and liquorice
TreboomSpicecrackerSpiced ale5.1Shipton by BeningbroughRuby winter ale spiced with ginger cinnamon and allspice
Wild BeerFruitbooterRespberry & peppercorn saison5.1WestcombeRaspberries + Pink Peppercorns + Raspberries

A blast of fruitiness, this is a foudre-fermented and -aged, pink peppercorn saison topped up with an acid drop of select barrels before being packed to the brim with the ripest Somerset raspberries.

Wild BeerMurmurWine yeasts, hops + brut5.0Westcombefermented with an ale and 2 different wine yeasts and utilises hops with vinous notes to produce a complex, balanced beer


SPBWThe SPBW was founded on 6 December 1963 when seven disgruntled beer drinkers gathered in the Rising Sun in Epsom. Their concern was the growing decline in both quality and palatability of beer. This, they felt, was due to the increasing use of gas pressure and the introduction of keg beers.

They formed the SPBW with the purpose of drawing attention to their plight.

Why the name?

In 1963, wooden casks were still regarded as being synonymous with traditional beer, in contrast to the metal ones containing a processed and artificially carbonated product. For this reason the name seemed ideal. The SPBW’s main concern is the beer in the cask and that it be served as a quality product. Even though the use of metal casks for draught beer had become prevalent by the 1970s the original name has been retained for the sake of tradition.

The SPBW has settled down to a largely social body, seeking to promote the
best of beers and pubs. We have several hundred members and some 26
branches throughout the UK – and a very large chapter based around
Baltimore USA.

In recent years there has been something of a revival in the use of wood for
maturing and dispensing beer. SPBW support’s this trend and the traditional craft of the cooper.

SPBW have organized two ‘WoodFests’ featuring only beers served from the wood.

Learn more at