Top Tory club makes Manchester great again

A Conservative club has achieved a remarkable hat trick as it is judged Greater Manchester’s Club of the Year.

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Sharon and Nigel Porter receive the award from Regional Director Graham Donning

Flixton Conservative club at the corner of Chassen Road and Flixton Road is no stranger to awards, having been named top club by the local Trafford and Hulme Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch for a staggering five successive years. But despite a challenge from six of the best clubs across the region, an expert team of judges marked Flixton the Greater Manchester winner for the third year running.

Real Ale takes pride of place on the bar, with six handpumps dispensing a choice of beers. There are also two ciders or perry available.  Stewards Nigel and Sharon Porter have been encouraged by the club committee to promote beers from popular Greater Manchester breweries alongside beers from further afield. This spirit of adventure culminates on the last Friday of each month with a ‘Meet the Brewer’ event featuring ales from a specially-selected brewer. Continue reading “Top Tory club makes Manchester great again”

Haigh Hall’s Foodie fest set to be a winner with a German Beer Festival

A three-day Oktoberfest will run from September 29 to October 1, and will take place in a large marquee with a connecting Bavarian Biergarten next to the kitchen courtyard as part of the Haigh Hall Food Festival. Oktoberfest times are: Fri Sept 29 7pm to midnight (tickets only); Sat Sept 30, noon to 5.30pm (open…
Source: Wigan CAMRA News

Chorlton Challenge 2017

 

Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2017

The Chorlton Challenge is the annual survey of Chorlton’s 27 pubs and bars which serve cask ale – sadly one less than last year.

Spread over two days, the challenge is to visit all 28 pubs but if you can’t make the full weekend just drop in when you feel you can to support your local pubs. If you know the area then it may be a chance to visit pubs you don’t regularly go to.

All times approximate. If lost call 07802 555163 or 07879 880972

Click here for map of pub locations

 

Chorlton Challenge 2017

Friday 17th.November

1 The Lloyds 7pm
2 Spread Eagle 7.30pm
3 Bowling Green 8.15pm
4 Horse & Jockey 8.45pm
5 Trevor Arms 9.15pm
6 Lead Station 9.45pm
7 Elk 10.15pm
8 Parlour 10.45pm
9 Beech Inn 11.15pm

 

Saturday 18th. November

 

1 Spoon Inn 12midday
2 Strange Brew 12.30pm
3 Man Bites Frog 1.00pm
4 Duffy’s 1.30pm
5 Morley Cheeks 1.50pm
6 Sedge Lynn 2.30pm
7 Beagle 3.15pm
8 Royal Oak 3.45pm
9 Dulcimer 4.15pm
10 Electrik 4.45pm
11 Chorlton Tap 5.15pm
12 Oddest 5.45pm
13 SWMCC 7.00pm
14 Marble Beer House 7.45pm
15 Pi 8.30pm
16 Mary & Archie 9.15pm
17 Keg & Cask 10.00pm
18 Font 10.30pm

 

 

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Top prize for rail ale pub!

Wigan Central, the brainchild of the town’s Prospect Brewery has been impressing visitors since opening in the railway arch on Queen Street adjacent to Wigan North Western station in December 2014. It has now been named as the best pub in Greater Manchester by the Campaign for Real Ale. For more, see article in Wigan…
Source: Wigan CAMRA Pub News

Wigan Central leaves the rest in its tracks

Wigan Central
Wigan Central

A Wigan pub opened less than three years ago has been crowned Greater Manchester’s Pub of the Year.

Wigan Central, the brainchild of the town’s Prospect Brewery has been impressing visitors since opening in the railway arch on Queen Street  adjacent to Wigan North Western station in December 2014. Owners Patsy and John Slevin saw the opportunity to provide drinkers with a rail-themed watering hole. Its success has seen a doubling in size as well as increasing its offer to include seven real ales, four craft ciders and an astonishing selection of beers from the UK, Europe and beyond.

Recognised by the Wigan branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as its pub of the year, Wigan Central was pitted against eight other exceptional pubs nominated by other Greater Manchester branches. An expert team of volunteer judges drawn from the 9,000 members in the region visited unannounced and evaluated the qualities of each. They scored the pubs on a variety of weighted features including quality of welcome, value for money, community focus and – most importantly – the quality of beers and ciders. Continue reading “Wigan Central leaves the rest in its tracks”

Darwen Beer Ramble

19 August 2017

We meet at Great Ale at the Market at 11.40 to have a beer before catching the 12.13 bus to Darwen (No 1 bus, leaving from stand S), arriving in Darwen at 12.49. Some pubs we can visit are listed below. If anyone has a  have a favourite within walking distance not listed below then let us know on the day and we can visit it.

Old Chapel, Railway Road, BB3 2RG: a Wetherspoons pub with 8 changing beers. Previously was a Methodist Chapel

Taps Bar, 11 Railway Road, BB3 2RG: Cask ales plus craft beers from around the world

Bridgewater, 2-10 Church St. BB3 2RE: 3 regular cask ales from Bank Top and Thwaites plus 3 changing. 10% discount for CAMRA members

No39, 39-41 Bridge St., BB3 2AA: Hopstar brewery tap with 4 regular Hopstar and 1 changing

Victoria Hotel, 94 Suddell Road, BB3 3HW: Freehouse with 2 changing cask ales (often Hopstar)

If anyone is thinking of joining us in Darwen please call me and for information about where we are;

Gill 07967 585670

Source: Bolton CAMRA Events & News

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

You probably know the Greater Manchester branches of CAMRA organise the magnificent Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and have done so since its inception four years ago. We have now found our new (and hopefully permanent) home in the centre of Manchester in the Manchester Central Convention centre – which you may know better as G-Mex – and are already planning for the 2018 (24th – 27th January) and the 2019 (23rd – 26th January) events. 

While we have an excellent Organising Committee, there is always room for new blood and new and different skills. We want to give more members the opportunity to get involved in the festival and want to assure every CAMRA member in the region that we are by no means a closed shop.
Can you help?
Professional qualifications that would make our event better:
  • Do you hold a Security Industry Authority badge – or would you like to be trained to get an SIA badge? We have paid for several members to gain such qualifications that some have then used to gain a new form of employment or enhance their own employment opportunities.
  • Are you already, or have been, employed in the pub or brewing industry?
  • Do you have design skills?
  • Event Management skills?
  • Organisational skills?
  • Or are you just willing to get involved to ensure that our event becomes better and better every year?

     

Beer knowledge – if you have visited the event as a customer you will be aware of how big the event has become and how modern the event has become. 
Are you interested in craft beer? We now sell craft beer in both keykeg and cask form. 
We also research and purchase foreign beers from all over Europe. 
Have you an interest in Cider and Perry? Mead? Fruit wines – then yes, we have bars that sell these.  You could help us source and sell them.
Customer care and ‘back room’ skills:
Do you have customer care skills? Interface well with the public?  Or are you a “back room” person? We have opportunities for anybody who wishes to stay in the background whether during or before the event.
  • We need help in designing posters, website work, designing beer mats, thinking up a logo, ordering polo and T shirts for sale.
  • Are you interested in food? You could organise the food for the Volunteers from a local hostelry? Or organise many other things?
  • You could get involved with selling VIP packages?
  • You could meet and greet people coming to the event?
  • You could help to serve beers to customers who have paid for tasting sessions?
  • Know your way around websites and coding, or systems automation?  We need you.
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for all aspects of the festival, both before and during it.


Many of you will have skills from your working life that we could use in the organisation of the event or during the event itself.  To reassure you, many jobs in these days of electronic communications and the good old fashioned phone don’t involve a lot of time at meetings, so perhaps you could think of offering us a little of your time and helping the campaign at the same time? We’re also keen to recruit deputies – so you could work alongside more experienced members to get a feel of festival organisation.

It’s not all one way
There are benefits to helping organise a beer festival…
  • We reward all participants with free beer (or cider).
  • Free Volunteers T-shirt.
  • Commemorative Polo pr T-shirt at cost price
  • Free food during set up and take down.
  • Organised nights out during set up.
  • Some travel and accommodation benefits.
  • A volunteer party with food, drink and awards.
  • The pride you’ll feel of putting on a nationally-recognised event that attracts more than 13,500 visitors and serves over 62,00o pints.
I promise you that you’ll be very welcome and you’ll make new friends for sure. You can do as little or much as you feel able.  If this is for you, or you want to know more, just drop me an email or ring me at the number below, or go to 
  Graham Donning
Festival Organiser

Source: Bolton CAMRA Events & News