"Official unofficial" best beer in Salford competition

The “Official unofficial” best beer in Salford competition took place at the recent Eccles RFC Beer & Gin Festival on 17, 18 19 August 2018.

Here are the results as supplied by Martin Parkinson:

  • The beer was split into 4 categories; Pale Ale & Golden Ale, Bitter, Best Bitter & IPA, and Speciality Beers.
  • The winner of each category would then go forward to a final judging panel to find the Best Beer of Salford.
  • Dark Beers are to be judged next year during Winter Months.
  • Four breweries supplied a beer in each category. One brewer did not have a beer which fell into the Speciality category and therefore only supplied 3.
  • During the first stage of judging, i.e. for best beer in each category, all beers were tasted by 4 judges.
  • For the final round of judging, i.e. best overall beer, all beers were tasted by 6 judges.
  • Judging panels were made up of Eccles RFC club members & CAMRA members.
  • Beers were scored out of 10 for: clarity, smell, conditioning, taste 1 & taste 2.

Category Results:

Pale Ale & Golden Ale:

Winner – Pale by Pomona Island

Runner Up – Session by Seven Bro7hers.


Winner – 1863 by Hydes,

Runner Up – Red by Outstanding.

Best Bitter & IPA:

Winner – IPA by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – IPA by Outstanding

Speciality Beer:

Winner – Peach by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – Witbier by Outstanding

Overall Best Beer of Salford Results:

Winner – IPA by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – Peach by Seven Bro7hers

Customers Choice:

  • Going by volume sales of all the beers, Seven Bro7hers brewery were a clear winner with the highest volume of sales – not difficult when you consider they had a winner or runner up in 3 of the 4 categories.
  • Joint second place on volume sales were First Chop Brewery & Pomona Island Brewery – I have put them joint as they were within a gallon of each other and the recorded figures were subject to my reading of the dip stick, with a shaky hand and sore head.

A very interesting exercise to say the least.

Thanks to the CAMRA members who took part in the judging.

Eccles RFC open this Saturday

We still have a bit of beer to get rid of, including category winners & runners up. All the beer has been kept under good cellar conditions with casks sealed since Sunday.

As we have a game at home, Eccles Rugby Club will be open Saturday 25th from 13:00 till early evening. Anyone wishing to come and help mop up the surplus are more than welcome. Beer prices will also be reduced from festival prices.

Source: Salford Branch News

Eccles RFC Beer & Gin Festival – 17, 18 19 August 2018

This festival is running over three days – Friday, Saturday & Sunday. There will be twenty beers, six ciders and ten gins, as well as hot food, live music and rugby. There is also a competition between the five Salford breweries – “The official, unofficial best beer in Salford”. Entry is only £3 each day or a reduced rate of £2 for club and CAMRA members.

Source: Salford Branch News

Club of the year award

On Wednesday 9 May we presented Ken Bailey (Steward), Mike Kearns (Secretary) and James E Cropper (Bar staff) of The Royal British Legion, Boothstown, with our Club of the year award for 2018.

The Royal British Legion, which opened in 1947, has been turned around from nearly being closed ten years ago, to a welcoming, cosy club with various rooms, two snooker tables, dart boards, a lovely outside area and even a gin bar!

The club hosts a beer festival on the weekend following remembrance Sunday.

The photo shows (left to right): James, Mike and Ken with Salford & District branch Vice-chair and Clubs Officer Ian Massey. Photo credit: Stewart Revell

Source: Salford Branch News