New Brew2You APP

CAMRA has launched the “Brew2You” APP for Apple and Google Android devices 

https://brew2you.co.uk/

Brew2You was created by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) to support pubs and breweries during a time where trade is low and to help reduce wastage of beer.

The APP is a one stop shop allowing you to search, order and pay for ale in one place

Our aim is to bring people and great beer from great local businesses together.


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Representatives needed for Flixton Neighbourhood Forum

A neighbourhood plan is being prepared for the Flixton area https://www.trafford.gov.uk/planning/strategic-planning/Development-Plan/neighbourhood-planning.aspx This link enables access to information on the boundary of the designated and the rationale for the plan.

A neighbourhood plan is prepared by local people to influence future planning decisions. Once approved, it is taken account by the local planning authority when making decisions on planning applications. The key issue to be addressed in this plan will be the allocation of land for housing development and its impact on the greenbelt. However, a key concern for CAMRA will be any policies that support or detract from the provision of local facilities, including pubs. Certainly any proposals to see pubs and/or pub car parks allocated for housing redevelopment need to be strongly resisted.

Altrincham already has an approved neighbourhood plan for Altrincham town centre. This sets out a future vision for the area, as well as including policies that support the provision of local facilities, including public houses. Tim Field, Trafford & Hulme’s pub protection officer was able to join the forum set up to prepare this plan but will be unable to play a similar role in preparing the Flixton plan as membership is restricted to local residents and/or those working in the designated area (which includes Trafford General Hospital).

If any Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Branch members living or working in the area would be willing to become a representative on the Flixton neighbourhood Forum, Tim would be willing to provide advice and support for you in that role. Please let me know as soon as possible as to whether you would be interested in joining the forum and we can approach its convenor, Paul Ashworth.

Regards

George Elmslie – Branch Chair

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COVID-19 Pulling Together

COVID-19 has temporarily robbed us of our pubs and inns but some of our entrepreneurial local pubs and bars are keeping the beer and cider coming by offering low contact take out and delivery services. You can help support your favourite local business during this time of crisis, whilst adhering to the Government advice on social distancing measures. As the odd shape of the Branch Boundries means the nearest outlet may be in a neigbouring branch, I have included a link to the Greater Manchester page which listing all outlets in the Region:-

https://greatermanchester.camra.org.uk/pulling-together/ 


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Beer Quality Accreditation Scheme – 2019-20

PosterTrafford & Hulme branch is one of several CAMRA branches participating a a trial of a Beer Quality Accreditation Scheme. Recognizing pubs consistently selling well-kept real ales is an important aspect of CAMRA’s campaigning to improve beer quality at the point of dispense and this new accreditation scheme is a means of recognizing quality. Pubs that gain accreditation can publicise the fact, including the display of the attached window sticker. The award is made based on scores entered into the National Beer Scoring Scheme by CAMRA members. CAMRA memberes are encouraged to score all real ale, cider and perry that they drink. For more information on this see the Beer Scoring page. 

The following pubs and clubs within the branch have currentlt achieved the requied standard and been awarded this accreditation. The scores will be reviewed on an regular basis, and additional pubs who attain the required standard will be added to the list.

 

  

Assembly (Urmston) 
Barking Dog (Urmston)
Beech Inn (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Beer House (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Carters Arms (Sale)
Cheshire Tap (Altrincham)
Chorlton Tap (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Church Inn (Flixton)
Costello’s Bar (Altrincham)
Dulcimer (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Elektric (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Flixton Conservative Club (Urmston)
Font (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Hillary Step (Whalley Range)
J P Joule (Sale)
Jack In The Box (Altrincham)
Lord Nelson (Urmston)
Old Packet House (Altrincham)
Pi (Altrincham)
Prairie Schooner Taphouse (Urmston)
Sedge Lynn (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Strange Brew (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Tim Bobbin (Urmston)
Unicorn (Altrincham)


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Beer Buzz issue 4 out now

Beer Buzz SEP2019 Cover

The new issue of Beer Buzz is now available to download from beerbuzz.beer

Print copies will begin to appear in pubs across Manchester, Salford & Trafford from 25th September but online readers can read it now.

The largest ever issue at 44 pages includes the usual range of news on our local pubs and breweries along with a range of special features and interviews.

We talk to Nicky Kong, landlady of Manchester’s Crown and Kettle and to Oli Turton, head brewer and owner of Squawk Brewing Co.

We celebrate one of Manchester’s historic pubs, The Unicorn, being given grade 2 listed status but also look at how our local councils plans are failing our much loved pubs. There’s also an indepth feature on how just two big city deals could affect over 7000 pubs.

Beer Buzz is produced by Trafford & Hulme CAMRA along with our neighbours in Central Manchester and Salford branches.

beerbuzz.beer/download/


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Greater Manchester Club Of The Year stays in T&H

Trafford and Hulme Branch are really pleased to be able to confirm that The Greater Manchester Club Of The Year 2019 is the our own Club Of The Year – Flixton Conservative Club.

Although this is the fifth consecutive year that the club has won the Greater Manchester title, it is the first under new Stewards Pat and Andrea Doherty who took over in March and have maintained the high standards set by their predecessors Nigel and Sharon Porter.

Flixton Conservative Club Team
Pat and Andrea (centre) flanked by Flixton Conservative Club cellar team Chas and Tom receiving their Trafford & Hulme Branch Club Of The Year award

Nigel and Sharon left the club in November 2018 after six years at the helm but left behind a team passionate about serving high quality cask ale. Cellar team Tom, Chas and Hayley kept the beer flowing while the club recruited new stewards.

Pat and Andrea have reinstated the club’s successful “Brewery Nights” (monthly tap takeover and meet the brewer nights which pack out the club’s function room) as well as introducing a range of new events including a fortnightly Open Mic night, curry nights and expanding the live music offering.

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Club Of The Year 2019

Greater Manchester CAMRA is pleased to announce the result of the 2019 Regional Club Of The Year Competition.

The Greater Manchester Club Of The Year 2019 is the Flixton Conservative Club on Flixton Road between Urmston and Flixton in Trafford.

Although this is the fifth consecutive year that the club has won the Greater Manchester title, it is the first under new Stewards Pat and Andrea Doherty who took over in March and have maintained the high standards set by their predecessors Nigel and Sharon Porter.

Flixton Conservative Club Team
Pat and Andrea (centre) flanked by Flixton Conservative Club cellar team Chaz and Tom receiving their Trafford & Hulme Branch Club Of The Year award

Nigel and Sharon left the club in November 2018 after six years at the helm but left behind a team passionate about serving high quality cask ale. Cellar team Tom, Chas and Hayley kept the beer flowing while the club recruited new stewards.

Pat and Andrea have reinstated the club’s successful “Brewery Nights” (monthly tap takeover and meet the brewer nights which pack out the club’s function room) as well as introducing a range of new events including a fortnightly Open Mic night, curry nights and expanding the live music offering.

Runner up in the Greater Manchester competition was Dobcross Band Social Club in Dobcross, Saddleworth.

Six of the nine branches of CAMRA in Greater Manchester selected a Club Of The Year each of which were visited by a team of judges from across the region.

The finalists were:

  • Ukrainian Club (Bolton Branch)
  • Dobcross Band Club (Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Branch)
  • Boothstown Royal British Legion (Salford & District Branch)
  • Moor Club (Stockport and South Manchester Branch)
  • Flixton Conservative Club (Trafford & Hulme Branch)
  • Standish Unity Club (Wigan Branch)

Flixton Conservative Club will now go forward into the 2020 National Club of The Year competition, seeking to reclaim the National Club Of The Year title they won in 2018.

Beer Buzz Issue 2 Out Now

Beer Buzz Issue 2 Cover

The April to June 2019 of Beer Buzz magazine is now going out around pubs and bars across the branch area.

Featuried articles include a tour of Urmston and the genesis of Manchester Union Brewery, alongside loads of pub and brewery news from across Trafford, Manchester & Salford.

If you can’t wait to read it, it can be downloaded from 

www.beerbuzz.beer/download

 

The Beer Buzz EXTRA part of the website also includes extended versions of articles and news which there wasn’t room for in the print edition.

www.beerbuzz.beer/EXTRA


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East Lancs Micropub Tour – September 2018

In September, a small posse of unlikely lads from Trafford & Hulme CAMRA branch set off from Manchester on the WitchWay bus to explore East Lancashire’s growing offer of micropubs. 

The Merry Band

Carefully synchronized to avoid the hoards descending upon Turf Moor for the Burnley v Bournemouth match, we arrived in Burnley just after 3pm and headed for New Brew- M. Disaster loomed when the expedition leader found the doors locked to the bar he’d only visited a few weeks previously. However, panic over when it was discovered that New Brew-M had just moved across the road to larger premises. The popular town centre micro is an outlet for the town’s Reedley Hallows brewery and the Pendleside and New Laud Dark were sampled, the former going down particularly well. The bar normally has a guest ale and also on offer was beer from Offilers Brewery in Derby.

Re-joining the excellent and regular X43 (group day-riders come at a value for money £19 for up to 5 people), we headed up to Colne where three micropubs are huddled together in a row. 

Three Micropubs

First up was the Tapsters Promise and a broad range was on offer here with Rammy Craft Trung Viet Coffee Stout possibly the pick of the bunch. Also sampled were Beer Brothers Session IPA and Wishbone Night Star Key Keg, the latter evidencing the trend for micropubs to be open to mixing cask and keg. This aptly provides the name of the third bar in the line Cask n’ Keg, where we had Theakston’s Barista keg stout and another offering from Reedley Hallows – Old Lawns Bitter. Squeezed in between was Boyce’s Bar

The Bar 

 where some found the beer slightly off form from a normally high standard. Upham’s Punter and Bosum’s Mocha Stout were tried here.

Following a traditional back street chippy tea, we started our journey back alighting in Haslingden to squeeze into the very popular and crowded Hop. . The group went for a variety of brews here including Half Moon’s F’Hops Sake, Brewsmith Bitter, Deeply Vale Hop Ale and Acorn Wolf IPA. This was followed by a short walk up to the equally popular brewpub Northern Whisper

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where there was a generally lukewarm reception from our ranks for Yammerhouse, Soft Mick, Small Talk and Blighty. Our final pitstop was an enjoyable one at Casked

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a ‘steamed-up’ micro where the beer was in good form including Irwell Valley’s Breadcrumbs and also Marshmallow Unicorn Milk Stout, and Brewsmiths IPA.

After a scrum to get to Casked’s sole loo, the intrepid crew sailed happily home on the X43 with worries that one of the branch’s stalwarts had hit the canned cider!

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Rest assured, it was only a bout of public-spirited litter picking duty.

It was an enjoyable day where we sampled a good range of micropubs proving that not all of the latest beer trends are the preserve of the big cities, nor are the cities the only places to sample good ale. Thank you East Lancs for your hospitality. We shall return.

Tim Field – T&H CAMRA


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