Trafford & Hulme CAMRA currently organise the Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival in conjunction with St Clement's Church, Chorlton
The festival offers visitors the opportunity to sample a much wider selection of real ales than you could do at even the best pub. All Trafford & Hulme festivals also feature a range of traditional cider & perries.
The eight Greater Manchester branches of CAMRA join together to organise the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, the innaugaural festival being arranged for January 2014 at the iconic Manchester Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre.
In addition, many members of the branch volunteer at other CAMRA festivals including the The Great British Beer Festival.
All CAMRA festivals rely on the efforts of CAMRA volunteers to run. Volunteering to work at beer festivals is great fun and an excellent way to make new friends.
The 7th Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival once again saw drinkers descend on St Clements Church in their thousands, drinking the festival dry 45 minutes before planned closing on Saturday night.
Organisers ordered 20% more beer, cider & perry than in 2010 but even torrential rain on opening night, Friday 8th July, could not drive the Chorlton community away. Over 3000 pints of ale & 800 of traditional cider & perry were sold on Friday alone, at a rate of almost 15 pints a minute.
Visitors had the choice of 40 locally brewed beers from the CAMRA LocAle bar plus a further 22 sourced from outside of the local area on the second bar opposite. The LocAle selection included festival specials "Clement Summer" from Macclesfield's Bollington Brewery and "STout CLEMENT", brewed by the Bootleg Brewing Company just 200m down St Clements Road at The Horse & Jockey pub.
After last year's sell out, this year's Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival will have 20% more cask ale than last year.
These will be split over two bars. The LocAle bar will feature beers from local breweries, while the "FarAle" bar will feature some of the best breweries from the 700 in the rest of the UK. For the first time at Chorlton, some beers will be served via handpump, with the rest served by gravity.
The list of beers delivered to the festival is given below.
We cannot guarantee the availability of any particular beer at any given time.
Here's the provisional list of cider & perries for this year's festival.
|Hartlands Islay Malt Cask Smokey||7.50%||Whisky Cask|
|New Forest Kingston Black||7.00%||Single Variety|
|Virtual Orchard Hardcore||6.50%||Gold|
|Gwatkins Kingston Black||7.50%||Single Variety|
|Gwatkins Stoke Red||7.50%||Single Variety|
|Hecks Port Wine Of Glastonbury||6.50%||Single Variety|
|Rathays Red Donkey||6.00%|
|Gwatkins Yarlington Mill Rum Cask||7.50%||Rum|
|Broadoak Old Bristolian||7.50%|
|Carey Organic||6.00%||Certified Organic|
|Gregg's Pit Brown/Kingston Black & Sweet Coppin||7.50%|
|Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon||7.30%||Silver|
|Mad Hatter Nine Holes||6.70%||Made In Stockport|
|Mad Hatter Sunny Bank||7.30%||Made In Stockport|
|Hecks Blakney Red||6.50%||Single Variety|
|Rathays Painted Lady||5.00%||Gold|
|Rathays Sutton St Nicholas||6.40%|
|Double Vision Impeared Vision||7.40%|
|Gwynt y Ddraig Malvern Hills||7.00%|
|Gwyny y Ddraig Two Trees||4.50%||Silver|
|Note. List is preliminary. Final range available will depend on actual deliveries. Cider & Perry at the Festival might differ to this in strength and taste.|
Beer list to follow shortly.
The 12th Chorlton Beer and Cider Festival will be held on 7th, 8th & 9th July 2016 at St Clement's Church on Edge Lane in Chorlton-cum-Hardy.
Run in conjunction with St Clements, the festival began in 2005 to raise funds for the repair of the church buildings, but has grown to become a firm fixture in the Chorlton social calendar and the branch's premier festival. The festival continues to raise funds for the upkeep of the church complex which offers a wide range of meeting places serving the Chorlton community.
The festival takes place in the buildings and grounds of the Church. 2016 will see the addition of a third cask ale bar and a new bar selling key-keg conditioned beers. Expect 100+ beer plus one of Manchester's largest cider & perry bars with over 50 traditional ciders & perries and the World Beers bar with a great range of bottled beers.
There's live music in the grounds and a range of quality street food available at each session.
For more info see www.chorltonbeerfestival.org.uk
In March 2011 Trafford & Hulme CAMRA joined with Manchester Museum Of Science & Industry (MOSI) to organise the First MOSI Real Ale Festival which was followed by a successful second festival in March 2012.
For 2013, the festival has moved to September. The Third MOSI Real Ale & Cider Festival will take place from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th September 2013.