Beer Festivals

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.

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Mark Dade receives the award from Heather Airlie
 

The Beer of the Festival for Chorlton Beer Festival 2011 as voted for by the festival visitors, was Rum Porter from Newton Heath's Boggart Hole Clough Brewery. The award was presented to brewer Mark Dade after an interesting and entertaining visit to the brewery. No new-comer to accolades, Mark has already won 16 similar awards for the classic smooth porter with added rum, including Beer of the Festival at Leeds and Peterborough.

The day was completed by a few beers and a buffet at the Micro Bar in the Arndale Market Hall, the Boggart tap.

Bollington Stout ClementThe 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.

Bootleg Stout ClementVisitors 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.

CIDER

 ABV
NOTES

DRY

  
Biddenden Bushels 6.00% 
Hartlands Islay Malt Cask Smokey7.50%Whisky Cask
New Forest Kingston Black7.00%Single Variety
Tardebrigge6.50% 
Virtual Orchard Hardcore6.50%Gold
   

MEDIUM

  
Gwatkins Kingston Black 7.50%Single Variety
Gwatkins Stoke Red7.50%Single Variety
Hecks Port Wine Of Glastonbury6.50%Single Variety
Ralphs7.50% 
Rathays Red Donkey6.00% 
Sandford Orchards6.00% 
Winkleigh Sams6.00% 
Gwatkins Yarlington Mill Rum Cask 7.50%Rum
   

SWEET

  
Broadoak Moonshine 7.50% 
Broadoak Old Bristolian 7.50% 
Carey Organic6.00%Certified Organic
Countryman6.50% 
Double Vision 7.40% 
Gregg's Pit Brown/Kingston Black & Sweet Coppin7.50% 
Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon7.30%Silver
Hartland6.00%Bronze
Mad Hatter Nine Holes6.70%Made In Stockport
Mad Hatter Sunny Bank7.30%Made In Stockport
Springherne6.50% 
   

PERRY

   

DRY

  
Hecks Blakney Red6.50%Single Variety
   

MEDIUM

  
Olivers6.50%Joint Bronze
Ralphs 6.00%Joint Bronze
Rathays Painted Lady5.00%Gold
Rathays Sutton St Nicholas6.40% 
Springherne6.30% 
   

SWEET

  
Broadoak 7.50% 
Double Vision Impeared Vision 7.40% 
Gwynt y Ddraig  Malvern Hills7.00% 
Gwyny y Ddraig Two Trees4.50%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.

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