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Listed below are the cask ales ordered for Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival 2012.

There will be approximately 20% more beer available than in 2011 so we expect to maintain a good range through to Saturday evening.

Style guides and tasting notes will be available closer to the date of the festival - please check back later.

Except where indicated below, we will endeavour to have all beers available at opening, but we cannot guarantee that any particular beer will be available at any particular section.  

Beer Style ABV
Beartown (Congleton, Cheshire)
Bearly Literate GA 4.5%
Golden pale ale. Floral scented and packed with the flavours of summer fruits and lemon, ending with a smooth dryness.
Ginger Bear Sp 4.0%
The flavours from the malt and hops blend with the added bite from the root ginger to produce a superbly quenching blonde ale.
BlackJack (Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Blackjack Stout S 5.0%
A fairly bitter stout with a spicy/chocolate hint from Manchester's newest commercial brewery based just outside of the city centre.
First Deal BB 4.4%
A ruby bitter with a nicely balanced malt/ hoppiness with spicy/blackcurrent overtones.
Shuffled Deck GA 3.8%
A light and pleasantly hoppy pale ale with slight orange/ grapefruit overtones
Bollington (Bollington, Cheshire)
Bollington Nights (Sat) M 3.9%
Award winning smooth traditional dark ale with a light flavour and aroma, but a definite bitterness, not too heavy.
Long Hop GA 3.9%
A summer cricket beer. Pale refreshing beer with summer fruity hops.
Oatmeal Stout S 5.0%
Award winning Oatmeal Stout with a twist. A hoppy bitter taste keeps the sweetness in check and allows for a great dark beer
Bootleg (Chorlton, Manchester)
Chorlton Pale Ale (Sat) B 4.0%
House beer at The Horse & Jockey. Highly quaffable and just the right strength to stick with all night, brewster Erin Guy describes it as 'a refreshing blonde beer with a hint of citrus and a long dry finish'
Coffee Stout S 4.0%
Originally brewed for Stockport Beer Festival 2012. A smooth drinking stout with added coffee.
Parish'D (Festival Beer) BB 5.0%
Brewed especially for the festival and celebrating 500 years of the Church in Chorlton. A hoppy India Pale Ale with pronounced citrus flavours and a dry finish.
Brightside (Bury, Bury)
Brightside Best Bitter BB 4.3%
A deliberately traditional English Best bitter with no real surprises. A blend of five hops give a slightly more bitter flavour than you might expect from a “Best Bitter”, while still resulting in a well balanced beer. Not too hoppy on the nose.
Odin (Sat) GA 3.8%
A very pale blonde ale with a fair whack of wheat. European Noble hops form the basis with three fruity American varieties added late. The late hops to come through clearly in the taste and aroma. A slight wheat haze takes the edge off the usual clarity. Refreshing and light bodied but not thin.
Coach House (Warrington, Cheshire)
Banoffee (Sat) Sp 4.2%
A chestnut coloured bitter smooth and slightly sweet and the distinctive flavour of Bananas and Toffee
Gunpowder Strong Mild M 3.8%
Very dark, with a full flavour and slightly bitter aftertaste. It has a fullness, which as its name suggests lets you know it's there.
Passion Fruit Sp 5.0%
Very pale with light delicate bitterness & the natural flavour of passion fruit
Coniston (Coniston, Cumbria)
Bluebird Bitter (Sat) B 3.6%
Quite simply, a wonderful beer. It is exceedingly pale, with just a hint of colour in its cheeks from a dash of crystal malt. It has massive orange fruit aroma from the Challengers, balanced by biscuity malt.
Old Man Ale BB 4.2%
A radically different beer... roast barley is added to pale and crystal malts. A deep burnished copper colour, a rich port wine aroma, a big chocolate and creamy malt palate and a dry, grainy, roasty finish balanced by hop bitterness and tart fruit.
Thurstein Pilsner Sp 4.8%
Pilsner Style, top fermented Lager with 100% Hallertau Hersbrucker leaf hops from S Germany. Matured for over 30 days. Thurstein was the name given to Coniston Water by Norse settlers in the Dark Ages.
Dunham Massey (Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester)
Chocolate Cherry Mild M (Sp) 3.8%
Chocolate Cherry Mild has all the class of Dunham's traditional dark mild, with a dry hint of cherry that cuts through the beer.
Dunham Porter (Sat) P 5.2%
A classic old style English porter. Dark, creamy, full bodied and packed with flavour.
Summer Meadow GA 4.3%
A light, hoppy, Summer ale, with a hint of citrus and blackcurrant.
Electrik Ale Experiment / Happy Valley (Bollington, Cheshire)
Bright Spark GA 3.7%
Brewed exclusively for Chorlton's Electrik bar at Happy Valley brewery. A pale coloured ale brewed with best quality Maris Otter Malt. Initial bitterness is followed by grapefruit and citrus overtones achieved by late aroma hopping in the copper with Hersbrucker and Bravo aroma hops.
English Outlaw Ales (Manchester, Manchester)
Jamie's Busted Cherry BB (Sp) 4.4%
A rich and hoppy mid-coloured ale. Sharp cherry notes offset with a mellow vanilla finish.
George Wright (St Helens, Merseyside)
Drunken Duck GA 3.9%
Bitter ale, straw coloured with wonderful citrus tasted and a dry finish
Hallertau GA 4.1%
Singled hopped with Hallertau, a New Zealand Hop - Vanilla, Floral and Lime in taste
Greenfield (Greenfield, Greater Manchester)
Hop Four One GA 4.1%
Uses only High Alpha hops delivering a premium taste. Sweet lemon and tropical fruit aroma. Initial flavours are surprisingly malty for a pale beer with expected robust hoppy flavour and bitterness.
Summer Ice GA 4.2%
Brewed especially for summer, enjoy a pint as the sun goes down. Pale golden bitter with a slight sweet aftertaste.
Happy Valley (Bollington, Cheshire)
Dangerously Dark BB 5.6%
Loads of roast barley and chocolate Malt. It has bags of North American aroma hops,making this a very flavoursome ale.
Five Rings GA 4.0%
Pale Ale with a crisp,clean finish. It has three aroma hops,Summit,Columbus and Cascade.Great Summer session Ale.
Hardknott (Millom, Cumbria)
Continuum B 4.0%
Citrus and dark berries on the nose with lots of lemon and blackcurrant flavours with a large and long lasting bitter finish.
Katalyst GA 3.8%
Pale refreshing juicy asparagus nose with a summer salad crispness to the middle. Celery and nuts give way to refreshing bite at the end. Perfect with salads.
Hawkshead (Stavely, Cumbria)
Brodies Prime P 4.9%
A dark premium beer, taking you by surprise. It is not what it looks like. It is rich and malty with a roasted edge, but then comes the spiciness and fruit: from a medley of English and American hops. Beware it drinks a lot lighter than it is.
Lakeland Gold (Sat) GA 4.4%
Golden Ale. Hoppy and uncompromisingly bitter with complex fruit flavours from the blending of a modern English hop, First Gold, with the American hop, Cascade.
USPA GA 6.0%
A highly hopped, modern pale ale using all-American hops: Cascade, Simcoe and Colombus. Hugely fruity on the nose with added aroma from dry-hopping, more juicy tropical fruit on the palate, balanced with a citrus bitterness.
Kirkstall (Leeds, West Yorkshire)
Black Band Porter P 5.5%
A full bodied yet beautifully smooth dark porter. Perfectly balanced.
Dissolution IPA BB 5.0%
Delicious amber ale with a substantial hop kick.
Liverpool Organic (Liverpool, Merseyside)
Cambrinus Deliverance BB 4.2%
A Pale Gold Beer with a Sharp, Hoppy Taste
Higson's Stout S 4.3%
A tradional stout with notes of coffee and a warm spicy finish.
Magic Rock (Oakes, Yorkshire)
Curious GA 3.9%
Pale in colour using plenty of US hops to give the beer a floral/grassy aroma and lip smacking citrus flavours which combine with a defined malty character to make a magically moreish and quenching beer.
Dark Arts S 6.0%
A decadently deep and indulgent experience. A luxuriously smooth mouthfeel, followed by spicy hop notes and full flavours of chocolate, liquorice, blackberries and figs. The finish is rich and satisfying with a lingering roasted bitterness
Mallinson's (Huddersfield, Yorkshire)
Nelson Sauvin (Sat) GA 3.8%
A golden coloured ale, with a lovely citrusy grapefruit nose, a hoppy citrus taste followed by a similar finish.
Stadium Bitter B 3.8%
Straw coloured with a strong hop aroma, clean bitter taste and dry fruity finish.
Marble (Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Chocolate (Sat) S 5.5%
Dark brown in colour, caramel and roast malt aroma. Bitter chocolate and some raspberry notes in the taste, before a dry, bitter finish.
Ginger Sp 4.5%
Ginger IS the dominant flavour. Developing dryness with mixed spices & lemony/citrus element. Finish of hoppy dryness, long after taste with a kick of fresh root ginger & slight sweetness
Manchester Bitter B 4.2%
Pale straw colour beer, floral hoppy to the nose with a fresh fruity taste, progressing to a pleasant bittersweet finish.
Millstone (Mossley, Greater Manchester)
Tiger Rut GA 4.0%
A very pale and hoppy ale. Brewed using only the Chinook hop, mellow bitters make way for a distinctive citrus aroma.
True Grit BB 5.0%
A very pale and hoppy strong ale. Well hopped using only Chinook hops; the mellow bitters make way for a distinctive citrus/grapefruit aroma
Nook Brewhouse (Holmfirth, West Yorkshire)
Nook'y Brown Ale BB 4.9%
A cheeky dark brown ale. medium bodied, yet full flavoured.
Summer Bitter B 3.9%
Pale and light, this session ale is what you want on a summer's day with its well balanced hoppiness and crisp palate
Northern (Northwich, Cheshire)
Oddest B 3.9%
Brewed exclusively for Chorlton's Oddest bar. Pale & bitter with a citrus finish derived from the use of Citra aroma hops.
Soul Rider (Sat) GA 4.0%
Pale, dry & refreshing. Light, floral hop aroma. Fresh tasting beer with a hint of apple. Dry hops come through in the finish.
Offbeat (Crewe, Cheshire)
Out Of Step IPA (Sat) GA 5.8%
Spark your tastebuds into life with the perfect balance between malt and hops in this American style IPA. Generously hopped with abundant citrus flavours, leading to a dry bitter finish.
Outlandish Pale GA 3.9%
It's zany, not your average session beer drinking above it's strength. The Outlandish Pale takes your palate to the extreme with a burst of lemony hoppiness.
Raspberry Way Out Wheat Sp 4.5%
Cloudy wheat beer with sweet orange peel and coriander given an extra Offbeat twist with raspberry in the cask.
Okells (Kewaigue, Isle of Man)
Alt B (Sp) 5.0%
Brewed in true Altbier manner, a burnished copper colour, a cooler fermentation and 2 weeks cold storage leading to a crisp elegant fresh flavour, with hints of gooseberry and citrus, made with New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops
IPA (Sat) GA 4.5%
An extremely light coloured beer with a surprising full bodied taste. The sweetness is offset by strong hopping rate giving the finished beer an over all roundness with spicy lemony notes and a fine dry finish to balance the initial sweetness
Summer Storm Sp 4.2%
A light coloured, refreshing Summer wheat beer. A distinct aroma of vanilla with an initial burst of sweetness complimented by a subtle banana flavour and a hint of lemon followed by a complex dry finish which says "Get me another".
Otley (Cilfynydd, Pontypridd)
Thai bO GA (Sp) 4.6%
Clear wheat beer. Flavours of Lemongrass, Life Leaf and Galangal. Lightly hopped to finish.
Outstanding (Bury, Greater Manchester)
Aniseed Stout S 4.3%
A special one off experimental brew, only 9 casks of this beer were made. Just what it says - a smooth dark stout with hints of aniseed.
Dulcimer Blonde On Blonde B 4.5%
House beer at Chorlton's Dulcimer Bar. Pale and lightly bittered with citrus flavours and a floral nose.
Selling Out GA 3.9%
Pale, smooth & fruity
Quantum (Stockport, Greater Manchester)
Pale Ale B 4.5%
Pale malt and wheat malt give the base for the freshest hops we have in the brewery at the time – and we use LOTS of hops in this beer.
Stout (Sat) S 4.8%
A thick black beer brewed with seven different types of malt and UK hops. Fermentation is halted early to give some residual sweetness to add to the body of the beer, which has masses of mocha flavours and a thick mouthfeel.
RedWillow (Macclesfield, Cheshire)
Feckless (Sat) B 4.1%
A classic best bitter, rich toffee and malt balanced with the subtle flavours of Challenger, First Gold and Target hops
Headless GA 3.9%
Refreshingly floral Pale Ale with a restrained orange-led bitterness and a light, straw-hued colour
Smokeless P 5.7%
A surprisingly approachable smoked porter, velvet smooth with a robust malt backbone. Infused with Chipotles to give even more smokiness and a subtle hint of heat.
Stringers (Ulverston, Cumbria)
Yellow Lorry GA 4.0%
Gold. A cunning blend of hops gives citrus aroma and firm clean bitterness. Delivers the goods!
Stringers (Ulverston, Cumbria)
Stout No.2 S 4.0%
Roasty nose. Some grain and dark toast. Firmly bitter. A seriously drinkable low ABV jet-black stout.
Victoria - IPA (Sat) BB 5.5%
Spicy, tropical fruit from the hops, then some bitter marmalade, with a definite bitter finish. Top hole
Thornbridge (Bakewell, Derbyshire)
Ashford BB 4.2%
New World Brown Ale. Floral and berry hop charcters tickle the nose followed by gentle coffee and roast hazelnut aromas. Smooth in the mouth with more roasted malt and coffee characters and a nice dry, toasted astringency and hint of bitter.
Jaipur BB 5.9%
A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish.
Ulverston (Ulverston, Cumbria)
Another Fine Mess GA 4.0%
A pale, full-bodied beer with a sweet, hoppy aroma. Flavours of ripe citrus fruits balanced with juicy malts dominate – moreish aftertaste.
Laughing Gravy (Sat) B 4.0%
A light, copper beer with a balance between malt and hops, leaving a thirst-quenching aftertaste.
Lonesome Pine Sp 4.2%
A pale, honey beer with sweet malts followed by tangy citrus fruits. Refreshing all the year round
Wilson Potter (Middleton, Greater Manchester)
Dark Diamond S 4.3%
Brewed especially to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. A rich, dark stout with a fruity roasted flavour and a crisp hoppy finish.
In The Light GA 4.2%
A pale golden beer with a citrus aroma and a full balanced bitterness with a clean tangy finish.
Tandle Hill (Sat) GA 3.9%
A blonde beer with strong citrus flavours and aroma created using a blend of three hops.
Worth (Poynton, Cheshire)
Anson (Sat) GA 4.0%
Pale ale style. Well hoped, clean and refreshing with a good bitter finish. Brewed at Poynton Legion Club, Greater Manchester Club of The Year 2012.
Nimrod B 3.7%
A full flavoured bright copper coloured beer, drinks above it's weight
Yates (Westnewton, Cumbria)
Bees Knees Sp 4.5%
Fruity, sweet, yellow beer with a gentle bitterness and underlying honey flavour
Golden Ale GA 3.9%
An extremely pale coloured beer. Fully rounded, smooth, hoppy flavour, using lager malt and hops. Skilful use of lager malt and hops results in a pale beer with a light bitterness; melon fruit and a clean, refreshing finish

(Sat) - Due to space limitations in the church hall, some beers can only be served when others have sold out. Beers marked (Sat) may not be available until late Friday or Saturday.

Chorlton Beer Fest