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Hale's The Moose bar has expanded their operations with a new bar in Chorlton. Imaginatively called The Moose, Chorlton, the bar opened on Beech Road in just in time for Easter and when T&H CAMRA called on Good Friday, was already proving popular. The bar is yet another addition to Chorlton's incredibly vibrant real ale scene with two handpumps on the bar.

The Moose, Hale was recently named runner up in Trafford & Hulme CAMRA's Best Newcomer Award in recognition of their commitment to bringing cask ale from independent breweries to an area where despite a vast number of bars and restaurants, real ale has only appeared at the Robinson's & Sam Smith's pubs in the town. Chorlton with it's multitude of local ales will bring a new challenge to the team.

At the Chorlton outlet's opening the cask ales were Brightside Brewery's Amarillo and a second 3.7% beer with a paper pumpclip named "Moose Ale". Although the pump clip didn't give any clues to the origin of it, the bars' beer menu indicates it as Moose Ale,  Blackburn - which would make it from Daniel Thwaites. The menu also listed a third beer from Porthmadog's Purple Moose Brewery - given that there were only two pumps, hopefully this indicates that a third is not far away.

Given that the company has its roots in Hale's The Little Deli Company, is no surprise that food comes in the form of a variety of cold platters, sandwiches and similar charcuterie based fare.

Morley Cheeks heads to Hale

In a coincidental reverse move, Dominic Clancy, owner of Chorlton's Morley Cheeks has opened a new bar-restaurant in Hale. The Stockyard opened on 27th February, replacing the former Amba bar on Ashley Road. Sadly, unlike it's Chorlton sibling there is no cask ale. Given that Morley Cheeks has given prominence to local beers with a house beer from Privateer and regularly featuring the likes of Seven Brothers and Beartown, it was disappointing to see Stockyard's menu advertising keg Boddingtons as "brewed at the famous Strangeways brewery in Manchester", when in reality that brewery closed 10 years ago and the current product is believed to come out of the Anheuser InBev factory in Samlesbury, Lancashire.

Trevor staying as he is

Across the road from The Moose, Chorlton - we understand that the proposed refurbishment of The Famous Trevor Arms has been put on hold for the foreseeable future.

 

EmbraceEmbrace is a new café bar cum nightclub on Stamford New Road (formerly the site of Uluru, Cushion & The Flamin' Galah). They opened back in November with the tag line "The House of Spirits" and a drinks menu dominated by cocktails & draught beers from London's Meantime Brewery.

However, in March, the range expanded to include locally produced beer with the addition of a single handpump on the bar. They are free of tie and can therefore source whatever beer they like but initial offerings have been from Bury's Brightside Brewery, including Manchester Skyline and Odin.

There is live music every weekend (Friday or Saturday) and a wide range of other events. Food mainly consist of cold platters, pies and wraps but as the warmer months come along, the bar plan to make use of their roof terrace to host evening barbecues. CAMRA salutes bars like Embrace which may not have beer as their focus but still appreciate that a good quality real ale is something that their customers will appreciate and offer their customers the choice.

Embrace have a website www.embracecafebar.co.uk , Facebook Page & Twitter feed

Meanwhile the Station Hotel, an on-off outlet for many years, has returned to the real ale fold. It has recently featured two beers which aren't that common round these parts - Theakston Old Peculiar and Theakston XB. Quality has been reported as good. We hope to catch up with the new tenants shortly to hear their plans for this oft overlooked pub which has an excellent location opposite the recently re-opened Altrincham Interchange.

CAMRA AGM 2015CAMRA Members’ Weekend, featuring the National AGM and Conference, is where our members discuss our future policy and direction. The weekend also offers the opportunity to members to socialise with friends, visit recommended pubs and go on organised trips.

The Members’ Weekend is open to all CAMRA members and will be held at The Albert Hall, Nottingham on 17th-19th April 2015.

Closing date for pre-registration is Friday 20th March 2015. Please note that joint members will need to login and register individually.

For more information and to pre-register, visit http://camraagm.org.uk/

If you miss the pre-registration deadline - don't worry, you can still attend and register in Nottingham on the day.

 

2015 T&H T-shirtTrafford & Hulme CAMRA is pleased to reveal the design of our new t-shirts.

In response to requests for something more eyecatching than a simple "corporate" shirt, we've gone for a full colour direct print t-shirt depicting a traditional pub.

Shirts will be black. The image to the right shows how the print will look on a Large shirt. Click the image for a larger view.

Size guide:

 Size Chest size
 Small 34/36
 Medium  38/40
 Large  42/44
 X Large  46/48
 2X Large 50/52

 

Shirts are produced by direct to garment printing and can therefore be produced in small quantities as orders come in. Shirts are be priced at £15 each.

If you would like to place an order, please complete the form below. Payment will be collected on collection.

Aademy IPA bottleAcademy Ale pump clipMany fans of live music have long had to suffer mass produced national lagers if they wanted a beer while watching their favourite bands at venues like Manchester Arena & Apollo.

Now they can look forward to something more flavoursome to accompany the tunes with the news that Manchester University Students Union have teamed up with Bury's Brightside Brewery to launch their very own beer.

Academy IPA is midweight, modern IPA which is brewed from a blend of four fruity American hops. It is available on cask, keg and in bottle conditioned form and the really good news is that it is available now in all four of the Student Union's Academy music venues as well as the Students Union Bar on the ground floor of their Oxford Road building.

The Students Union Bar will be selling the cask conditioned version as a permanent real ale in the recently refurbished bar. The bar is open to the general public11 to midnight Sunday to Thursday & noon until 1am on Friday & Saturday.

Academy 2, Academy 3 & Club Academy (all of which share the Students Union building) will offer the bottle conditioned version. The main Academy One venue also has the beer in keg form - filtered but unpasteurised - as well as bottles. The launch of the beer coincides with the 25th anniversary of The Academy which opened it's doors with a concert by Manchester legends The Buzzcocks way back in October 1989.

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