Yearly archives: 2014


MANCHESTER’S TOP BEER FESTIVAL WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

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MANCHESTER’S TOP BEER FESTIVAL WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

MANCHESTER Beer and Cider Festival (MBCF) is not only causing a stir amongst local real ale fans who can’t wait to fill their tankards with the finest brews but is attracting attention worldwide!

Travellers from overseas have been contacting the beer festival organisers, CAMRA, to get their hands on tickets in advance.

Beer festival enthusiasts Mike and Maggie Nolan from Canada are eager to sample some British brews when they visit the UK next year.

And after they contacted festival organisers anxious to guarantee their entry to the event which will be held in January 2015, organisers kindly decided to offer the couple a pair of tickets free of charge.

Festival organiser Graham Donning said: “As a gesture of goodwill we decided to offer our international visitors free entry and have put their names on the door. We look forward to meeting the Nolans and hope they will enjoy our range of traditional British cask conditioned craft ales including Manchester’s own Marble Beers and the popular Hawkshead Brewery.”

“They can also try our massive range of ciders and perries plus some of the best imported beers from around the world including German, Belgian, Dutch, Czech and American beers.”

The couple were delighted with the response saying: “We are very much looking forward to the festival! We have been to several beer fests in and around Ottawa but are excited about attending one in Manchester!”

The MBCF takes place in the National Cycling Centre’s Velodrome from January 21-24 2015 and will feature over 500 beers, ciders and perries over two levels.

Robert Wessel, from California, is also looking forward to the festival. He says: “British beer, in particular cask-conditioned beer (real ale) offers a much better sensory experience when properly served and enjoyed at cellar temperature and in good condition.

“Granted, I could enjoy a bit of the same in California, but to date, it never has really compared, hence my returning several times a year to enjoy real ale as it was intended.”

Rob travels all the way from Redondo Beach to Manchester each January for his fix of Northern nectar.

He explains why: “The MBCF is enjoyable due the wide range of beer styles on offer, from refreshing golden ales to beers a bit more appropriate to the season, such as winter warmers, stouts, old ales and barley wines.

“The ability to sample these fine ales, properly served and in excellent condition, be it in a proper pint or a nip (a rather appropriate measure when enjoying the stronger and very warming beers), makes for an enjoyable, flavourful and palette-expanding evening.”

Indeed the MBCF website has been visited by people from 29 different countries to date including 35 hits from Italy, 33 from Brazil, 17 from Germany and much more. It has also gathered Facebook followers from as far as Denmark, Pakistan, Argentina and Russia.

For tickets and more details visit www.mancbeerfest.uk

For further information contact:

Clare Barber

07545 600 825

 

17th December, 2014

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  1. The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
  2. The 2014 festival attracted over 10,000 visitors who drank over 40,000 pints of beer, cider and perry. The 2015 festival will have another 17,000 pints available.
  3. The event will be held in The Velodrome in the National Cycling Centre, home to Team GB’s fantastically successful Olympic cyclists.
  4. Advanced tickets are available from £3 for entry during Wednesday, Thursday and Friday daytime and £6 for Friday evening after 5pm (all prices plus 10% booking fees).

CHARITY HOPES TO RAISE THE BAR AT MANCHESTER BEER FESTIVAL!

Henshaws Society for Blind People is hoping to top last year’s amount raised as they prepare to be the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival’s (MBCF) chosen charity for the second year running.

Following a successful event earlier this year, when Henshaws raised £2,750 at the beer festival, MBCF is delighted to welcome back the charity to the event which will be held at the Velodrome in Manchester in 2015.

One of the oldest charities in the UK, serving Manchester for nearly 200 years, Henshaws is a specialist charity which offers a crucial lifeline to all those affected by sight loss within Greater Manchester and beyond. They provide expert support, advice and training and help hundreds of visually impaired and disabled people each year to develop the skills and independence they need to lead lives that are as full and independent as possible.

Glen Lockett, Henshaws’ Head of Fundraising, said: “We’re thrilled to chosen once again to be Manchester Beer and Cider Festival’s preferred charity. The money raised at the festival for Henshaws will help us continue our life changing services for those affected by sight loss and other disabilities. We’re urging everyone to come down and grab a beer and support Henshaws!”

The Beer Festival’s chosen charity is given a promotional stall and free rein to collect loose change from customers at the event which is expected to attract in excess of 12,000 visitors. They will also be promoted on the festival website, posters, flyers and in the festival programme.

This year Henshaws is sponsored by Printerbased Limited printer specialists based in Ashton-Under-Lyne www.printerbase.co.uk

Festival organiser Graham Donning said:

“We are delighted to welcome back Henshaws and look forward to working with them in 2015 to raise the profile of their work and raise funds to support their activities. At such a large event, there are endless opportunities for fundraising which could also add value to the festival customer experience.”

Manchester’s first Beer and Cider Festival which was held in January this year, was an unprecedented success. More than 10,000 people attended MBCF at the National Cycling Centre with all 16 bars being drunk dry by the Saturday afternoon.

Now work is well underway on the second event which is set to be even bigger and better. MBCF will take over the whole of the Velodrome in January 2015 adding at least three brand new bars including two mixed cask ale bars, a second cider and perry bar and a number of brewery bars.

For more information about the festival visit www.mancbeerfest.uk

For further information contact:

Clare Barber
07545 600 825
press (at) mancbeerfest.uk

Notes to Editors:

1) Henshaws Society for Blind People provide expert care, advice and training to local people affected by sight loss and other disabilities, right where it’s needed most.
Henshaws work throughout the north of England, with centres and communities in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Newcastle and Yorkshire. There is also Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre and specialist Henshaws College, a unique further education college for students aged 16-22.
2) The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester Branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

3) Advance tickets are priced at £3 for entry during Wednesday, Thursday and Friday daytime and £6 for Friday evening after 5pm (all prices plus 10% booking fees). Early bird discount code will be active until midnight on 20th November.
4) The 2014 festival attracted over 10,000 visitors who drank over 40,000 pints of beer, cider and perry. The 2015 festival will have another 17,000 pints available.