Yearly archives: 2015

Festival Charity sought for 2016 & 2017

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is pleased to have helped Henshaws Society for Blind People raise almost £7000 over their two year association with the festival.

Looking further ahead, MBCF is looking for a new charity partner and is inviting applications from charities who wish to benefit from a similar association for the 2016 and 2017 events. The chosen charity will be offered a free promotional stall and free rein to collect loose change from customers at the event which is expected to attract in around 12,000 visitors. They will also be promoted on the festival website, posters, flyers and in the festival programme.

At such a large event, there are plentiful other opportunities for fundraising which could also add value to the festival customer experience. Those organisations submitting innovative ideas for additional activities will be looked upon favourably by the organisers.

Although charities are encouraged to seek their own sponsors, if required, the festival sponsorship manager will assist the chosen charity in obtaining a sponsor for their time at the festival.

Any successful applicant would be expected to provide sufficient Volunteers to run 2 cloakrooms as well as sell programmes to the public from various locations within the Venue.  The successful applicants will receive a share of the income from the aforementioned along-with any other finances they can raise from members of the public with collection boxes etc.

Charities are invited to contact the festival organiser outlining their charitable aims, the number of volunteers they would expect to assist the festival, examples of similar events they have participated in and suggestions for activities which they would be willing to run. Applications should be sent to organiser (at) by no later than 1st March 2015.

MBCF 2015 – Thanks

The second Manchester Beer & Cider Festival was a runaway success, putting behind it some of the teething problems that beset the 2014 inaugural event.

MBCF 2015 - Photo by Stuart Revell

MBCF 2015 – Photo by Stuart Revell

Over 11,000 customers came through the doors, but this time every single one of them was anticipated meaning that there was beer for everyone right to the end – in fact even at 7pm on Saturday there were over 250 different beers available. Taking over the whole of the Velodrome gave more space for everyone with beers on both the concourse (near the loos!) and on the floor.

We at MBCF would like to thank all our customers who attended the festival and especially those who have taken the time to give us so much positive feedback.

Was most excellent with too many very fine Ales….cheers..” – Phil Mercer (via Facebook)

“@MancBeerFest it was fantastic. Even better than last year’s, which was also great. You’ve set a very high standard!” – @neilcondron (via Twitter)

“This was by far the most colossal beer festival any of us have attended. The sheer intensity of beer related movement made what we soon started calling ‘the pit’ a pretty impressive sight.” –

Top, top day on Saturday. Excellent venue, great range of beers, decent food and friendly, helpful staff. Thanks to all involved.” – Nick Holden (via Facebook)

“Holy Cow! What a fantastic Festival 2015! Congratulations to all those involved in making it happen.” – @BBrewery (via Twitter)

“The beer choice was, to say the least, probably the best I have ever encountered at any one venue and the way the bars were assembled allowed easy access to whatever one wanted and bar service was excellent.” – Chris Coates (via e-mail)

“First time visit to this venue. Fantastic time. Great selection of beers….good choice of food….totally civilised (no pushing at bars)…..well done to the organisers. Thank you and congratulations. Here’s to next year’s event!” – Ian Rigg (via Facebook)

Just like we did after the first event, we’ll take on board all your feedback and seek to improve for the future.

Thanks again – hope we will see you all again in 2016.


For Immediate Release:


MANCHESTER Beer & Cider Festival was an even bigger success than last year’s sell-out event with a whopping 38,876 pints of cask beer drunk over four days!

A total of 11,286 cask ale fans from as far as Canada attended the event held last week at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester eager to quench their thirst with the finest beers the UK has to offer.

After the inaugural event in 2014, when the bars were drunk dry on the Saturday afternoon, festival organisers from CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) ensured a plentiful supply of beers this year, as well as traditional ciders and perries.

A total of 437 beers were available to festival-goers at 19 different bars from cask conditioned craft ales including traditional British bitters, stouts, porters, milds and old ales and the very best of Manchester’s brewers, such as Marble, Brightside, Blackjack and Wilson Potter, to imported beers from around the world in the Bière Sans Frontières bar.

The first beer to sell out was Pied Bull Black Bull Porter until a new supply of this champion beer arrived.
The best selling beer was Hawkshead Windemere Pale, selling 500 pints, closely followed by the Marble/Hawkshead collaboration Beer Matts’ just 30 pints behind.

Meanwhile, cider bar manager, Mike Robinson, reported the highest sales of cider and perry than at any previous event with scrumpy drinkers supping 3,815 pints of cider at the two cider and perry bars which featured the likes of Manchester’s Moss Cider Project, Bolton’s Red Bank Cider Company and Dunham Massey Press.

The fastest selling cider was Biddendens Strong Kent Cider 8% abv with Sheppys Sweet Cider 6% abv coming a close second. The fastest selling perry was Gwynt Y Ddraig Two Trees Perry 4.5% abv. which was also the fastest seller overall.

The festival organisers also recorded the best ever sales at the festival with consumption up 20% on last year.
Of the 11,286 people who came through the door, 2,649 were CAMRA members and there was an army of 320 CAMRA volunteers helping out at the event. Plus CAMRA recruited 104 new members at the event.

Customer Beer of the Festival was awarded to:
1.       Stockport Brewing Co. Stockporter
2.       Marble/Hawkshead (a collaboration beer) Beer Matts
3.       Bridgehouse Cherry Chocolate Stout

Customer Cider of the Festival was awarded to:

1.     Manx Jimmie Kickstart Cider
2.      Marcher Marcher Man Cider

Joint 1st: Gywnt Y Draig Two Trees Perry and Troggi Perry

Festival organiser Graham Donning said:
“The event went better than expected with visitors from all over the UK and abroad enjoying the fare we presented to them. We had lots of positive views about the choice and selection of beers, so many thanks to John O’Donnell our beer orderer. Many enjoyed the fact that we had beers on both levels and many described the event as ‘the biggest pub crawl ever under one roof!’ Work now starts on the 2016 event!”

For further information contact:
Clare Barber
0151 600 5482
Jan 30th 2015

Metrolink service changes – Saturday 24th January

Transport information for those visiting us on Saturday.

There is a Manchester City home game on Saturday. Metrolink have advised that services will not stop at the Velopark stop for around an hour after the game finishes (from approximately 4.30 until around 6pm). Customers can walk to the Etihad stop but clearly it will be very busy. The best advice would be for them to take the tram before about 4.30pm or after about 6pm.

Unfortunately there are also network improvements on the 24th and the 25th of January. The Ashton line will remain operational, but a small section of the city centre will be served by replacement buses instead.Please check before you travel at


Champion Beer Of The North West 2015


GOLD: Pied Bull Black Bull Porter

SILVER: Hawkshead Cumbrian Five Hop

BRONZE: RedWillow Smokeless



Gold: Pied Bull Black Bull Porter

Silver: Phoenix Black Bee

Bronze: Dent Dent Station Porter

Bank Top Port O’ Call
Boggart Hole Clough Rum Porter
Dunham Massey Dunham Porter
Fell Robust Porter
Hawkshead Brodie’s Prime



Gold: Outstanding Imperial IPA

Silver: Coniston No 9 Barley Wine

Bronze: Hawkshead Brodie’s Prime Export

Dunham Massey Winter Warmer
JW Lees Moonraker
Robinsons Old Tom
Strands Barley Wine
Thwaites Old Dan



Gold: Beartown Polar Eclipse

Silver: Barngates Goodhew’s Dry Stout

Bronze: Millstone Stout

Coniston Special Oatmeal Stout
Dent  T’owd Tup
Liverpool Organic Imperial Russian Stout
Peerless Oatmeal Stout
Hawkshead Dry Stone Stout



Gold: Marble Chocolate Marble

Silver: Jennings Sneck Lifter

Bronze: Prospect Dynamild

Cumbrian Legendary Grasmoor Dark Ale
Fuzzy Duck Ruby Duck
Hesket Newmarket Old Carrock Strong Ale
Merlin Dragonslayer
Bollington Winter Reserve