Monthly archives: November 2016

MBCF Proud to Support Breast Cancer Care

Proud To Support Breast Cancer CareBreast Cancer Care is delighted to be the charity partner for the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival for the second year running.

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer.

We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support within the Greater Manchester area, running support services in five Greater Manchester boroughs; Stockport, Tameside, Salford, Bolton and Wythenshawe.  From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control.

Breast cancer changes everything. Breast Cancer Care understands the emotions, challenges and decisions people face every day. They know that everyone’s experience is different. That’s why they are there to offer support and information and campaign for better care.

Every year, 60,000 people in the UK are told they have breast cancer, and every year more than 11,500 women die from it. It’s the most common cancer affecting women in the UK today, with 1 in 8 receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in a lifetime and one person newly diagnosed every ten minutes.

It’s vital that Breast Cancer Care’s services remain free; they’re a lifeline for the growing number of women coping with one of the most difficult challenges they will ever face. We would like to thank you in advance for supporting Breast Cancer Care at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and please come and visit our charity stand located within the festival hall.

Breast Cancer Care will be running a raffle, quiz and other games from the stand, as well as collecting festival glasses as a donation to the charity.  We have a number of volunteers within the festival hall selling programmes and also a team of bucket collectors, so please donate generously.

If you have any questions about breast cancer or Breast Cancer Care please do visit our stand to speak to a member of staff or alternatively call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.

If you would like to fundraise or volunteer for Breast Cancer Care please call 0114 263 6482 or email Heather at .

Finally, we would like to thank the festival organisers for giving Breast Cancer Care the opportunity to be present at Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and we hope you all have a brilliant time and enjoy the event!

Not just the ale talking

Not just the ale talking

Experts may have been scorned by Michael Gove, but visitors to the biggest beer and cider festival in the North will soon have the chance to hear from people who really know their stuff.

The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2017 returns to Manchester Central in January and has lined up some of the most entertaining beer and cider speakers to share their liquid loves. And as you’d expect, generous samples will help bring their knowledge to the taste buds of their audiences.

The festival has grown consistently and for 2017 will offer 30% more floorspace – and more seating – than ever before. It is organised by the combined expertise of the eight Greater Manchester CAMRA branches. Offering nineteen separate bars, it has become an essential entry in most beer lovers’ calendars.

The line up of speakers is:

  • “Whatever happened to IPA?” John Clarke, a Manchester-based beer writer and newspaper columnist takes a look at the rise, fall and re-birth of India Pale Ale. From Empire to your local. Where it started to where it is now. Tickets include tasting of six different IPAs and John’s entertaining and expert commentary.

  • “Going Dutch – the Dutch beer revolution.” It isn’t all Heineken. The renaissance of artisanal Dutch beer is not as well-known as it ought to be. John Clarke, an expert in the subject will bring you an insight into what is happening in the Netherlands as he discusses six craft brewed Dutch beers of varied and contrasting styles. Tastings of six beers are included in the ticket price.

  • “Certificate in Beer appreciation.” This training course is presented by Christine Cryne, a Master Trainer, Member of the Guild of Beer Writers and European Beer Consumer Union accredited judge. She’s aiming at beer lovers who want to understand how the ingredients that go into beer affect the appearance, aroma and flavour. The course is externally accredited by People 1st, part of the Hospitality Guild. Christine says that no prior experience is necessary, and promises six beers to taste alongside her humorous style.

  • “Cider tasting.” Charlotte Bulmer (no relation) lifts the lid on the traditional delights of the UK’s favourite fruit drink. She’ll be pressing her audience to try six core examples sure to appeal.

  • “Holy Orders.” Monks have been involved in the brewing of beer since time immemorial. John Clarke talks guests through the history of brewing in monasteries by introducing you to six different beers, all brewed by the Trappist Order of monks in Belgium and the Netherlands. Tastings of six exciting beers are included in the ticket price.

Deputy organiser Peter Alexander said: “There’ll be nothing dry about any of these talks! The space we have at Manchester Central gives us the opportunity to put these tutored tastings on. I’ve been able to secure some of the best speakers whose expertise is nationally recognised. They will be entertaining as well as informative. And advance tickets make great Christmas gifts for those people you’ve no idea what to buy.”

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival runs from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January 2017. General entry tickets are available from, and the special event tickets are now on sale at

Further information:

David Rigby
press (a)

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 festival will be open to the public on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2017. Detailed opening times; Thursday 12pm – 10.30pm; Friday 12pm – 10.30pm; Saturday 12pm – 7pm.

3. Advance tickets for the 2017 festival are on sale via, and

4. Entry prices now include £3 refundable glass hire and are from £7.

5. The 2016 festival attracted 14,804 customers to Manchester Central from 20th – 23rd January 2016.

6, There will be a trade/CAMRA members only preview evening between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday 18th January. This will incorporate a press reception. Media organisations can be added to the invitation list by contacting press(at)

7. Follow us for all the latest news: and @MancBeerFest.

Drink & Learn at MBCF

Drink & Learn at MBCF

Tutored Tastings and beer appreciation course give visitors an educational experience

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival has confirmed its range of special tasting events allowing visitors to learn more about their favourite drinks. In a first for the festival, visitors will also be able to gain a recognised qualification in the love of beer!

Visitors on Thursday 19th January can book to train for their Certificate in Beer Appreciation, fully accredited qualification from People 1st, a part of the Hospitality Guild. The three and a half hour course will be led by Master Trainer, European Beer Consumer Union accredited judge and Member of the Guild of Beer Writers Christine Cryne.

Other events in the programme will give an insight into the history of what is an often mis-construed and mislabelled beer style – the India Pale Ale. In Whatever Happened to IPA will discuss the origins of this style, its fall from popularity to its current American inspired status as the must have beer style – fuelled by a wide selection of examples of the style.

Cider and perry fans won’t miss out with Thursday evening seeing local expert Charlotte Bulmer (no relation) lead a session exploring the massive variety of flavours which can arise from the fermented juices of humble apples and pears.

Two events explore different aspects of continental brewing. In Going Dutch, beer traveller and writer John Clarke will show his audience that the Netherlands has so much more to offer the moden beer drinker than Heinekin as he discusses six craft brewed Dutch beers of varied and contrasting styles. Meanwhile, some of the heritage of Dutch and Belgian brewing will be discussed in “Holy Orders” – a tasting event which will look at the history of Monastic brewing before leading drinkers through six different beers, all brewed by the Trappist Order of monks in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Tickets for all sessions are now on sale at

The tasting events will be complemented by a number of pop-up Meet The Brewer sessions throughout the festival – visitors should keep an eye of Facebook & Twitter for details.

The final day of the festival will conclude with the Great Manchester Beer Debate where a panel of industry experts will give their opinions on a controversial subject before the floor is thrown open to you, the festival visitor. Organisers are being tight lipped about the subject to be debated and who will be on the panel, but all will be revealed in December.


Festival raises glasses to Manchester’s heritage

3rd November 2016
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Festival raises glasses to Manchester’s heritage

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival reveal logo celebrating the city’s past and future

Manchester Beer & Cider FestivalThe team behind Manchester Beer & Cider Festival have revealed the logo which will feature on publicity, glassware and clothing when the festival returns to Manchester Central in January. The logo features four of the pillars on which the city built its national and international reputation while celebrating that the city is now equally recognised around the world for its brewing and beer scene. The fourth incarnation of the Campaign For Real Ale’s premier northern beer festival are represented by four pint glasses, each containing an icon representing the city’s rich heritage in the fields of science, industry, music and sport.

The man behind the design is Andy Heggs who has recently combined years of experience as a graphic designer with his passion for real ale to create branding for some of the best of the region’s new crop of brewers such as Ramsbottom’s Brewsmith and bars including Manchester’s The Brink. Co-director of Manchester based agency Drumbeat, he also pioneered the #Tryanuary social media campaign which seeks to inspire people to experiment with new beers, visit local breweries, bars and bottle shops during January – a month which is traditionally a quiet period for pubs and brewers. With the first Tryanuary in January 2014 taking place in the same month as the first Manchester Beer & Cider Festival, Andy has collaborated with the festival organisers from the start, but this is the first time he has contributed his design skills.

Festival organiser Graham Donning said “For three years, the festivals logo has reflected our host venue. Our brief to Andy was to come up with something which reflected that the event is much more than the venue, that it is part of a modern beer scene which the whole city can and should be proud of. The way that he did that, mixing beer with the aspects of the city’s past in a clean and modern image is striking, but thought provoking.”

The city’s growth during the industrial revolution is represented by the gears which transmitted power around the mighty cotton mills. An atom represents the scientific breakthroughs which the city’s universities continue to lead the world with – from Ernest Rutherford’s ground-breaking work in nuclear physics to the pioneering Graphene institute. The city’s long and varied musical heritage – from the Hollies and Herman’s Hermits in the 1960s, punk pioneers The Buzzcocks, the heady days of the Madchester era through Oasis to Elbow and The Blossoms – are represented by a turntable. The final glass holds just one of the many trophies which the city’s sporting teams have won – from the packed cabinets at City & United to the new powerhouse of British Cycling at the Velodrome – the festival’s home for the first two years of its existence.

Graham continued “Manchester has such a rich history in so many fields but the region’s beer revolution is perhaps better celebrated outside the city than in it. Greater Manchester now boasts around 80 breweries many of whom, from the oldest to the newest are exporting around the world. Robinsons now export over a million pints a year of their Trooper ale to over 50 counties and JW Lees’ annual Harvest Ale is eagerly awaited by beer fans in the USA. However, they are not alone – beers from the new breed of Manchester brewers such as Marble Beers & Cloudwater are in demand from craft beer bars and shops across Scandinavia and mainland Europe while many of our other brewers like Runaway and Track can’t brew enough to supply demand from across the UK.”

The three-day festival which opens on 19th January will feature around 700 beers, ciders and perries ranging from traditional bitters to the very latest bold flavoured beers from the very best of the world’s new breed of brewers. Almost 15,000 thirsty drinkers attended the 2016 event and organisers report that advance ticket sales indicate they are on track to welcome even more people to Manchester Central’s magnificent Central Hall. Tickets can be purchased online at


Further information:

Graham Donning
organiser (at)

David Rigby
press (at)

Picture editors:

Logo can be downloaded at :
Further photos available from

Notes to editors:

  1. Manchester Beer & Cider Festival opening times:
  • Thursday 19th January: 12pm – 10.30pm;
  • Friday 20th January: 12pm – 10.30pm
  • Saturday 21st January: 12pm – 7pm.
  1. The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
  2. The 2016 festival attracted 14,804 customers to Manchester Central from 20th – 23rd January 2016.
  3. Andy Heggs is co-director of Drumbeat Creative – Tel. 0161 817 3410
  4. There will be a trade/CAMRA members only preview evening between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday 18th January. This will incorporate a press reception. Media organisations can be added to the invitation list by contacting
  5. Follow us for all the latest news: and @MancBeerFest.