Monthly archives: January 2020

MBCF20 from start to finish in six minutes

MBCF 2020 started set up on 19th January, opening to the trade on the 22nd and then the public from 23th to 26th. And then it was all packed away again.

Now you can revisit the whole eight days in just over six minutes thanks to Manchester Central’s time lapse camera.

See 400 volunteers erecting stillage, brewers drays offloading, beers being prepared, you the public coming and going and those volunteers packing it all up again…..

Cider & Perry Of The Festival

We are pleased to confirm the outcome of your votes for Customer Choice Cider & Perry Of The Festival.


Cider Of The Festival


Pilton – Pomme Pomme

Runner up:

Hogan’s – Wild Elder

Perry Of The Festival


Dunham Press – Peterloo Perry

Runner up:

Blue Barrel – Colwick Perry

Kitty vs the Marshmallow Man – Beer of the Festival

Your votes for Beer of the Festival turned into something that would not have been out of place in an episode of The Goodies as a robust kitten from North Yorkshire did battle with a gigantic Welsh Marshmallow Man.


After the votes were counted and verified, it was definitely confirmed that you lot like your stouts and porters!

The winners of the Customer Choice Beer Of The Festival, sponsored by were:

Joint Third Place

Lost Industry x Navigation – Tiramisu Imperial Stout
North Riding Brewing – Fudge Brownie Stout

Second place

Tiny Rebel – Salted Caramel Stay Puft

First place – Beer Of The Festival 2020

Brass Castle – Bad Kitty

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival partners with local brewers to help visitors learn more about their favourite drink

Cloudwater, Wild Beer Co, Hawkshead and Thirst Class Ale will be supporting CAMRA’s Discovery Zone this year

The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival taking place from 23-25 January at Manchester Central will play host to CAMRA’s second annual Discovery Zone, aimed at empowering visitors to make more informed decisions at the bar.

Volunteers have organised daily beer and cider tastings led by exciting and innovative brewers and cider makers. They will also showcase high-quality brewing ingredients to help drinkers calibrate their senses.

Breweries involved this year include Cloudwater, Wild Beer Co., Hawkshead and Thirst Class Ale. 


Get beer done!

Incredible inventory from Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 

Drinkers are promised a celebration of our national drinks as the North’s biggest beer and cider festival rolls into Manchester Central next week. And to tease tastebuds, organisers have announced their beer lists packed with the most extensive selection of real ales, modern keg and the best from the international scene.

Now in its seventh year, Manchester Beer and Cider festival has an outstanding menu of the best brewers and producers can muster. This year, 25 bars will serve more than 750 different examples sure to appeal to lovers of traditional British ales, those seeking the cutting edge of modern brewing and fans of foreign beer styles. With ciders, perrys, fruit wines, mead and a gin bar, there’s sure to be a drink for every taste.

As you would expect from an event organised by the nine Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), the focus is on cask-conditioned beers with almost 400 to choose from.

©James Darcey