Manchester Brewers Challenge

Manchester Brewers Challenge 2019

Sponsored by Charles Faram –

Terms & Conditions

Eligible breweries

Breweries eligible to enter the Manchester Brewers Challenge must:

Be listed in the Greater Manchester breweries section of the 2019 Good Beer Guide;


Be actively brewing within the boundaries of Greater Manchester Metropolitan County on 16th November 2018;

Provide a valid HMRC AWRS reference confirming wholesaler status

Comply with Manchester Beer & Cider Festival’s Equality Policy.

Entering a beer

Each brewer may enter ONE beer;

That beer may be entered in ONE format – either cask, key-keg, keg, bottle or can;

The beer may be any style and any ABV;

The beer may be a regular brew from the entering brewer or a seasonal or special brews;

The beer must be available to be delivered to Manchester Central on 20th or 21st January 2019;

Collaboration brews may not be entered.

Deadline for entries

The deadline for entries is Friday 16th November 2018;

Final details of the entered beer must be confirmed by 21st December 2018.

Information required for entry:

The following information will be required by Friday 16th November

  • Beer name (proposed)
  • ABV (approximate if not known at time of entry)
  • Format to be supplied
  • Style description (e.g. stout, IPA, mild, saison, gose etc)

The following information will be required by Friday 21st December

  • Tasting note
  • Price*
  • Allergens information
  • Your AWRS URN


Judging will take place prior to the festival trade & press session on Wednesday 23rd January 2019;

Judging will be blind;

Beers will be judged on a variety of criteria including aroma, taste, aftertaste and saleability;

Judging panels will be mixed and made up of brewers, publicans, beer-writers / bloggers, CAMRA beer judges and other interested parties;

The number of judging rounds will be dependent on the total number of beers entered;

Each entering brewery is invited to put forward one member of staff to join the judging panels in the first round of the competition;

Judges from participating breweries may not judge their own beer.
Please contact beverley (at) if you are interested in judging.

*Purchase of beer

The festival will purchase any beers entered in cask, key-keg or keg format at normal market rates (except where sponsorship agreements are already in place);

The minimum cask size will be 9 gallons. The minimum key-keg / keg size will be 20 litres;

The festival reserves the right to withdraw any beer where it deems the price being requested is excessive for the style and/or ABV of the beer entered;

Any beer remaining after judging will be put on sale to visitors to the festival;

Beers entered in bottle or can formats must be provided free of charge;

The volume of bottles/cans required will be advised after the entry deadline when the number of judging rounds required will be calculated.

Free cask or keg rental

Our partners Kegstar is offering one free container rental to brewers submitting a beer to the Manchester Brewers Challenge;

Brewers must sign up to Kegstar’s standard terms &  conditions.

For further details and to take part contact James Bleakley: jamesb (at) ; mobile 07540838481