15th January, 2015

For Immediate Release:


Take your tastebuds on a trip around the world’s best beers and ciders!

As well as bringing you some of the finest British cask conditioned ales, the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival will feature some of the finest traditional beers from around the world and has expanded its global offering this year.

Once again, it is expected that the full range of German Oktoberfest beers will be on the bar, in itself a rare occurrence in the UK. However, the festival will also be featuring a range of beers from the growing craft beer movement around the world. These will include beers from Australia’s Stone & Wood, Denmark’s Amager & Spain’s Naparbier. The USA will be represented by Evil Twin, Two Roads & Greenflash amongst others.

The Bière Sans Frontières bar will feature fine beers imported from Germany and Belgium plus beers from the Czech Republic – Budvar and Bohemia Regent.

A second Bière Sans Frontières bar on the concourse level will offer craft beers from the rest of the world – including the USA, Italy and Spain.

Highlights include:

*Who needs hops?

Jopen   Koyt      8.5%     Old Ale DUTCH

Brewed using a medieval recipe that pre-dates the use of hops and ingredients including Bog Myrtle. Clear copper brown in colour with aroma’s of malt with notes of spice, herbs and dried fruit. Spicy and malty flavour with clear notes of caramel and hops. Sweetish aftertaste. Very interesting.

*For the allergy conscious

Bernard               Gluten Free Lager        4.70%   Gluten Free       Czech

This is the gluten free version of the Svetly Lezak premium. Little noticeable difference in taste between this and the “glutened” version.

*Feeling adventurous?

Amager Bryghus/Prairie Artisan Ales       Tulsa Twister      7.6%     Saison   DANISH

Pours clear golden with tall frothy white head. Floral aroma of wheat, herbs, honey and light citrus. Taste is lightly sour with honey sweet underneath, lightly bitter finish. Body is light, smooth with average carbonation.

*A world of contrasts

Evil Twin Yin Draught  10%   Imperial Stout   American

The first side of the soul! This is really good. Roasty and chocolate flavours. Fades a bit to quickly to be a 5* stout but still very pleasing.

Evil Twin  Yang  10%       Imperial/Double IPA       American

The other side of the soul! Golden colour, small head. Strong aroma of hops. Taste is very malty, with some astringent bitter hops. Really bitter aftertaste


But if beer is not your thing, never fear, there’s bound to be something to take your fancy at the festival which also features a massive selection of traditional ciders and perries (pear cider).

In fact, The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival will have two separate cider and perry bars this year. The concourse level bar will have the emphasis on producers from the North West including Manchester’s Moss Cider Project, Nooks Yard from Northwich, Bolton’s Red Bank Cider Company, Dunham Massey Press and True North Cider Press from Holmfirth.

Meanwhile the floor bar will feature those from the traditional cider areas of Somerset & Herefordshire.

For those novice cider drinkers, Cider Bar Manager, Mike Robinson, explains how to choose. He said:

“All the ciders and perries are different, with their own unique flavour and style. They range from fairly sweet, to very very dry and may be naturally cloudy, or clear. But don’t worry if you are not sure what to have – our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you decide what to have – and even to provide a couple of “tasters” to help you make up your mind.”

He warned: “Just remember – cider and perry are much stronger than most beers, and can be deceptively easy drinking – take care!”

If you enjoy cider and perry you can also attend the Greater Manchester Cider & Perry Festival held annually in June – see for details.


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 takes place in the National Cycling Centre’s Velodrome from 21st – 24th January 2015 and will feature more than 500 beers ciders & perries over two levels.

3) The 2014 festival attracted over 10,000 visitors who drank over 40,000 pints of beer and , cider & perry. The 2015 festival will have another 17,000 pints available.

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For further information contact:
Clare Barber
0151 255 0152