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Going Dutch at #MBCF20

Think Dutch beer is all Heineken and Grolsch? Well think again…

#MBCF20 will offer visitors a unique opportunity the explore Dutch craft brewing. The nation’s brewing scene is enjoying a renaissance, with many distinctive beer styles adding to its rich brewing heritage.

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On Saturday 25th January, local writer, blogger and all round beer expert John Clarke will give you the low down as you taste your way through five different beers, across a range of styles, all from the Netherlands.

With John’s expert commentary and easy going style, attendees will be bound to enjoy this voyage of discovery.

John Clarke is a beer writer and blogger with an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject built up of years of regular trips to the Netherlands.

Five different beers are included in the ticket price.

Tom Oliver Talk and Tasting

In a real coup for Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, legendary cidermaker Tom Oliver will be hosting a special session at #MBCF20 on Thursday 23rd January.

©Olivers Cider

Tom Oliver has been described by food and drinks writer Pete Brown as ‘simply the greatest cidermaker in the world, a real artist.’  

Tom will talk you through a tasting of five ciders with his trade mark enthusiasm for his subject.  Tickets for this will go quickly, so grab them while you can.  

Renowned the world over, Tom is a multi-award winner for both his ciders and perry who draws large crowds wherever he talks.  

This will be a blending masterclass as he explains the skills in creating harmony he learnt as sound engineer (and tour manager) for the band The Proclaimers and how they apply to blending using the holy trinity of tannins, sweetness and sharpness. 

Tom Oliver has also frequently produced collaborations with brewers around the world. His collaboration with Thornbridge and Garret Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery produced The Serpent in 2016. Since then he has produced collaborations with Mills Brewing, Burning Sky and Kernel. Out soon will be his latest collaboration, with Manchester’s Cloudwater Brewery.