Festival News


More Heritage, More Beers From The Wood

In 2019, drinkers couldn’t get enough of our Beers From The Wood bar – drinking every drop from the 50 traditional oak casks by Saturday afternoon.

Taking on the challenge, we have sourced even more wooden casks for 2020 and arranged to have them filled with an even more amazing selection of beers.

Osset Brewery presents the 2020 Beers From The Wood Bar which is set to to feature 75 beers from brewers from across the country, including six from Ossett and their other breweries, Rat, Fernandes and Riverhead.

There will be exclusive wooden casks from local favourites Marble Beers, Runaway, Beatnikz Republic and Pomona Island. Amongst many highlights heading over from Yorkshire will be former Champion Beer Of Britain, Elland Brewery’s 1872 Porter, joined by more exclusives from Rat, Fernandes, Abbeydale, Brew York and many more.

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Cider Women Reception

Trade Event – Wednesday 22nd 4.30pm

MBCF is pleased confirm that we will host a Cider Women reception at our trade and press session on Wednesday 23rd January.

Cider Women is a new pan-industry and consumer group designed to champion the role of women in cider.

It had its official launch in October at the preview of the Women & the Art of Cider exhibition at the Museum of Cider, Hereford and its Northwest Launch at the Crown and Kettle, Manchester, in November 2019.

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Travel from Coast to Coast at MBCF20

For 2020, Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is inviting visitors to explore the best of northern brewing from Coast To Coast.

The festival, which returns to Manchester Central from 23rd to 25th January 2020, will feature its largest ever bar complete with over 175 handpumps. Wider than a football pitch, the Coast to Coast bar will take drinkers on a journey from the breweries of Merseyside in the west to Humberside in the east.

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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.

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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.


Protz from The Wood

One of the world’s leading beer writers, historians, lecturers and tasters is heading to #MBCF20 to lead visitors though a special tasting of beers as they used to be; served from the wood.

In the first of a series of talks and tastings to be announced, Roger heads to the festival on Friday 24th January to host a repeat of 2019’s sell out tasting of Beers From The Wood.

He will carefully select five beers from the festivals unrivalled range of beers from a wooden cask and talk attendees though the times when all draught beer was dispensed from wooden barrels.

Roger Protz (©James Darcey)
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Spaces at this one-off session are limited.

Tickets are available now from www.mancbeerfest.uk

For news of more tastings, follow #MBCF20 on Facebook or Twitter for announcements.