11th January 2016

Fans of international beers are in for a treat as Manchester’s biggest beer festival arrives later this month.

Organisers are planning for a celebration of European beer styles alongside the largest selection of British ales ever seen in the city. And the rest of the world will also be represented, with ales from the Americas and Australasia ordered.

Now in its third year, the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). And drinkers will have a new venue as the festival moves to Manchester Central in the heart of the city, following two successful years at the Velodrome.

Bière San Frontières bar manager Tony Evans is part of a 30-strong organising committee. He said: “It’s a bit like Christmas morning when our orders arrive – I know what I’ve asked for and I’m confident it will arrive. There’s usually room for a few surprises, though.

“We know beers from the ‘big three’ – Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic – always go down a treat with our festival-goers. But we’ll also be showcasing beers from much further afield.”

Tony expects to have all six Oktoberfest beers on draught, with another two dozen fonts dispensing the best German beers. Seven Belgian beers and three styles from Budvar on draught complete the barrel line-up, with Budvar’s Krausened Lager making its first appearance at the festival.

Bottle lovers can expect more than 50 types sourced from the ‘big three’, including alcohol-free and gluten-free styles.

The celebration of local, regional and national brewing runs from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016. Over 500 British beers, ciders and perries will be available to enjoy in the main hall, alongside the Bière San Frontières and Rest of the World bars.

Organisers are anticipating bigger crowds than 2015’s record-breaking attendance. Advance tickets are available from the festival website, and its Facebook page.




  1. The current list of expected international beers is at
  2. The 2015 festival attracted nearly 11,500 visitors who enjoyed almost 39,000 pints of cask ale and 4,000 pints of cider and perry.
  3. More than 300 CAMRA members volunteer to set up and serve at the festival.
  4. The full schedule of prices can be found at
  5. A selection of images from previous festivals is at

Contact: David Rigby
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