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MANCHESTER Beer and Cider Festival (MBCF) is not only causing a stir amongst local real ale fans who can’t wait to fill their tankards with the finest brews but is attracting attention worldwide!

Travellers from overseas have been contacting the beer festival organisers, CAMRA, to get their hands on tickets in advance.

Beer festival enthusiasts Mike and Maggie Nolan from Canada are eager to sample some British brews when they visit the UK next year.

And after they contacted festival organisers anxious to guarantee their entry to the event which will be held in January 2015, organisers kindly decided to offer the couple a pair of tickets free of charge.

Festival organiser Graham Donning said: “As a gesture of goodwill we decided to offer our international visitors free entry and have put their names on the door. We look forward to meeting the Nolans and hope they will enjoy our range of traditional British cask conditioned craft ales including Manchester’s own Marble Beers and the popular Hawkshead Brewery.”

“They can also try our massive range of ciders and perries plus some of the best imported beers from around the world including German, Belgian, Dutch, Czech and American beers.”

The couple were delighted with the response saying: “We are very much looking forward to the festival! We have been to several beer fests in and around Ottawa but are excited about attending one in Manchester!”

The MBCF takes place in the National Cycling Centre’s Velodrome from January 21-24 2015 and will feature over 500 beers, ciders and perries over two levels.

Robert Wessel, from California, is also looking forward to the festival. He says: “British beer, in particular cask-conditioned beer (real ale) offers a much better sensory experience when properly served and enjoyed at cellar temperature and in good condition.

“Granted, I could enjoy a bit of the same in California, but to date, it never has really compared, hence my returning several times a year to enjoy real ale as it was intended.”

Rob travels all the way from Redondo Beach to Manchester each January for his fix of Northern nectar.

He explains why: “The MBCF is enjoyable due the wide range of beer styles on offer, from refreshing golden ales to beers a bit more appropriate to the season, such as winter warmers, stouts, old ales and barley wines.

“The ability to sample these fine ales, properly served and in excellent condition, be it in a proper pint or a nip (a rather appropriate measure when enjoying the stronger and very warming beers), makes for an enjoyable, flavourful and palette-expanding evening.”

Indeed the MBCF website has been visited by people from 29 different countries to date including 35 hits from Italy, 33 from Brazil, 17 from Germany and much more. It has also gathered Facebook followers from as far as Denmark, Pakistan, Argentina and Russia.

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For further information contact:

Clare Barber

07545 600 825


17th December, 2014


  1. The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
  2. The 2014 festival attracted over 10,000 visitors who drank over 40,000 pints of beer, cider and perry. The 2015 festival will have another 17,000 pints available.
  3. The event will be held in The Velodrome in the National Cycling Centre, home to Team GB’s fantastically successful Olympic cyclists.
  4. Advanced tickets are available from £3 for entry during Wednesday, Thursday and Friday daytime and £6 for Friday evening after 5pm (all prices plus 10% booking fees).