Cider Rethought

A refreshed cider and perry offer from Manchester Beer and Cider Festival

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Fans of traditional fruit drinks are in for a treat this month as the North’s biggest beer and cider festival opens in Manchester.

Organisers of the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival have a reputation for showcasing the best from traditional cider and perry producing regions alongside the developing northern scene. A staggering 73 ciders and perrys picked from 40 different producers will be on offer during the three days of the event (click here to see the list). But that only tells part of the story.

Regular visitors will be able to spot firm festival favourites, but handpumps, a cooling system and bottled ciders and perries will debut on a revised layout. And an innovation – believed to be a national first for Manchester – will see six keg-conditioned ciders dispensed. The equivalent to real ales maturing in cask, live yeasts continue to react with sugars, further conditioning and stabilising the cider.

Cider and perry bar manager Dick Withecombe said: “The festival has a reputation for innovation in beer. But this year, we aim to match that modernisation with the impetus that the ReThink Cider initiative has given us. ReThink Cider is about improving the way cider is perceived. And in line with CAMRA’s priorities, we want to educate drinkers about the diverse styles of cider and perry. Many producers have the skills normally associated with winemakers. ReThink Cider aims to showcase that while harnessing the broad appeal of real ales.

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Rethink Cider at #MBCF20

Is it time to #RethinkCider? We here at Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2020, certainly think so.

This year’s cider and perry bar will be run by the team behind Manchester Cider Club – creating a new, modern and exciting Cider Bar for this winter’s festival.

We will be introducing several new features:

  • Cider cooling for all the Ciders and Perry
  • Five keg ciders
  • Fifteen draught ciders and perries delivered through hand pulls
  • A diverse range of Bag in Box ciders and perries representing a wide regional range and a diversity of cider styles
  • A cider bottle bar, for takeout and tasters in thirds, featuring some of the best quality bottle fermented and bottle conditioned ciders and perries available
  • An increased number of local ciders from within the Greater Manchester CAMRA Region

We believe MBCF20 will be the very first Festival in the UK to be serving three keg conditioned ciders. These are ciders that are still conditioning within the keg and meet CAMRA’s definition of real cider.

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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.

Photo: James Darcey
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