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.


Sitting pretty – the VIP Experience

We welcome every visitor to the festival, and have a unrivalled number of seats at Manchester Central. Many of you enjoy making new friends of the drinkers you sit alongside.

But maybe you want to arrange to meet and sit with old friends and colleagues as you try our stunning selection of beers and ciders? So – new for 2020 – we’re pleased to introduce the Tiny Rebel VIP Package.

At the heart of the festival, you’ll be handily-placed for all our 20+ bars. And whether for one or twenty people, your package includes entry, souvenir glass, festival guide, a guaranteed seat in the Tiny Rebel VIP Area and £10 of beer /cider tokens to get you started. It’s ideal for groups whose members may arrive at different times.

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Brace Yourselves For The Big One

Tickets on sale for Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Manchester may have everything but a beach – but drinkers can anticipate sniffing sea air next January. They are invited to explore from coast to coast as tickets go on sale for the North’s biggest celebration of beer and cider.

Now in its seventh year, CAMRA’s Manchester Beer and Cider Festival features beers from the UK and further afield. For the return to Manchester Central from Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th January 2020, organisers will be shipping in beers from across the North. There’ll be no need for maps with the huge new Coast To Coast bar showcasing ales from Merseyside to Humberside via Lancashire, Manchester and Yorkshire.

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The event attract visitors from all over the world to Manchester, pouring through the doors to sample some of the very best beers and ciders from the UK’s booming brewing and cider making industries. Fans of foreign beers will be well catered for with an excellent selection promised from Europe and North America.

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