Brewing can be challenging…..

The Manchester Brewers Challenge was launched at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival in 2018, a unique competition to find Manchester’s top beer irrespective of serving format – cask, keg, key-keg, bottle or can.

The inaugural Challenge was won by Alphabet Brew Co with their Type A served from Key-Keg with bottled Karma Citra from Wigan’s  Wily Fox coming second.

MBCF has now laid down the challenge again – inviting every eligible brewery in Greater Manchester to put forward their best beer. With over 70 breweries in Greater Manchester, the only constraint is that brewers can put just one beer in front of the judges next January as the festival opens so brewers must choose the format which they believe best represents their selected beer

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Move over Herbie, we’re parking the bus

There’s a special vehicle heading for the North’s biggest beer festival – but it will remain stationary when it arrives at Manchester Central.

The ‘Jaipur Beer Bus’ is a 1975 VW campervan lovingly restored and owned by one of the most popular British breweries, Thornbridge of Bakewell in Derbyshire. Last seen at the Great British Beer Festival in London’s Olympia, the eye catching vehicle heralds the debut of the brewer at Manchester Beer and Cider Festival.

The festival will have beers from over 100 breweries, as well as a remarkable selection of foreign beers and ciders. It has always invited some brewers to promote their beers at their own bars, where festival-goers will have the chance to meet brewers, talk all things beer – and, of course, drink their ales. Demand for space has been exceptional and organisers have been busy whittling down the choice for the January event. But they are pleased to have tempted Thornbridge to the Manchester festival for the first time. (more…)