Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2018

A note from the Greater Manchester Camra Regional Director

"Manchester needs you!

You probably know the Greater Manchester branches of CAMRA organise the magnificent Manchester Beer and Cider Festival and have done so since its inception four years ago. We have now found our new (and hopefully permanent) home in the centre of Manchester in the Manchester Central Convention centre - which you may know better as G-Mex - and are already planning for the 2018 (24th - 27th January) and the 2019 (23rd - 26th January) events.

While we have an excellent Organising Committee, there is always room for new blood and new and different skills. We want to give more members the opportunity to get involved in the festival and want to assure every CAMRA member in the region that we are by no means a closed shop. Can you help?

Professional qualifications that would make our event better:>/p?

• Do you hold a Security Industry Authority badge - or would you like to be trained to get an SIA badge? We have paid for several members to gain such qualifications that some have then used to gain a new form of employment or enhance their own employment opportunities.

• Are you already, or have been, employed in the pub or brewing industry?

• Do you have design skills?

• Event Management skills?

• Organisational skills?

• Or are you just willing to get involved to ensure that our event becomes better and better every year?

Beer knowledge - if you have visited the event as a customer you will be aware of how big the event has become and how modern the event has become.

Are you interested in craft beer? We now sell craft beer in both keykeg and cask form./p>

We also research and purchase foreign beers from all over Europe.

Have you an interest in Cider and Perry? Mead? Fruit wines – then yes, we have bars that sell these. You could help us source and sell them.

Customer care and 'back room' skills:

Do you have customer care skills? Interface well with the public? Or are you a "back room" person? We have opportunities for anybody who wishes to stay in the background whether during or before the event.

• We need help in designing posters, website work, designing beer mats, thinking up a logo, ordering polo and T shirts for sale.

• Are you interested in food? You could organise the food for the Volunteers from a local hostelry? Or organise many other things?

• You could get involved with selling VIP packages?

• You could meet and greet people coming to the event?

• You could help to serve beers to customers who have paid for tasting sessions?

• Know your way around websites and coding, or systems automation? We need you.

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for all aspects of the festival, both before and during it.

Many of you will have skills from your working life that we could use in the organisation of the event or during the event itself. To reassure you, many jobs in these days of electronic communications and the good old fashioned phone don’t involve a lot of time at meetings, so perhaps you could think of offering us a little of your time and helping the campaign at the same time? We're also keen to recruit deputies - so you could work alongside more experienced members to get a feel of festival organisation.

It's not all one way

There are benefits to helping organise a beer festival...

• We reward all participants with free beer (or cider).

• Free Volunteers T-shirt.

• Commemorative Volunteers Polo or T-shirt at cost price.

• Free food during set up and take down.

• Organised nights out during set up.

• Some travel and accommodation benefits.

• A volunteer party with food, drink and awards.

• The pride you'll feel of putting on a nationally-recognised event that attracts more than 13,500 visitors and serves over 62,00o pints. I promise you that you’ll be very welcome and you’ll make new friends for sure. You can do as little or much as you feel able. If this is for you, or you want to know more, just drop me an email or ring me at the number below. Or, log onto the website and look for

Graham Donning

Festival Organiser

Phone: 07961 886696

Email: ku.tsefreebcnam@resinagrO




Wednesday 24th Trade and CAMRA Members only 1630 - 2100.

Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th 2018

Manchester Central

Albion Street

M1 5LN

Carrion Crow News - A note from Stefan and Andrew Moroz

Dear friends,

For those of you who are interested, The Carrion Crow is organising a trip out to visit the pubs of Glossop with a return via Broadbottom to the Green Hill Brewery tap on Sunday 8th October. Leaving the carrion Crow at 1.00 pm. Cost of transport £5.00 per head. The trip is open to all local ROB CAMRA branch members. Just phone Tony on 0161 633 4490 or myself, Stefan Moroz on 07905 657695 or e-mail me on ku.oc.oohay@65zoromnafets to book a place. They are filling rather quickly!

Best wishes,

Stefan Moroz

Branch Pubs of the Year

The ROB Branch Pub Of The Year is the Flying Horse Hotel in Rochdale.

The ROB Branch Most Improved Pub Of The Year is the Sundial in Bury

The ROB Branch Cider Pub Of The Year is the Trackside Bar in Bury

The ROB Branch Cider Best Newcomer Pub Of The Year is the Old Post Office Ale House in Castleton

Read about the awards in the latest more beer magazine More Beer Spring 2017

Branch Magazine

The latest Magazine, More Beer Autumn 2017 is available for downloading. Want to know where you can get one (if you don't wish to download one) go to More Beer distribution list.

For previous issues go to the Branch Magazine page

Good Beer Guide 2017

The latest edition of the Good Beer Guide is now available and can be purchased at branch meetings at a discounted rate.

CAMRA nationally has also released the Good Beer Guide 2017 in popular ePub and Kindle formats plus Sat Nav versions

GBG E-book

GBG Sat nav

GBG Mobile

You can also purchase the latest GBG here Good Beer Guide 2017.

Local Pubs and Beer festivals

There are many of the pubs and other organisations in our Branch area that run beer festivals, details will be added here: National, Regional and Local Beer Festivals

For our Local Pubs follow the link

Would you like to do some Campaigning locally?

Social Media

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