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 http://mancbeerfest.uk/?s=volunteering
Phone: 07961 886696
Wednesday 24th Trade and CAMRA Members only 1630 - 2100.
Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th 2018
Carrion Crow News - A note from Stefan and Andrew Moroz
Good day, chaps!
Hope that you are enjoying the delightful weather! I just wanted to share with yourselves and our local CAMRA branch members, details of a couple of events that are being organised by The Carrion Crow in Oldham during the next couple of months. These events are also open to our Branch members.
The first is an organised coach trip (with toilet!) to Marston's Brewery in Burton upon Trent on Sunday 30th July, leaving the Carrion Crow at 9.00 a.m. from the pub to arrive at the Brewery for the visit at 11.00 a.m. followed by a sampling of beers in the Brewery Bar at £2.50 per pint, with a negotiated discount for CAMRA members in the merchandise shop.
This will be followed by a visit to Burton Bridge Brewery's Brewery Tap The Burton Bridge Inn (local CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year) which will be serving 7 beers from the Brewery especially for our visit! Carl, the landlord is also prepared to keep the pub open longer especially for our visit! The pub is described thus, in the Good Beer Guide 2017: "This 17th century pub is the flagship of the Burton Bridge Brewery estate and fronts the brewery itself. It incorporates two rooms served from a central bar: a smaller front room with wooden pews and displaying many awards, brewery memorabilia and framed old maps of Burton, and a back room featuring oak beams and panels. The beer range is supplemented by a selection of malt whiskies and fruit wines. A dining/function room and a skittle alley (which will be open to the group!) are upstairs."
The group will then move on to The Coopers Tavern in Burton upon Trent, where they serve draught Bass and Joule's Brewery's beers. It is described as: "Classic, unspoilt 19th-century alehouse, once the Bass Brewery tap and now part of Joule's estate. The intimate inner taproom has barrel tables and bench seating where the beer is served from a small counter by the cask stillage. The more comfortable lounge gives access to a third small room. Up to four ciders/perries (choice varies), plus fruit wines, are also available. There is impromptu folk music on Tuesday evenings and live music Sunday afternoons. A frequent winner of local and regional CAMRA Pub of the Year awards."
On the return journey through the Derbyshire countryside, there will be a final stop off at a picturesque pub en route with a 6.30 p.m. return to The Crow in Oldham. Places (£20.00) can be booked with the landlord, Tony Robins on 0161 633 4490 or Stefan Moroz on 07905657695.
The second event is the "Summer's Brewing Guest Ale Festival "taking place between Friday- Monday 25th- 28th August at the Crow. The ales will be served via six handpulls on the bar and a further three outside in the marquee area.
The selection of festival ales will include: Harviestoun's (Clackmannanshire) "Summer Legend" Easy IPA (3.5%); Joule's (Shropshire) "Pure Blonde" (3.8%); Moorhouse's (Lancashire) "White Witch" (3.9%); Adnams (Suffolk) "Mosaic" Pale Ale (4.1%); Brains (Cardiff) "The Rev. James Gold" (4.1%); Batemans (Lincolnshire) "Texan Triple Hop"; Robinsons (Cheshire) "Yippee I.P.A." (4.2%); St Austell (Cornwall) "Tribute" (4.2%); Fuller's (London) "Red Fox" (4.3%) & Exmoor Ale's (Somerset) "Exmoor Stag" (5.2%) as well as with the normal range of beers and guest ales from Banks, Brakspear, Jennings, Lancaster Bomber, Marston's, Ringwood, Shipyard Ale, Wainwrights, Wells & Wychwood.
If you need any further details, please contact Tony or myself by phone or e-mail me at ku.oc.oohay@65zoromnafets for any clarification
Enjoy the Summer and the beer!
Andrew & 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
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
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
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