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Cask Conditioned Ale 2016

This year Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival invites you to cross the North South Divide.

In the church you will find beers from the North West of England – Manchester, Cheshire and Cumbria – spread across two bars.

Meanwhile, the youth centre will be taken over by brewers from London and the South East.

Listed below are the 106 cask ales which have been ordered – the largest range of beers we’ve ever had. As ever, the list is subject to change.

We will endeavour to have as many beers as possible available at opening, but we cannot guarantee that any particular beer will be available at any particular section.

THE NORTH WEST
Beer Style ABV Note
Blackedge (Horwich, Greater Manchester)
Black Port Porter P 4.9% Complex, roasted coffee & chocolate flavours with a hint of liquorice and sweet port finish.
Summer GA 4.2% Light refreshing blonde ale with melon like & summer fruits flavour & aroma.
Blackjack (Collyhurst, Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Aces High IPA 5.5% Classic IPA, hoppy and delicious
Honey Porter P 4.5% A smooth and tasty porter made with a splish of organic honey from Cheshire.
New Deck GA 4.2% Traditional Golden Bitter
Small Saison Sa 4.5% An easy going and refreshing saison, hopped with Pilot, Willamette and Pacific Jade.
Blackjack / Thornbridge (Collyhurst, Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Jaffa Sp 5.4% Collaboration for Manchester Beer Week. Jaffa cake inspired milk stout hopped with Mandarina Bavaria with added orange peel & cacao nib extract
Bollington (Bollington, Cheshire East)
Bollington Best GA 4.2% A delightfully hoppy bitter. Clean & Crisp with a light golden colour and refreshing bitter after taste.
Ginger Brew Sp 4.0% A classic ginger bitter, pale hoppy bitter flavour, a smooth taste with fresh root ginger added at the end.
White Nancy B 3.6% Pale coloured session ale with lots of body and good fruity taste.
Bootleg (Chorlton, Greater Manchester)
Chorlton Pale Ale BB 4.0% A refreshing blonde beer with a hint of citrus and a long dry finish
Fools Gold B 3.9% A crisp pale ale bursting with tropical fruit hops.
Urban Fox BB 4.2% A red “rye PA” packed with citrus hops. An ideal session beer.
Brewsmith (Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester)
Bitter B 3.9% A pale session bitter. Moderate bitterness, pronounced floral/citrus hop aromas.
Centenial IPA 5.0% American hopped IPA brewed specially to celebrate Manchester Beer Week
Mosaic B 3.5% Session strength light ale brewed with Mosaic hops to give tropical fruit flavours
Brightside (Radcliffe, Greater Manchester)
Boston Vienna Lager L 4.8% Malty, rich golden coloured lager brewed with Saaz & Hallertauer Mittelfruh to bring refreshing hop balance
Dr Rudi IPA IPA 5.0% Expect resinous, citrus and pine characteristics from New Zealand hop Dr Rudi
The Optimist GA 3.8% Fruity hopped golden ale
Brightside / XT (Radcliffe, Greater Manchester)
North South Collide GA 4.0%  North South Divide collaboration between Bury’s Brightside and Buckinghamshire’s XT brewed specially for Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival. Golden ale made with Ella & Styrian Cardinal hops.
Cloudwater (Ancoats, Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Bitter BB 4.3% A traditional bitter with new world hops. Dosed with NZ and AUS hops it’s perfect seasonal session beer
Session IPA IPA 4.5% Well hopped but session strength IPA From Cloudwater’s newly launched Summer range which was only revealed this week.
Cryptic (Stockport, Greater Manchester)
The Ghost M 3.7% Dark & fruity Mild with a hint of chocolate enriched with a hazelnut flavour.
Cumbrian Legendary Ales (Hawkshead, Cumbria)
American Pale Ale BB 4.5% Dry hopped in the cask. Pale but packed with massive American hop flavours.
Loweswater Gold GA 4.3% A true golden ale, brewed using three malts including lager. Bursting with tropical flavour, an outstanding beer. Finalist CBOB 2009.
Dent (Dentdale, Cumbria)
Fell Ranger B 3.7% A blonde session ale with a full, floral flavour.
Rambrau Sp 4.5% This Pilsner inspired ale with fine German malt & hops to create a light, crisp & refreshing beer
Dunham Massey (Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester)
Chocolate Cherry Mild Sp 3.8% All the class of Dunham’s traditional dark mild, with a dry hint of cherry that cuts through the beer.
Experimental #3 BB 4.0% Blonde beer with experimental hop giving e a strawberry and sweet fruit flavour
Milk Stout S 4.0% Full bodied and creamy, with a roast malt character.
Hawkshead (Staveley, Cumbria)
Cumbrian Five Hop GA 5.0% Zesty, tropical fruit flavours balanced by juicy malt character.
Great White Sp 4.8% Spiced, cloudy, wheat beer with coriander seeds, dried Seville Orange peel and Motueka hops
Lakeland Lager L 5.0% It’s lager, but its tasty. Pale, with restrained but fresh hop character from European lager hops.
Manchester Brewing Co (Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Cut Like A Buffalo IPA 4.5% Centennial, Delta & Cascade provide hop punch balanced over caramel sweet malt grain bill
Pick Me Up P 4.7% Easy drinking porter spiked with a cold coffee brew
Wolf of the Willows (Pekko) IPA 4.4% Single hop IPA using American Pekko dwarf hops
Marble (Collyhurst, Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Earl Grey IPA Sp 6.8% A pale but strong beer with a subtle hint of Earl Grey tea in the aftertaste.
Howgate & Kemp SB 6.4% A New Zealand hopped pale ale orginally brewed as a collaboration. Howgate has moved on & Kemp is now Marble’s Head Brewer!
Manchester Bitter BB 4.2% Yellowy gold with white head. Light, citrusy and bitter hop aroma then biscuity maltiness. Hop bitterness with dry floral finish.
Outstanding (Bury, Greater Manchester)
3.9 GA 3.9% Extra pale, light, hoppy
Alpha Papa Rye IPA IPA 5.7% Pale amber, high in US hops, subtle grainy spice
Eat My Goal BB 4.2% Alan Partridge inspired extra pale ale. Cascade with a splash of Citra. Aromatic & flavoursome with bitter finish
IPA IPA 5.5% Four diverse hop varieties combine to create complex yet well-balanced golden, dry IPA style beer.
Stout Sp 5.5% Jet black, roasty, liquoricey.
Pictish (Rochdale, Greater Manchester)
El Dorado BB 4.4% A pale, very hoppy beer brewed using El Dorado hops.
Ginger Ale Sp 3.9% Pale amber coloured ale brewed with ginger for a powerful spicy flavour.
Summer Solstice GA 4.7% A crisp refreshing blonde ale with subtle bitterness, dry finish & delicate floral hop aroma.
Quantum / Buxton (Stockport, Greater Manchester)
Mint Ball Mild M 4.1% Brewed for Manchester Beer Week, it is what it says on the tin!
RedWillow (Macclesfield, Cheshire East)
Smokeless P 5.7% Surprisingly approachable smoked porter, velvet smooth with a robust malt backbone.
Weightless – Citra GA 4.2% Fourth in the Weightless series of single hop session IPA’s – this time with Citra
Serious Brewing (Rochdale, Greater Manchester)
Redsmith IPA BB 4.5% Copper-coloured, English-style IPA flavoured with American Centennial and Cascade hops
Stringers (Ulverston, Cumbria)
No 2 Stout S 4.0% Roasty nose. Some grain and dark toast. Firmly bitter. A seriously drinkable low ABV jet-black stout.
The North BB 4.9% Red beer with herbal hop aroma, touch of sweetness and a tangy bitter finish. Gluten free
Thirst Class (Stockport, Greater Manchester)
American Brown Ale SB 5.6% American style brown ale with Citra, Cascade & Columbus hops. Hoppy with a roasted maltiness
Stocky Oatmeal Stout S 4.7% Smooth, full-bodied oatmeal stout with notes of coffee & chocolate
Torrside (New Mills, Derbyshire)
Lubelski BB 5.6% Single-hopped European pale ale brewed exclusively for Manchester Beer Week
Torrside / Yes! Ale (New Mills, Derbyshire)
Blackstar IPA 7.2% Big American black IPA showcasing Sorachi Ace hops, brewed in collaboration with beer blog Yes!Ale
Track (Ancoats, Manchester, Greater Manchester)
Santiam IPA 6.2% A lovely tropical fruit flavoured pale golden IPA
Sonoma GA 3.8% A fantastic session pale, fairly dry but refreshing and fruity too.
Valpo SB 5.0% Hoppy red ale
Ulverston (Ulverston, Cumbria)
Lonesome Pine Sp 4.2% A pale, honey beer with sweet malts followed by tangy citrus fruits. Refreshing all the year round
Wilson Potter (Middleton, Greater Manchester)
Don’t Fall B 3.9% A lovely pale hoppy blonde
Rum In The Black S 4.2% A delicious, dark stout with a lovely liquorice finish & a hint of rum
THE SOUTH EAST
Animal (XT) (Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire)
Grizzly GA 4.6% Smooth, easy to drink beer with clean profile, American citrus hop character & gentle follow on of malt
Sloth BB 4.6% Rye amber. Rye flavour balanced with toffee notes & strong hop finish, with a blast of citrus & mellow tropical flavours
Bexley (Bexley, Greater London)
Redhouse BB 4.2% Darker pale ale combining Crystal malts with English Goldings hops for a richer flavour
Binghams (Ruscombe, Berkshire)
Coffee Stout S 5.0% Coffee complements the dark malts & mellows the flavours to provide a smooth drinking stout
Space Hoppy IPA IPA 5.0% Refreshing golden India Pale Ale with citrus hops.
Brodie’s (Leyton, Greater London)
Jamaican Stout S 5.4% A hoppy stout with coffee and roast malt characters.
Shoreditch Sunshine GA 4.5% Passion fruit aroma from Australian Galaxy Hops
Whitechapel Weizen W 4.2% Hoppy wheat beer. Tropical fruit on nose with wheat, citrus, spice and leaf in the taste.
Caveman (Dartford, Greater London)
Palaeolithic GA 3.8% Light session beer with a high dose of aromatic US Cascade hops giving grapefruit & citrus
Shatkora IPA IPA 5.5% IPA brewed with Shatkora fruit and kaffir lime
Dark Star (Partridge Green, West Sussex)
Hophead GA 3.8% Pale golden ale with strong floral aroma & elderflower notes from Cascade hops
Seville Sp 4.0% Wheat, Maris Otter barley with El Dorado hops before maturing with hint of Spanish bitter oranges
Sunburst GA 4.8% Initial sweetness adds to fruitiness & grapefruit tangwithout detracting from clean flavour & rich hop aroma.
Five Points (Hackney, Greater London)
Hook Island SB 6.0% Red Rye ale with some dryness & spice with a dash of pine & passion fruit from the hops
Railway Porter P 4.8% Aromas of chocolate & coffee with hints of caramel, brewed with British East Kent Goldings hops
Fuller’s (Chiswick, London)
ESB SB 5.5% Wonderful rich mahogany . Cherry and orange, balanced by soft malty toffee and caramel notes.
Goldmark (Arundel, West Sussex)
Liquid Gold GA 4.0% A refreshing full bodied golden beer with bursts of fruit and citrus
Mandarin W 5.2% A sunset glow coloured wheat beer with a subtle hint of mandarin oranges
Hammerton (Islington, London)
Life On Mars BB 4.6% A taste of berry and caramel & a deep ruby appearance. Aroma of grapefruit, pine & earthy hop & medium-high bitterness.
Oakham (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)
Citra GA 4.2% Light and refreshing Citra hopped beer.
Inferno GA 4.0% This light igniting ale flickers complex fruits across your tongue leaving a dry fruity bitter finish smothering your thirst.
Pig & Porter (Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent)
Signs of Triviality Sa 5.5% A classic saison style brewed with English hops to give an element of sherbet lemon in the aftertaste
Skylarking IPA 4.0% Ultra-pale session IPA hopped with Ella and Galaxy for hints of tropical fruit, mango, lychee & melon
Pig & Porter / Weird Beard (Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent)
Weird Pig Sp 5.6% California Common or Steam Beer brewed with lager yeast. Elements of pine, citrus & tobacco on the nose merge into passionfruit & guava on the tongue.
Portobello (Portobello, Greater London)
American Pale Ale SB 5.0% Six different hops create a fruity & clean beer with citrusy notes of orange & pink grapefruit.
VPA BB 4.0% Very Pale Ale. A happy meeting of lager and IPA
Ramsgate (Broadstairs, Kent)
Gadds No 3 SB 5.0% True taste of East Kent with pale malt & Goldings hops
Redemption (Tottenham, Greater London)
Big Chief IPA 5.5% Packed full of Kiwi hops with hints of honey & nectar, plenty of tropical citrus & floral notes
Fellowship P 5.1% Chocolate, coffee, liquorice & dry roasted malt flavours complimented with hints of dark fruit
Trinity B 3.0% Seville orange aromas & initial malt sweetness dominated by citrus flavours. Good body for ABV
Siren (Finchampstead, Berkshire)
Soundwave IPA 5.6% west coast IPA: golden, immensely hoppy and alive with grapefruit, peach and mango flavours.
White Tips W 4.6% Wheat beer hopped to IPA proportion with zest of grapefruit, orange and lime
Weird Beard (Hanwell, London)
Black Perle S 3.8% Coffee milk stout chock full of roasty malts, milk sugar & hopped with handfulls of perle on a chest ful of Zamorana coffee beans
Little Things That Kill B 3.9% Very hoppy, very sessionable and generally delightful pale ale
Mariana Trench SB 5.3% Riot of mango & passion-fruit on the nose but balanced
Wild Beer (Westcombe, Somerset)
Milllionaire Sp 4.7% Chocolate and salted caramel milk stout
Wild Weather (Silchester, Hampshire)
Sundowner GA 3.4% Light refreshing golden ale with subtle floral and fruity notes
Windsor & Eton (Windsor, Berkshire)
Conqueror IPA 5.0% Rich, complex and distinctive. Intense combination of roasted flavours balanced with full fresh pine hop aroma
Park Life B 3.2% Refreshing light ale with selection of fine New World hops.
XT (Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire)
XT3 IPA IPA 4.2% Packed with Chinook, Columbus & Cascade hops from American – crisp, clean & refreshing
XT8 Dark Roast S 4.5% Smooth rich dark beer brewed with a careful blend of four malts along with a cocktail of hops for a bit of zing.

Drinkers challenged to cross the North-South Divide

Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival sets up battle with London’s best brews on one side and Manchester and the North West on the other.

Drinkers attending the 12th Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival will be able to check out whether Manchester has taken the lead in the “craft beer revolution” with the bars at the festival split across the North-South Divide. The festival which takes place at St Clement’s Church from 7th to 9th July has filled one of its two beer halls with a selection of the best beers from London and the South East while the other exclusively features beers from Manchester, Cumbria and Cheshire.

The challenge brings a new angle to the festival which is organised jointly by volunteers from St Clement’s and the Trafford & Hulme branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) to raise funds to support St Clements’ work as a centre open to all of the Chorlton community. Over 4000 visitors are expected to pack the Church grounds on Edge Lane in the South Manchester suburb, drinking their way through 13,000 pints of beer, cider and perry.

Festival beer manager John O’Donnell said “While much of the London based press would have you believe that the so called “craft beer” movement has it’s centre in London and the south of England, from the early 1990s Manchester was leading the way with brewers like Brendan Dobbin pioneering big hoppy beers which led to breweries such as Marble Beers and Pictish setting up long before London caught on”.

He went on to say “With June’s Manchester Beer Week focussing on how great a city Manchester is for beer drinkers, we thought it would be fun to let drinkers try the best from both areas and decide for themselves. We’ve got beers from 20 different breweries from London & the South East ranging from the historic Fullers to big names on the craft beer bars such as Weird Beard and Siren. On the Northern side of the divide we have established breweries such as Outstanding Beers from Bury, Manchester’s Blackjack and Cumbria’s Hawkshead but also some of the newest with Rochdale start up Serious Brewing and the very aptly named Manchester Brewing Co”.

The festival has even commissioned a special beer which brings together the two sides. The festival ale named “North South Collide” is a collaboration between Brightside Brewery from Radcliffe and XT Brewing from Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire.  XT’s co-owner and brewer Russ Taylor travelled to Bury to brew the golden session ale with Brightside’s Neil Friedrich with the brew day appropriately falling during Manchester Beer Week.

Brightside’s sales director Carley Friedrich said “We’ve never done a collaboration brew with anyone but we’ve been swapping beers with XT for years and get on great with them. We are a big supporter of Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival so when the festival approached us with the idea, we thought it was a perfect match and we were only too happy to get on board”.

The festival opens at 6pm on Thursday 7th July, continuing on Friday evening and all day Saturday. More information is available from www.chorltonbeerfestival.org.uk

 

Champion Speciality Beer Competition 2014

The Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival is pleased to have again been selected to host the North West round of CAMRA’s Champion Speciality Beer Of Britain competition.
A panel of judges will blind taste eight of the finest speciality beers from across the North west as nominated by thousands of local CAMRA members. Speciality beers include beers flavoured with fruit, spices, honey, chocolate etc as well as unusual styles including wheat beers, lambics and saisons.
Dunham Massey Chocolate Cherry MildTwo years ago, Dunham Massey Chocolate Cherry Mild took the Gold award at the 8th Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival. Success in the regional round at Chorlton took it to the national round judging at the Great British Beer Festival at London Olympia where the beer took the title of Champion Speciality Beer Of Britain.
Last year’s winner Offbeat brewery’s Way Out Wheat also went on to further awards, coming away with Bronze in the Champion Beer Of The North West when judged at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival.
The competition will be judged on Friday 4th July, with the winners expected to be announced around 6pm.