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Beer & Cider Of The Festival 2018

Throughout the festival, our customers were voting for their Beer & Cider of The Festival.

The votes have been counted and we are pleased to confirm that the winners are:

Beer Of The Festival

Chocolate Cherry MildWinner: Dunham Massey Brewery – Chocolate Cherry Mild.

Runner up:  Track / Blackjack / Pomona Island collaboration – Unfair Funfair

Cider Of The Festival

Apple & GingerWinner: Snailsbank –  Ginger

Runner Up: SiDa – Maxonian Mist

 

 

 

Winner of the prize draw to win two tickets to Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2019 was  Chris Aitken

Beer, Cider & Perry of the Festival

Thanks to everybody who voted for their favourites at the festival. With over 100 beers and 50+ ciders and perries you had lots to choose from.

Your votes have been counted and the winners as chosen by you, our customers are:

Beer of the Festival:

Winner: Tiny Rebel – Juicy

Runner up: Purple Moose – Elderflower Ale

Cider of the Festival:

Snails Bank – Rhubarb

Perry of the Festival:

Gwynt Y Draig – Pyder

Congratulations to all the winners.

World Beers & UK Key-Keg

Our World Beers bar features a great selection of bottled beers from around the world.
This year we also introduce our draft keg bar which will be split between draught world beers and a selection of UK Key-Keg Conditioned beers

BOTTLED BEERS

BREWERY BEER ABV STYLE TASTING NOTES
America
Kona Big Wave 4.4% Pale A light golden ale with subtle fruitiness and delicate hop aroma. Smooth and easy drinking.
Brooklyn Summer Ale 5.0% Pale Light-bodied refreshing summer pale ale with citrus and floral hop aromas.
Japan
Hitachino Hitachino Nest White 5.5% Witbier A white ale brewed with wheat malt and flavoured with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg.
Hitachino Hitachino Nest Pale 5.5% Pale Amber colour with a foamy and long lasting tanned head, fresh citrus hop aromas with a rich malty, slight caramel flavour and a little hop bitterness.
America
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar 6.2% Brown Ale A nutty twist to a traditional Brown Ale. Dark brown in colour with a hazelnut aroma and flavour with a smooth malty finish.
Evil Twin Retro IPA 6.0% IPA A recreation of a 1985 style IPA. Enjoy a full on hoppy beer infused with everything you loved about the 80’s.
Stone Ruination 8.5% DIPA Bracingly bitter. Thick, pungent hop aroma. Piney, citrus and tropical a full on double IPA.
New Zealand
Tuatara Solstice 5.2% Saison A spicy saison with ginger aroma and kaffir lime leaves for refreshing citrus notes.
Tuatara Sauvinova 5.2% Pale Ale Full malt body copiously hopped with Nelson Sauvin displaying gooseberry, pineapple and grapefruit flavours. Balanced bitterness
Denmark
To Øl Velvets are Blue 5.5% Saison A big hit of blueberry with a subtle Belgian funk balanced with a pithy grapefruit sourness.
To Øl Mr Orange 7.0% ESB Extra special bitter brewer with clementine, tangerine and grapefruit
Mikkeller Drink’in Berliner 2.8% Berlinner Weisse Pale and slightly hazy sour ale with lemon, mineral and subtle floral notes.
Mikkeller …Zest Please! 7.0% Porter A rich porter with strong dark malt character brewed with orange zest.
Mikkeller Jackie Brown 6.0% Brown Ale A roasty, chocolaty brown ale with hints of coffee and licorice. The malts are complimented by a great amount of hop bitterness, aroma and flavour.
Mikkeller Cream Ale 4.9% Cream Subtle citrus hops and delicate malt give an easy drinking golden cream ale inspired by pre-prohibition America.
Mikkeller Chil Pils Orange 4.7% Pilsner A pilsner brewed with orange juice and chops giving citrus flavours, some spice and sweeteness.
Sweden
Omnipollo Onda Mosaic 5.0% Pale Ale Pale ale brewed with unmalted wheat, honey and 100% mosaic hops.
Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzer 8.5% DIPA “Neb” is a home brew recipe that has been scaled up with no consideration to economies of scale. Get fresh or die trying.
Italy
Birrificio Italiano Tipopils 5.2% Pilsner A simple beer style but with a sophisticated malt character backed by citrus and pine hops.
Birrificio Italiano Asteroid 56013 6.5% IPA American IPA, single hopped with Cascade.
Spain
Cervecera Artesana Riojana Ceriux Rubia 5.4% Blonde Crisp and refreshing, brewed with barley and wheat malt, select hops, spices and grape must. Gives the beer a subtle wine character.
Cervecera Artesana Riojana Palax 4.8% Lager A bottle conditioned lager, subtle flavours supported by the yeastsediment from the bottle.
Belgium
De Koninck De Koninck 5.0% Pale The beer of Antwerp, De Koninck is an amber coloured beer with a lively taste and soft, velvety aroma. Brewed with 100% pure malt and Saaz hops, fragrant, smooth and spicy.
Huyghe Floris Mango 3.6% Fruit beer A smooth and easy drinking white beer, with exotic fruity flavours and a refreshing citric finish. The aroma is a mix of mango and wheat.
Huyghe Floris Passionfruit 3.6% Fruit beer Easy drinking and exciting, tangy, tropical-sweet, white beer. Warm and rich with a perfect harmony between aroma and taste.
Huyghe Floris Honey 4.5% Fruit beer An easy drinking wheat beer blended with honey which gives a lively, fruity and bitter sweet style of beer.
Huyghe Floris Kriek 3.6% Fruit beer Easy drinking and full on, cherry-sweet, cherry white fruit beer, made with Marachino cherries. Light and very refreshing.
Timmermans Peche 4.0% Fruit beer A pale peach beer with a very fresh aroma. Oddly enough, an apricot flavour often seems to be present on the palate
St Feuillien Triple 8.5% Tripel A golden ale with amber notes; it has a light aroma with a touch of spice; very full in body, it is dry yet fruity with lots of citrus; a long dry finish packed with spice and hop.
Het Anker Boscoli 3.5% Fruit beer Anker Boscoli is a fruit beer by Brewery Het Anker. It is based on white beer with 25% natural fruit juices. A light and fruity beer it is smooth and well balanced.
Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles 4.5% Witbier Brewed from a blend of wheat, malted barley, and spiced with coriander and curacao. It is relatively dry and very refreshing, exhibiting more than a hint of citrus fruit in its flavour.
Lindemans Cassis 3.5% Fruit beer A classic Belgian favorite. Blackcurrants are a centuries old ingredient in beer. Exceptional aroma, flavour, and complexity. Full bodied, while still being refreshing and crisp.
Mort Subite Gueze 4.5% Gueze Brewed according to an ancient recipe, this traditional Lambic beer slowly matures in oak barrels. An amber-coloured, crisp, sour-sweet thirst quencher
Brugse Zot Blond 6.0% Blonde A golden blond beer with a rich froth and a fruity flavouring, brewed with four different malts and two aromatic hops to give it’s unique taste.
Roman Ename Dubbel 6.5% Dubbel A classic abbey beer with a rich aroma of caramel, roasted malt and sweet fruit. Its dominant caramel flavour is mixed with the bitterness of roasted malt and hops.
Netherlands
De Molen Hop & Liefde 4.8% Pale Very refreshing and floral, lots of citrus, light grassy and light bodied. Keeps you coming back for more.
De Molen Vuur & Vlam 6.2% IPA A heavily hopped IPA with fruit and floral aromas but no aggressive bitterness.
Brouwerij Kees! Kees! Pale Ale Citra 4.6% Pale A traditional English pale ale brewed with full flavoured American hops.
Brouwerij Kees! Session IPA 3.5% IPA Refreshing amber session IPA with citrus and grassy hop notes and a gentle bitterness.
Belgium
Boon Mariage Parfait 8.0% Gueze Traditional Belgian lambic. 100% spontaneously fermented. Refermented in the bottle. Tart, dry, sparkling and refreshing.
Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait 8.0% Kriek An old style Kriek with 400g of cherry per litre, fermented with a strong sponateus Lambic, and aged in oak casks for 6 months.
Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar Belle Fleur IPA 6.0% IPA Fresh, hoppy and thirst-quenching beer, with pronounced citrus / floral flavors. A bitter and aromatic beer
Cazeau Saison 5.0% Saison A traditional saison with Sterling hops, a perfect summer beer with elderflowers.
De Ranke XX Bitter 6.0% IPA Famous for it’s very bitter and strong flavour. Made with pale pilsner malt and loads of Brewers Gold and Hallertau hop flowers.
Drie Fontenien Oude Gueze 7.0% Gueze A true Geuze – A blend of 1, 2, and 3 year-old lambic unfiltered and unpasteurized, and aged in the bottle for at least a year after blending
Dupont Saison Dupont Dry Hopping 6.5% Saison A classic Belgian farmhouse ale. This is a beautifully balanced, complex beer that has a refreshing fruitiness and long, dry finish. Dry hopped with Brewers Gold
Browerij Van Honsebrouck Bacchus Frambozenbier 5.0% Fruit beer A traditional Belgian beer with raspberries.
Browerij Van Honsebrouck Bacchus Kriek 5.8% Fruit beer A traditional Belgian beer with cherries.
Trappists of Orval Orval 6.2% Pale – belgian A true classic Belgian beer, a rich and complex malt character with prominent hops.
Germany
Brauerei Schlenkerla Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier – Märzen 5.1% Rauchbier Bamberg’s speciality, a dark, bottom fermented smokebeer, brewed with Original Schlenkerla. Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings
Paulaner Brauerei Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Kellerbier – Anno 1417 5.5% Kellerbier A beer with a distinctive character: earthy, bold, quaffable and yet refreshingly mild and light. Aromas of caramel, honey and plum.
Schneider Weisse G. Schneider & Sohn Schneider Weisse Original (TAP7) 5.4% Hefeweizen A true classic, pleasantly fruity with a typical top-fermented smell, an aroma of clove and nutmeg apple tantalizes the nose. On the tongue it is fresh, clean, full-bodied, harmonious and well-balanced.
Sunner Kolsch 4.8% Kolsch Not dissimilar to a light pilsner in malt character, this beer has a spicy, aromatic taste, refreshing and wholesome

DRAUGHT BEERS

BREWERY BEER ABV STYLE TASTING NOTES
UK
Torrside West Of The Sun 4.5% Pale A New Mills/New Zealand Pale Ale. Armfuls of tropical and resinous NZ hops give an unmistakeable antipodean zing!
Partizan Real Time Saison 6.6% Saison Saison with Kaffir Lime, Lemongrass, Mosaic and Motueka
Runaway Pale Ale 4.7% Pale 0
Weird Beard Decadence Stout 5.5% Stout Multiple grains types and precise brewing leave decadence stout with an opulent mouthfeel and generous head. Rich with chocolate and coffee roast flavours with just a touch of oat creaminess.
Wild Weather / Bad Seed Fraise et Poivre 5.0% Saison Starts as a traditional Saison, cloves and pepper roll around the tongue while a waft of strawberries delicately tempts the nose.
Denmark
Mikkeller All Other Pales 5.8% Pale Ale A light, drinkable, elegant beer that is, like all Mikkeller beers, extremely well balanced.
Gypsy Inc Tipsy Gipsy 4.7% Pilsner A crisp Pilsner brewed with a solid amount of refreshing American hops with notes of mango, citrus, and passionfruit.
Netherlands
Jopen Jacobus Rye Pale Ale 5.3% Pale Ale A generous handful of hops ensure a spicy, dry and full-flavoured hopped quaffer with an amber colour. Imagine a light version of an IPA.
New Zealand
Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black 6.0% Porter Like a spring thunderstorm: dark, breezy, exhilarating and unsurprisingly wet. It’s near black and malty rich, yet is also fresh and joyously hoppy
Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta 6.5% IPA Judicious amounts of Earl Grey Blue Flower tea to generate an intoxicating floral and citrus aroma with the quenching dry finish of an ice tea
USA
Black Market Brewing Co (California) Claritas 5.8% Kölsch A crisp and authentic German style beer. Pale straw color, featuring fruit-like aromatics alongside those from the malt and hops. Malt sweetness is balanced by hop bitterness, resulting in a smooth, dry, and clean finish.
Mike Hess (San Diego) Aftermath 5.8% IPA A “sessionable IPA” by American standards. Huge hop flavour & aroma from Cascade, Centennial, Citra, Columbus, Mosaic