Nearly there now. The culmination of almost 8 months of toil is less than 9 days away. I just hope it’s worth it.
This is a celebration of beer. But it takes place for a purpose. That is to raise money for the venue. A Community Centre in the heart of Salford.
This event started in 2014 as something intensely personal to me. I’m tangled up in this place, with these people. It’s now part of me. Yes, this event is a celebration of what’s great in UK beer, but it’s about people. People coming together and – in the simple process of drinking great beer – helping the local community.
This year, a whole bunch of people who coalesced as friends through this event have come together to push it, promote it, getting involved in ways I’m certain they never thought they would. These people care about the event, sure. But they care about people. People matter. That’s why I love them.
This isn’t a fancy venue. But there’s soul here. Things happen in places like this all around the country, that are truly great. Humbling things. People get helped. Back onto their two feet. Helping them to help themselves.
I’ve seen it for myself. And it strengthens the ties that bind me here.
Like I said, this isn’t a fancy place. It isn’t an “iconic” structure. There isn’t history. Scenes from “Corrie” may have been filmed here (yes, really!), but nobody will film documentaries ABOUT it. Yet it has a soul. And that’s important, to me at any rate.
As for the event itself.
The food will be prepared onsite. Freshly. It will be – as ever – tasty and wholesome. We could do stuff differently. But we like it like this. It works.
There’ll be somewhere for you to sit, if you want to. Or stand, if that’s your choice. Being comfortable matters.
The beer will be priced reasonably. From (the equivalent of) £3 a pint – at the lower strengths, to £2.50 a third for the “silly” stuff. And we’ve got a bit of that….
There will be the now traditional series of raffles with some generously donated prizes held in the last 3 sessions – as always.
There will be fabulous live tunes. And some enthusiastic – if haphazard – attempts of DJing via laptop, with ‘sensible’ requests considered. As long as it’s Bowie, eh Mike?
But I’m not naive. You want to see the beer list. So, after 8 months of cajoling, mithering, nudging…. It’s just below. It has been a “labour of love”.
The aim has been for each and every beer to be new to Manchester. I’ve tried, but don’t shoot me if one or two slipped through the net. It wasn’t for the want of trying!
|Abbeydale||Methuselah 2||8.1% abv||Barrel Aged Stout with Cocoa nibs, vanilla and Sour Cherries|
|Allgates||Pennygate||4.2% abv||APA (Mosaic / Amarillo)|
|Bad Seed||Bunco||4.3% abv||US Pale Ale (Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook & Comet)|
|Beer Nouveau||Berks Princess||6.3% abv||Dry Stout|
|Black Jack||Rhubarb & Custard||4.5% abv||Rhubarb Brown Saison|
|Blue Bee||Tia Maria Milk Stout||5.7% abv||Milk Stout|
|Bone Machine||Dream Machine||5.2%abv||Oz hopped Pale|
|Brew York||Luke Piehawker||4.8% abv||Pecan Pie Porter|
|Brewsmith||Table Beer||3% ish||Table Beer (Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe)|
|Briggs||Neo Classical||3.9 % abv||Green Hop Session Black IPA (Centennial / Cascade)|
|Cheshire Brewhouse||Govinda (Organic Plumage Archer Malt / Early Keyworth, Jester, Boadecia etc)||6.7%abv||English IPA|
|Cheshire Brewhouse||Govinda (Chevalier Malt / Goldings)||6.7%abv||English IPA|
|Cwrw Ial||Fruit Loop Soup||7% abv||Fruit Salad NE IPA|
|Emmanuales||Beer Thou My Vision||4.5 % abv||Session Pale (Liberty, Azacca, Olicana, Columbus)|
|Five Towns||Always Crashing In The Same Car||8.6% abv||Rhubarb infused Belgian style Tripel – Orval Yeast|
|Five Towns||Breaking Glass||4.8% abv||Pineapple & Coconut Citra Pale (Pina Colada)|
|Howard Town||Lowry’s Vermillion||4.3% abv||US Red Ale (Cascade / Mosaic / Willamette)|
|Lost Industry||5th Shade of Pale||4.8% abv||Pale Ale w/Orange / Lemon fruit Citra DH|
|Mallinsons||Bramling Bramble||3.7%abv||Single Hopped Bramling Cross Pale w/added fresh brambles|
|Marble||Imperial Chocolate Stout||11% abv||Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout|
|Neptune||Run Aground||5.8% abv||Coffee IPA|
|North Riding Brewpub||Chocolate Orange Porter||6.2% abv||Porter|
|North Riding v Steel City||Raspberry Citra (30/09/2017)||4.8%abv||Citra well-hopped Pale with Raspberries|
|Offbeat||Idiosyncratic IPA||4.3%abv||Black IPA (Columbus, Simcoe, Comet)|
|Pictish||Trigo Rojo||4.7% abv||Hibiscus Wheat|
|Rammy Craft||Cascadian RIPA||6.5% abv||Bourbon Oak Aged Cascadian Rye IPA|
|Rat||Sneaky Rat||3.6% abv||Session Pale (Amarillo/Citra)|
|Revolutions||Black Monk Time||7% abv||Belgian Stout|
|Rivington||Never Known A Fog Like It!||5.2% abv||NE Pale Ale|
|Serious||Serious Wit||4%abv||Wheat beer (orange peel & coriander seeds) (V)|
|Squawk||Simcoe Pale (Cryo Hopped w/Ekuanot)||4.2% abv||Pale Ale|
|Thirst Class||Parkin Porter||4.8%abv||Porter|
|Tickety||Raspberry & Pink Peppercorn Wheat||4.5% abv||Wheat Beer|
|Torrside||American Barleywine 2017 (Bourbon barrel aged)||9% abv||Barley Wine|
|Track||Going To The Sun (Specially dry hopped)||7% abv||Dry-hopped NE IPA|
|Turning Point||Sun Empire||4.6% abv||Tropical Pale Ale|
|Wishbone||Night Star 2||5.5%abv||Pale Ale (Mosaic, Ahtenum, Summit)|
|Runaway||East India Porter||5.6% abv||Porter (Yes. Cask!)|
|Abbeydale||Eiffel 65||9% abv||Maple Blueberries IPA. With Sorachi Ace|
|Beatnikz Republic||Tropical Rainforest||6%abv||Tropical Stout|
|Bexar County||We’re All Mad Here||6.1% abv||Deconstructed Cream Tea|
|Brew by Numbers||17/10 Table Saison||3.5% abv||Saison with added fresh ginger.|
|Cloudwater||Happy Seasons||6.5% abv||Lychee Pale (Collab with Jing-A Brewing Co)|
|Elusive||Love Action (12″ Remix)||10% abv||Imperial Blueberry & Vanilla Stout|
|FiveCloud||Aren’t You A Little Short For A Stormtrooper||6% abv||NE IPA|
|Little Earth Project||Sorachi Ace Saison||7.4% abv||Wild Yeast Saison|
|Macc Brew Co||Lemon & Sichuan Pepper Saison||5.5% abv||Saison|
|Mad Hatter||Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree||4.6% abv||Nut Brown Ale|
|Magic Rock||Bearded Lady (Islay Barrel Aged)||10.5% abv||Imperial Stout|
|Marble||Imperial Chocolate Stout||11% abv||Chocolate Milk Stout|
|Mourne||Chinook Lager||5% abv||Lager|
|Northern Alchemy||Birch Syrup Sour||3.2% abv||Sour|
|Pig & Porter||Mango Daiquiri DIPA||10.6% abv||DIPA|
|Runaway||East India Porter||5.8% abv||East India Porter|
|The Kernel||Biere de Saison : Raspberry||4.7% abv||Saison/Sour|
|Twisted Barrel||TBC||Belgian Quad|
|Verdant / Stigbergets||New & Improved IPA||6.5% abv||IPA (heavy Citra /Centennial|
|Vibrant Forest||Castanea||4.5% abv||Mosaic / Centennial Pale|
|Weird Beard||Tequila barrel aged Bearded Nurse||10.2% abv||Tequila barrel aged Barley Wine|
|Wilde Child||Righteous Indignation||7.4% abv||NE IPA|
|Wiper & True/Stillwater /LHG||Vital One||10%abv||Imperial Malted Milk Stout|
|Time & Tide||Echo : Red Burgundy||5.9% abv||Barrel Aged Bretted Saison|
|Hopcraft v Waen?||A Sponge & A Rusty Spanner||4.7% abv||Red Ale (Cascade, Citra, Galaxy Dry hop)|
|Runaway Grub||Lemon Drizzle IPA||5.2% abv||Cake Inspired IPA!|
|Six Degrees North||Bombini||6% abv||Belgian Style Honey Beer|
|Black Jack||Rhubarb and Custard||4.4% abv||Rhubarb Brown Saison|
|Mallinsons||Lady Marmarillo||5.6% abv||Amarillo XL – with a boost!|
And the #EvilKegFilth 5-a-side Collab Series
|Neptune||Twisted Barrel||6.5 % abv||Twisted Thai’d||Thai Spice Saison|
|North Riding||Offbeat||9% abv||D. I. P. A.||DIPA (Originally brewed 2013 with Kuhnhenn Brothers)|
|Torrside||Bexar County||4.5% abv||EPIA||Indian Pale Ale|
|Rivington||Pig & Porter||9.1% abv||Lair Of The Baubai||Fruited Baltic Porter|
|Brewsmith||Elusive||4.5% abv||Nomen Luni||Pale Ale (Centennial, Mosaic, Nugget)|
There you go.
See you next week? Click and WIN! (OK. When I say Win……)