Wednesday, 28 July 2010

A Date for Diaries



The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) will be holding their SIBA (North) National Beer Competition judging panels in Manchester for the first time ever. SIBA Council has reached an agreement with CAMRA to run their major tasting event in the Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester from 28th – 30th October. Following the judging on Thursday 28th, the event will then open to the public at 4pm to 10.30pm as a SIBA Beer Festival in association with CAMRA.

Some 300 cask beers from the 128 SIBA North members will cover a wide range of styles and after judging will be available for purchase. There will also be a quantity of bottled beers available to buy following the bottled beer competition. Competition winners will be announced during the early public session. The event, in the (very) Grand Room at the Palace Hotel will be open 12 noon to 10. 30pm Friday and Saturday. A major departure from normal CAMRA festivals is that all beers will be served from hand pumps – 48 beers available at any one time – with, yes - wait for it – a sparkler and a clean pint to line glass for every fill!

This promises to be a very exciting and different event. A lot of the details are still being worked out, but yours truly will be (God help me) responsible for the training of the volunteers in pouring a pint through a sparkler. All the beer will be cooled to cellar temperature and the handpumps and cooling will be set up by SIBA Technical Services, so it should all be spot on.


Hopefully we are in for a fantastic do, with magnificent cask ales from the North, served in proper Northern style through a tight sparkler and conditioned and cooled to perfection. Be there or be square! It is one not to miss.

12 comments:

Barry said...

Bit far off, but it's in the diary.

Tandleman said...

Well at least someone is interested Baz.

Sid Boggle said...

Can you get Cookie as guest of honour? He could cut the ribbon...

Tandleman said...

Umm. Nice guy and all that, but why would anyone?

Paul Bailey said...

The SIBA South East Festival was held locally, a fortnight ago, and was a great success.

Hope the Northern one goes as well.

RedNev said...

SIBA festivals in Southport have always been very good.

ChrisM said...

Sounds fun, I'll be there to lend a hand hopefully. Good luck with the training - herding cats springs to mind :-D Will *all* beers be served with a sparkler, though, even those that are so lively that they don't need one, or where the brewer specifically brews it for without?

Tandleman said...

Chris - Well it is SIBA insistence that we do it this way - good lads they are - but of course we'll have to make judgements on the day if something is too lively. It would seem unlikely though that any SIBA North member will not want his beer sparkled. If he or she does specify thus, I guess we'll be told that too.

As for training? Nightmare!

Baron Orm said...

Any idea if they need any newbie judges? I'd love to give real beer rating a go and Manchester is not that far from Ormskirk!

Reanna said...

Mmmm.Hands on training from Tandleman...Who could resist that???

Tyson said...

Just be careful when he asks you to play "Hunt the Sparkler".

Tandleman said...

That's a real party favourite along with hide the handpump.