This festival is hammering its way relentlessly towards us now. Though we don't open until a week on Wednesday, the first beer deliveries will be on Friday this week. Then a lot of anxiety as we pull it all together in an unfamiliar venue and even more anxiety as we wait to see if anyone shows up. The trade session a week on Wednesday will be preceded by a small cavalcade advertising the event, with two horse drawn drays - thanks Thwaites and Robinsons and a vintage double decker bus from Wells and Youngs Brewing, which will be on site all week.
But this is about beer, so a few highlights for you:
Cask: Acorn Gorlovka Stout, Brew Dog Punk IPA, Coniston No.9 Barley Wine, Dark Star Critical Mass, Hydes 4X Strong Ale, Otley O8, Phoenix West Coast IPA, Robinson's Old, Ginger and Chocolate Tom, Holmfirth IPA, Thornbridge St Petersberg.
Foreign Draught: Bernard Dark, Andechs Spezial Hell, Augustiner Edlestoff, Beck Brau Affumikator (unfiltered smoked trippel), Keesman Herren Pils, Lowenbrau Buttenheim Bock, Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock, Vierzehnheiligen Silberbock, Uerige and Schumacher Alt.
Real Ale In A Bottle: Dunham Massey Winter Warmer, Durham Bede's Chalice, Temptation, Fullers Vintage Ale, Titanic Stout, Worthington White Shield.
Foreign Bottles: De Prael Nelis, Emelise Double IPA, Jopen Bokbier, Servatummus Winterkunninkske, Karg Weizenbock, Schneider Eisbock and Danish beers from Indslev, Orbaek, Randers, Rise and Svaneke Bryghus. And that's just my highlights. There is so much more. If you take your beer seriously, you really NEED to be there!
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer writer, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival from 2013 to date. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink.
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