Of course you do. Everyone likes a really good do, so why the heck not? There will be beer too. Lots of it. There will be 254 cask ales at this shindig, with "got to try" beers such as Liverpool Organic's Imperial Russian Stout, Wapping's Damson Stout, Adnam's Tally Ho and Thornbridge St Petersburg to keep the winter chill out and to thrill you skinny. Or maybe you'd like something pale and hoppy? Suits You Sir. So how about a splash or two of Phoenix Navvy, Lancaster Blonde, or Marble 3.9? "Something unusual" I hear you demand, so why not have a go at Amber Ales Chocolate Orange Stout, Robinson's Ginger Tom, Dunham Massey Chocolate Cherry Mild or even Hopstar Smokey Joe?
Want to try unusual breweries that you don't often come across? That's fine too, with Irwell Works, Derwent, Tunnel, Fallons and Flipside to name but a few. Want to try some fantastic British Bottled Beer? Of course you do and with beers such as Worthington White Shield, Hardknott Infra Red and Dark Matter, Durham Temptation and many more, you'd be daft not to. If it's foreign beer you'd like, this party has it too, with Belgian classics from Cantillon, Boon, Orval, Rochefort and Oud Beersel (among others), Festbiers, smoked beers, bockbiers and weizen's from Germany on tap and in bottle, draught Czech classics like Budvar and Bernard on draught, more cider and perry than you can shake a stick at and much, much more. I think you get the picture by now.
This vast cornucopia of the brewer's art will be at the National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester from the 19th to the 22nd of January. All will be sold at sensible Northern prices in a fantastic venue with great transport links, reduced price fares on the buses to and from and great food. We expect record crowds, a fantastic time and the best National Winter Ales Festival ever. It's all on the web site.
I hope to see as many bloggers and followers there as possible, so do come and do say "hello".
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. He also judges beer at both the International Beer Challenge and the World Beer Awards.
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