After a break due to various council
machinations, Oldham Beer Festival is back at its usual venue, the Queen
Elizabeth Hall, next to Oldham Bus Station. As always the festival
will be run by my CAMRA Branch in conjunction with the Mayor of Oldham's
Charity Appeal. We are concentrating on local beers this year with one
or two special requests. My contribution was a request for Stringers.
Hooray for me!
The list of breweries is as follows: Acorn,Bank
Top, Brightside, Dark Star, Elland, Green Mill, Greenfield, Hawkshead,
Irwell Works, Lees, Leyden,Little Valley, Liverpool Craft, Mallinsons,
Millstone, Otley, Outstanding, Pictish, Purple Moose, Redwillow,
Saddleworth, Saltaire, Stringers, Wilson Potter, Wright. There will be traditional cider as well as foreign beers too.
will be looking after the beer and the bar, thus putting my reputation
on the line. As always at these do's, there are lots of constraints, so
it is difficult to get things right, but I'll be doing my best to
present the beers as well as possible. Due to the lack of ability to
wash glasses, regrettably (due to hygiene restrictions), there will be
no sparklers. That's one of the constraints. A bitter blow I know.
So, if you are in the area, get your weary bones along and do come and say hello. It should be a good do I reckon.
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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