|October 28, 2010 4:00 pm||to||October 30, 2010 10:30 pm|
Check out photos from the beer competition – click here
THE SOCIETY OF INDEPENDENT BREWERS (SIBA)
in association with
The Palace Hotel & CAMRA (Manchester)
October 28th to 30th 2010
The Great Northern Beer Festival is a celebration of the modern revolution in British brewing as a result of which there are now more breweries than in most of our lifetimes.
This festival is unusual in several ways. It is run by the brewers themselves — SIBA (The Society of Independent Brewers) which represents most British breweries, big and small. There are more than a hundred SIBA breweries in The North region.
The festival begins on Thursday with SIBA North’s annual beer competition.
300 casks have been entered, and 120 bottled beers.
When the blind-tasting judging is complete the doors will be opened to the public at 4pm on the Thursday (Oct 28th.) Winners in 8 cask beer and 5 bottled beer categories will be announced soon after.
The festival will be open 4 – 1030 Thurs; 12 – 1030 Fri & Sat.
The venue is The Grand Room in the iconic city centre Palace Hotel, where an entire temporary beer cellar is to be built from scratch. It is a Northern beer festival and so the draught beers will be served “in the Northern manner,” via hand pumps with sparklers, to produce a creamy head. This alone makes this beer exhibition unique.
The festival is only possible because of a close partnership between SIBA North, The Palace Hotel and the organisers of CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival also held in Manchester.
The Curragh Sons -Irish band. link
The Polkanauts -Polka rock from Colorado. Link
Dr Butlers Hatstand Medicine Band – Manchester 8 piece Blues/Ragtime/Jazz band. link
The Baghdaddies – blistering brass, rousing 5 part vocal harmonies and a rhythm section that you can’t keep still to. link
£5 Thurs and Friday
Discount to those carrying a CAMRA membership card and to SIBA members