1st FOR JANUARY SALES

For immediate release:

1st FOR JANUARY SALES

Online tickets available for the biggest ever Manchester Beer & Cider Festival

Lovers of the brewers’ art are poised to snap up guaranteed admission to the North’s biggest celebration of beer & cider. Advance tickets for all days of the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival are on sale from 1st August through the festival’s website. Organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA), the event returns to Manchester Central from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January 2017.

The festival attracts visitors from all over the world to sample some of the very best beers and ciders from the UK’s booming brewing & cider making industries. Foreign beer fans will be well catered for with an excellent selection from Europe and further afield. The 2016 festival featured over 600 different beers & ciders with almost 15,000 beer lovers pouring through the doors of Manchester Central to sample them. Organisers expect ticket demand to be high for the 2017 event.

Plans are in hand to enhance festival-goers’ experience with a series of tutored tastings run by acknowledged beer experts.  As well as a CAMRA membership stand, there will be stalls selling beer memorabilia, books and a selection of food to enjoy or take away.

Festival Organiser Graham Donning said “We’ve listened to feedback from the very successful 2016 event, with visitors telling us they liked the Manchester Central venue. We’ve taken around 30% more of the Central Hall, so will be able to offer even more seating and more space to move around.

“The increased space means we can offer an even wider selection of beers and ciders from Britain and further afield. To ensure we serve over 70,000 pints in tip top condition, we’ll be open to the public for one day less. We’ve also simplified the entry procedures with a single price each day that will minimise any queues inside and outside the venue. Of course, buying tickets in advance is the best way of ensuring drinkers get in quickly to sample what will be a stunning selection of ales.“

With so many visitors from outside the region attracted to the festival, purchasing advance tickets has increased steadily each year. Although a number of tickets were retained for sale on the door in 2016, organisers are reviewing whether the popular sessions – Friday and Saturday – will have to become  all ticket. Their message is that drinkers should not delay.

Tickets for the event are on sale from 1st August via the festival website,  www.mancbeerfest.uk

For further information, contact:
David Rigby
07538 702875
press@mancbeerfest.uk

Notes to editors:
1.   The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
2.   The festival will be open to the public on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2017. Detailed opening times; Thursday 12pm – 10.30pm; Friday 12pm – 10.30pm; Saturday 12pm – 7pm.
3.    Advance tickets for the 2017 festival will go on sale from 9am on Monday 1st August 2016. They can be bought via  mancbeerfest.uk, Eventbrite.co.uk and facebook.com/manchesterbeerfestival.
4. Entry prices now include £3 refundable glass hire and are from £7.
4.  The 2016 festival attracted 14,804 customers to Manchester Central from 20th – 23rd January 2016.
5.    A supporting sample photograph is attached. A large selection is available at  http://mancbeerfest.uk/gallery/
6.    There will be  a trade/CAMRA members only preview evening between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday 18th January. This will incorporate a press reception. Media organisations can be added to the invitation list by contacting press@mancbeerfest.uk
7.    Follow us for all the latest news:  facebook.com/manchesterbeerfestival and @MancBeerFest.


Return to Manchester Central Just The Ticket For Beer Drinkers

29th April 2016

For Immediate Release:

RETURN TO MANCHESTER CENTRAL JUST THE TICKET FOR BEER DRINKERS

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival confirms dates and venue for 2017

Manchester’s biggest celebration of beer & cider is set fair for 2017 and will be better than ever. Organisers the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) have confirmed the event will return to Manchester Central from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January 2017.

The festival attracts visitors from all over the world to sample some of the very best beers and ciders from the UK’s booming brewing & cider making industries. The 2016 festival featured over 600 different beers & ciders with almost 15,000 beer lovers from nine different countries pouring through the doors of Manchester Central to sample them. Organisers expect even more to attend in 2017.

Festival Organiser Graham Donning said: “We are very pleased to be able to return to Manchester Central. The feedback we had from visitors was that it was the perfect venue for an event like ours, with so much space for customers. For 2017, we’ll be using about 30% more of the Central Hall so will be able to offer even more seating and more space to move around.

“We are only in early stages of planning, but we’re looking at serving over 70,000 pints. There will be some changes to the bar layouts to fit all the beer in. With an increased capacity, we’ll be open to the public for one day less which will allow us to serve the same number of people, but keep the beer in better condition.“

Organisers have also confirmed that advance tickets for the event will go on sale on 1st August via the festival website at www.mancbeerfest.uk

ENDS

For further information, contact:

David Rigby
07538 702875
press@mancbeerfest.uk

Notes to editors:

  1. The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival is organised by the Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
  2. The festival opens at Manchester Central from 19th – 21st January 2017. Thursday and Friday hours are noon till 10.30pm. Saturday will be open noon till 7pm.
  3. Advance tickets for the festival go on sale from 1st August 2016. Over 5,000 advance tickets were sold for MBCF 2016.
  4. The 2016 festival was the first to be held at Manchester Central. It attracted 14,894 customers from 20th – 23rd January 2016, far exceeding organisers’ expectations.
  5. A press reception and trade only session will be held on the evening of Wednesday 18th January 2017. Accredited media can be added to the invitation list – please contact press@mancbeerfest.uk

An Evening Of Manchester Meets Barcelona

Three weeks ago, MBCF’s partnership with Barcelona Beer Festival saw a range of beers from five Spanish Breweries arrive at Manchester Central. We were also pleased to welcome brewers from Dougall’s, Bidassoa and Quer breweries to the festival.

While they were here, Carlos Arrecubieta of Bidassoa Basque Brewery headed to Runaway Brewery to brew with head brewer Mark Welsby while Quer Brewery’s Agus Fabregat collaborated with Blackjack Beers

These two beers will shortly be travelling out to Barcelona Beer Festival which opens on 4th March, but you can taste them first when they are launched at The Smithfield Market Tavern (Swan Street, Manchester) on Tuesday 16th February.

Also on the bar will be the third MBCF / BBF collaboration beer, Blackjack’s collaboration with Barcelona’s Garage Brew Co which was brewed in Manchester on 3rd January and thus far has only been available at MBCF16.

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