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Nantwich Beer Festival

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Recent Festivals

Just to give you an idea, where details of upcoming Festivals have not yet been announced,
this is a listing of last year's events in the Cheshire area.
For those Beer Festivals where we do have details, follow this link.

Grappenhall Beer Festival
21-22 May 2004
Community Centre, Bellhouse Farm, Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall

Warrens (formerly the AP Club)
Holmes Chapel
Beer Festival & Fun Day
19th June
Around 10 beers; CAMRA Supported

Mobberley Victory Hall
3rd Beer Festival
24th-25th July
This year's theme was "CHESHIRE ALES" featuring ales from Beartown, Khean, Storm & Weetwood
approx 20 beers
Rock Disco, Bowls Competition, BBQ
Tel 01565-872451

The Third Annual Dog Beer Festival
31st July and 1st of August.
The Dog Inn, Wellbank Lane, Peover Heath, near Knutsford
With a selection of over 20 different Real Ales
food, pub games, and a CAMRA membership stand.
On Saturday Evening, Jug o' Punch, the five piece Irish band performed in the marquee.

Ship, Wincle
August Bank Holiday Weekend 27-30 August
British Cheese Week; Hog Roast on the Sunday
CAMRA Supported

Northwich Beer Festival
Friday-Saturday 17-18 September 2004
Joint with CAMRA
Memorial Hall, Chester Way, Northwich
Admission by ticket only, available in advance:

Warrington ~ Oktoberfest
October 2004
All proceeds to local charities
07773 361213

Royal British Legion Club
40 Real Ales
CAMRA supported
October / November

Barnton Cricket Club Beer Festival
Friday 19 & Saturday 20 November 2004

Wilkies Tavern Beer Festival
Friday 26 November 2004

Ferry Tavern Beer Festival
Friday 3 to Sunday 5 December 2004

Frodsham Winter Ales Festival
Friday-Saturday 7-8 January 2005
- Church Hall, Frodsham

National Winter Ales Festival
26th-29th January

Sponsored by the Manchester Evening News, this was the biggest Winter Ale festival in the North West, with a new venue in the heart of the most vibrant city in the UK.

As well as promoting appreciation of winter ales, the main event was the 2005 Champion Winter Beer of Britain Awards. Overall winner was locally brewed Robinson's Old Tom. The National Winter Ales Festival featured a huge range of draught and bottled real ales, ciders, perries as well as draught and bottled foreign beers. Beer quality was excellent.

Congleton Leisure Centre Beer Festival
9-12 March 2005

This was a success, with excellent quality beer in a venue that is becoming synonymous with good cask beer. Favourite of the festival was Midnight Stout from the new Cheshire brewery, Woodlands of Wrenbury.

Macclesfield Beer Festival
Macclesfield Rugby Club, Faulkners Lane
6-7 May 2005

Saturday lunchtime; free admission (Beer Lovers' Session)
Pub Games, Lots of room, families welcome.

Approx 100 Real Ales
of every conceivable style, including Milds, Bitters, Old Ales, Stouts, Porters, Wheat beers and Fruit beers.
Traditonal Ciders, too
Soft drinks available for nominated drivers.

Full details are on the Festival's own Web-site

The Marquee, Chester Rugby Club, Hare Lane, Vicars Cross, Chester.
May 19-21 (Thursday-Saturday)
Chester & South Clwyd CAMRA in association with Chester Grosvenor Round Table.
Proceeds to local charities.

Tickets: £5 Thursday, £7 Friday & Saturday including commemorative glass.

Edgeley Park Football Stadium
Thursday 2nd June - Saturday 4th June 2005

Organised by CAMRA, the Campaign For Real Ale
Over 100 beers, ciders and perrys - Full Pints Guaranteed
CAMRA members get in free at all sessions.

100 Beers, Ciders and Perries
Hot and Cold food
Families welcome at all times
Quiet areas at all times
Festival Charity - Beechwood Cancer Care Centre

visit the informative Website

Holly Tree Farm Open Day
Holly Tree Farm Shop, on the A556, Tabley, close to Junction 19 M6 and Knutsford

Sunday 26th June
A wide range of draught and bottled real ales.
CAMRA stall.
Last time, we had a great time giving out free samples of cask beer to the happy visitors.
Craft hall with 20+ stands,
Army display team with climbing wall, tanks and other goodies,
Ferret racing, Gundog training,
Falconry displays (including flying displays), Bee-keeping displays,
4-Wheel drive demonstrations, competitions and "Have A Go" sections,
Good Food tasting, Farmhouse Teas,
Sheep shearing, Chef Demonstrations and many other attractions.
Holly Tree Farm Shop is well-known as one of the best stockists of Real Ale in a Bottle in the North-West.

Bhurtpore Inn Beer Festival
Aston, near Nantwich
5th-10th July 2005
Free Entry
Opening Times
Tue: 6.30-11pm
WedY, Thu & Fri: 12 noon-2.30; 6.30-11pm
Sat: 12 noon-11pm
Sun: 12 noon-10.30pm

ALL ENQUIRIES RING: 01270 780917
Special trains from Manchester & Cardiff; 12 minutes walk from Wrenbury Station
Don't forget that the Bhurtpore, situated in Aston village,
is only about 15 minutes walk from Wrenbury station.
Even less if you follow the two public footpaths en route [weather and wildlife permitting].
If you have never been then make it your business to visit at least once.
There is a good rail service to Crewe and points north and to Shrewsbury and points south.
You do not have to drink and drive.

Knutsford Beer Festival
Knutsford Sports Club
Sunday 28th September

CAMRA Supported

The Ship Inn, Wincle
Nr Macclesfield
3rd Annual Beer Festival

Friday 26th-Monday 29th August 2005
(August bank holiday weekend)

Over 30 real ales, ciders & perries
Including this years GBBF champions

*Live music Saturday & Sunday nights*
*Great local food served all day*
*Hog roast Monday*
*stunning Peak District setting*

Tel 01260 227217

Swettenham Arms
Swettenham, near Congleton
"1st ever Beer Festival".

23rd, 24th and 25th September 2005
20 additional beers plus one cider and one perry.
Live music on Saturday night, BBQ
Marquee in the Lavender & Sunflower Meadow.
Free admission.

4th Nantwich Beer Festival
Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich
Friday-Sunday 23-25 September 2005
Friday evening; Saturday lunch & evening; Sunday lunch
CAMRA supported
Part of Nantwich Food and Drink Festival
This terrific event's fourth year,
very popular with locals and beer lovers alike.
This very popular CAMRA event featured locally produced beers and ciders
from Cheshire's sixteen local breweries including Titanic, Beartown and Coach House.
plus brews from Staffordshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Liverpool and Manchester.

With more than 60 beers and ciders, this was Cheshire's biggest and best beer festival!

Details of beers and ciders will be available on the dedicated Website in August.

Hanging Gate Mini Beer Festival

Friday 30th September 6.00-11.00pm
Saturday 1st October 6.00-11.00pm
Sunday 2nd October 12.00-3.00pm
Hanging Gate, Higher Sutton,Macclesfield SK11 0NG.
Tel 01260 252238
(in a small marquee with bar at the front of the pub)

Railway View Beer Festival
7th and 8th April
8 beers on at all times ,
Live Music on Friday evening.

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