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Monday, 22 November 2010

Bury Beer Festival

The lights have been dimmed and the suppings all over. Yes, Bury Beer Festival 2010 has come to an end. Around 100 beers from a wide variety of breweries have been on offer at the Met on Market St over this last weekend. Oh and not forgetting some cider and perry.

The CAMRA bar at the festival was manned by some familiar looking faces, whilst the beer was a mix of old favourites and new friends. Marble Bitter stood alongside Mallinsons Hcmf//ale which was what you would expect from Mallinsons-light, fruity and hop edged. Their Chocolate Stout was even better.

Meanwhile Crown Brewery’s Stannington Stout also proved pleasing with its mix of espresso and bitter chocolate. Their 5.1% Sam Berry IPA, described as a “dark IPA”, did puzzle some as it wasn’t actually dark.

The undoubted hop monster, hiding like the elephant in the room, was Steel City’s Nightmare on Henry St which, with 8kg of Amarillo & Cascade etc in it, certainly packed a punch.

Swiftly passing over the Leyden bar (as most people did), the main talking point was Irwell Works Brewery. Barely going a week, Bury’s latest brewery had three beers on offer. The most popular of these was Copper Plate (3.8%) which was a traditional Bitter (i.e. actually bitter) made up of five hops. They also had Pilot Pale (4%) and Steam Plate (4.3%) on offer.

Such a selection attracted punters and the glitterati from far and near. Not least the leader of the Stockport Massive, John Clarke. Although I am legally obliged to point out this was only because he made a wrong turning whilst out buying food for his pet carcajou. He is not, has never been and will never be, associated with any form of ticking. Oh no.

So, apart from the din on Saturday night: Blues does not have to make your ears ring, a successful festival. From the punters side, anyway.

19 comments:

Tandleman said...

"Over 100 beers from some 20 breweries" Shome mishtake Shirley? Many more than that.

Tyson said...

Breweries, you mean? Well I didn't count them-I was going off the press release. However, in the cold, sober, reality of morning, yes of course there were many more. Duly amended.

James said...

Really enjoyed it. It was good to put some faces to the names. A lot of good beer but my favourite beer had to be Jaipur though.

Martin F said...

Definitely better than last year. Great to see the likes of Brewdog,Marble & Dark Star all in one place.Pies were good as well.

crownbrewerstu said...

hello, Samuel Berry's pale ale is the description I use, it used to be labelled as "Strong IPA" but I don't think was right considering the strength of IPA's I have brewed.

BLUESMAN said...

That was real BLUES You just couldn't handle it

Paul Meakin said...

What I couldn't understand was the different pricing structure. Why was the Camra bar so much more expensive than the others?

Anonymous said...

Is that handsome guy in the photo don Ricardo?

DR Doolittle said...

There WERE 49 brewers exhibiting their ALES at the Bury Beer Festival.

Tandleman said...

Paul - We weren't for many beers, but don't forget local brewers on their own stand can skin us on wholesale and therefore price. Likewise rent and share of profits had to be paid, while for the Met, obviously,. it didn't. And we can't afford to lose members money.

Also the step up in quality was a bonus worth paying.

craig said...

it's a pity that not only was the cmara bar more expesnive, the better beer was on the other bars

Tandleman said...

Craig - You are talking rubbish.

Phil said...

I didn't know JC had a pet carcajou!

Anonymous said...

I notice there aren't any pictures of tandleman doing any work.You'd need a very fast camera to catch that.

Tyson said...

Anon

Is that handsome guy in the photo don Ricardo?

Not sure who you mean, but from that description, no.

Phil

Apparently it followed him home after a particularly wild night in the badlands of Hazel Grove.

Tandleman said...

Anon - As Billy Connolly would say "you need an agent. Why hide in the dark handling yourself!"

Sian said...

I thought it was all good---except for the music. Sometimes less is more:)

Dave B said...

Is it true that Tandleman has now got his own beer?

michael willis said...

The Mallinsons chocolate beer was lovely but congratulations to Irwell Works for winning beer of the festival. Copper Plate was a step back in time in many ways but using 5 hops obviously pays off. There was none in the Trackside though.