On Yer Bike
In case you hadn’t heard, there is a small (not really) beer festival going on in Manchester at the moment. It’s either the first or the eighth, depending on who you ask. What’s not in dispute is that there are 300 craft (yes, they are calling them that) beers (that’s cask-conditioned, CAMRA approved real ale to me and you) and some 75 ciders and perries to choose from. It’s at the National Cycle Centre or the Velodrome as the ordinary folk call it. You can check all the details here.
The venue: I like it. It’s light and airy and easy to get to. The central bar area makes it easy to get round all the beers and socialise. And the view of the cycling is awesome.The beers: Plenty of choice and a good selection of ciders and perries.
The BadThe venue: The toilets are a Himalayan trek away. This combined with poor signage and communication led to several complaints about lack of disabled access. The lack of central seating didn’t help, either. The organisers have been working to address these issues, but it’s left a bitter taste for some.
The beers: Plenty of choice, but let’s be honest, plenty of fillers. And only CAMRA dogma would insist on putting gravity friendly strong ales on handpump at the expense of other beers.
So should you go?Of course, you’ll enjoy it. And you might even see me.
Top 3 newbies so far: Hand Drawn Monkey Smaller IPA, Weird Beard Decadence Stout, Ilkley Forbidden Fruit.