The idea is to collect stickers in a passport-style booklet every time you visit a participating pub and sample a winter warmer ale. Says the SSM CAMRA website, this year’s list of qualifying ales will include “cask conditioned stouts, porters, old ales and barley wines over 4.5%-5% strength. To reflect the increased strength, you only need to drink a half in each pub you visit to participate.”
Complete sticker booklets can be traded in for various prizes: “entry tickets to the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, bottles of beer and t-shirts are up for grabs.” The Winter Warmer Wander carries on until January 11th, but some prizes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so the quicker you get those stickers collected, the better your chance of grabbing the goodies.
A map of participating pubs has been set up on Google Maps and includes over 40 pubs in Altrincham, Cheadle Hulme, Stretford, Fallowfield, Didsbury and Manchester City Centre, as well as Stockport. Plenty to choose from, plenty of beers to sample.