Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival: New Collaboration Beers On the Way

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival 2015 logoAttendees at this year’s Manchester Beer and Cider Festival – which is taking over the Velodrome and Concourse at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester from the 21st to 24th January this year – will be able to sample a number of brand new, collaborative beers brewed especially for the festival.

Here’s a quick summary of the new beers announced so far:

Tandem – a 4.4% ABV “pale & hoppy brew featuring two malts & two hops – Pacific Gem from New Zealand and Cascade from the USA”, brewed by Paul Wesley of Pictish Brewing and Manchester Beer and Cider Festival bar manager Caroline O’Donnell.

Honey Badger – ABV t.b.c, described as “Pale amber coloured with aromatic malt, light hops & sweet honey”, brewed by Amanda Sesson of Wilson Potter and Alex Lord of Outstanding Beers.

Betting Cap – “a very hoppy amber ale made with the Belgian yeast … and Galaxy, Chinook, Belma and Columbus hops” brewed by Ilkley Brewery and Black Jack Brewery‘s Rich Andrews.

Devil’s Bilge Water – a “smokey porter style beer” described as “a bit of a beast” at 7% ABV, concocted by Elixir Brew Co. and Atom Beers.

• Listeners of Real Radio XS will be given the opportunity to name a new beer – “a golden session ale combining hops from Britain & Germany” brewed by the station’s Steve Berry with Shane and Wayne at Blackedge Brewery.

• An as-yet un-named, hop-heavy IPA by Matt Clarke of Hawkshead Brewery and Matthew Howgate of Marble Brewery… “Think a mash up of Lagonda IPA and Cumbrian Five Hop… lots of hops!”

• Another as yet unnamed “dark and fruity beer” to be brewed by Dan Tasker of Bridestones Brewing and Michelle Kelsall of Offbeat Brewery.

A few more collaborative brews are on the way as well. See for more information on all of the above.