The winners of this year's CAMRA Chamption Beer of the North West awards were announced during the trade session at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival yesterday afternoon, following a morning of sampling, judging and decision-making.
Next year's CAMRA Northern Super-Regional Conference will be held at Moorhouse's Brewery in Burnley on February 28th, starting at mid-day.
I'm very happy to say that I learned a lot from Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey's Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer, a thoroughly-researched, very well presented history of the last five decades of brewing, pub culture and beer in this green and pleasant land.
It's the August Bank Holiday this weekend, the weather forecast isn't too terrible, and there are plenty of beery goings-on to tempt your tastebuds and take your mind off having to go back to work on Tuesday.
Welcome to this weekend's What's On Round-Up; the late May Bank Holiday edition. Even if you don't spot a beer festival or pub event near you that you'd like to go to, don't forget to support your local at least once this three-day weekend!