The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival is the North’s biggest and takes place at Manchester Central between 24th and 26th January. It is promoted by the Campaign for Real Ale, the UK’s largest consumer pressure group. 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary since the former rail station saw its last locomotive. And with 750 or so different drinks, there’s bound to be something to whet all whistles.
The festival beer and cider orderers never disappoint with a selection which will feature specially commissioned beers, collaborations, and ales rarely, if ever, seen in Greater Manchester. For the first time, there will also be a gin bar. Also new for 2019 will be a bar featuring beers all served from the wood. Advance tickets are available via the website.
– History about Manchester beer festival:
Now in its sixth year, the festival sprung from the National Winter Ales Festival which ran in the city for almost a decade. Most of the locally-based organizing team decided to promote a festival to showcase Manchester as a great beer city. After a successful two years at the National Cycling Centre, the festival took the big decision to set up in the vast space of Manchester Central (which will never shake off its former name of G-Mex). The central location in the heart of the city proved to be a popular move for visitors and, to the relief of the organizers, a good commercial choice, too. The festival has a winning formula, evidenced by the record-breaking attendance of 15,558 in 2018. But organizers, mainly drawn from the nine Greater Manchester CAMRA branches, carefully examine trends to refresh the parts other festivals can’t reach.
The ultimate German experience! For three days and nights, all types and brands of beer are served at a mile-long festival in the Friedrichshain district.
The International Beer Festival (Biermeile) celebrates the national drink of Germany with a three day folk festival. Along a section of Karl-Marx-Allee in the Friedrichshain district between underground stations Strausberger Platz and Frankfurter Tor, about 350 breweries from almost 90 countries serve approximately 2,400 different beer specialities.
German folk festival with beer and music
The festival ground is divided into areas according to the geographical origins of the beers. Among them are several German states such as Bavaria, Saxony, Westphalia and Thuringia but also places much further away like Vietnam and Japan. Various stages along the street offer live music, shows and entertainment programmes. Hungry visitors will find a selection of German and international culinary delights on the beer mile.