Welcome to the Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA Branch

We are a very active branch of some 1,550 pub, beer and cider lovers drawn from the south of Manchester and most of the old county borough of Stockport. For full details of boundary see the Area section of the About us tab by clicking here.

Our activities vary from social outings to beer festival, through regular monthly consumer surveying (better known as a Meanders or Stagger), to campaigning about endangered beer types. For more information click here.

Fancy yourself as an ace reporter? Why not help with our award winning monthly magazine Opening Times. With at least 16, and often 24 A4 pages of copy required articles are always welcome. More details here.

A Little Help Required

… a little being the operative word.

Stockport & South Manchester Branch now has some 1,600 members. Like most volunteer organisations, it is a small handful of people that do all the work, which at times gets a little tedious.

I can't believe that out of such a large membership there are not a few more bodies who couldn't spare the odd hour once or twice a year. How about a stroll around your local pubs and shops and putting up Beer Festival posters. What about an hour helping erect all that metalwork which forms the stillage for the beer at the Festival. No skill is required, it clips together in an {almost} fool-proof manner, it doesn't even require big muscles.

Do you know it takes around 160 full time people to run the Festival? That is only 10% of our branch membership but we are dependent on people from other branches to staff it!

Come on lads and lasses, get involved. That 'handful' of volunteers mean you are well looked after in this Branch. Don't take that 'handful' for granted — they will not be with us forever.


To miss quote Mr W Churchill;

"Never in Stockport Beer Festival,
      was so much owed,
            by so many,
                  to so few."

David Sharpe — one of the Few

Pub of the Month

With around 400 pubs to choose from in the Branch area, to be chosen for this award a pub has to have done something outstanding.

A number of contenders are considered, with a winner emerging after, a sometimes exhaustive, selection process. That is the hard part over, now to the presentation of the award. This takes place (usually) on the fourth Thursday of the month starting at 8pm.


The Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA Pub of the Month for February 2017 is the Mounting Stone at 8 Woodford Road, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 1JJ Map and it will be presented from 8pm onwards on Thursday 23rd February 2017.

For a fuller description of why this pub is Pub Of the Month read the full article.

Winter Warmer Wander


Did you take part?


Don't forget:

     collect your reward(s)

     from the Crown, Heaton Lane

     26th February

     4pm to 6pm

Call in at the Crown, Heaton Lane, Stockport, SK4 1AR in person on 26th February between 4pm and 6pm to pick up your prizes and to let the organisers have your feedback.

 

This year Robinson's, brewer of the world beating Old Tom, have offered to sponsor the event. This means those eligible for a beer will be presented with a bottle of Old Tom (while stocks last - so get your cards in early).

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 18th - 21st January 2017

Manchester Exhibition Centre (formerly known as GMEX), Windmill Street, Manchester M2 3GX Map

Manchester's premier festival returns again to the Manchester Exhibition Centre/GMEX. It could not be easier to get there with the opening of St Peter's Square tram stop and being adjacent to both Deansgate Metro and Rail station. After the success of the 2016 Festival even more of the hall will be used to allow more beer, seating and catering.

Get all the details on their dedicated web site

Diary of Events

Here is the current "live" Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA Branch's Google diary


If you wish to open it as a separate window click here

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Better known as CAMRA - The Beer Drinkers Champion

Do you want good beer, served in pleasant, friendly surroundings and at a fair price? So do we! That's why CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, continues to fight on behalf of you, the British drinker.

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CAMRA's Campaigns

Good beer: CAMRA promotes traditional ales through awards to those who brew or sell them at their best, through 150 annual beer festivals, and through the best-selling Good Beer Guide.

Pubs: With dozens of pubs lost or altered every week CAMRA fights the crass vandalism to your heritage. CAMRA also helps obtain Listed Building status for historic pubs, and promote the importance of "the local" to the community it serves.

Consumer rights: CAMRA campaigns for a fair deal for you the customer, on issues such as full-measure legislation and licensing reform. We act as a vigorous consumer voice in Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels.

Choice: CAMRA promotes independent brewers so you can have something other than national brands. We fight for a licensee's right to stock a guest beer which is free of any outside influence so that landlords can stock what THEY (and you their customers) want to drink.

 

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