Stockport Beer Week

Thursday 21st September to Sunday 1st October 2017

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11 days of beer

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Stockport Beer Week is back again for the third year. Coordinated by Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA, the event runs from 21st September to 1st October in conjunction with National Cask Ale Week.

There will be a full programme of events during the week, many of which are currently still being finalised. However already confirmed are the popular week-long Ale Trail, a Beer Festival at Robinson's Brewery Visitor Centre on 22nd & 23rd September and another Beer Festival at the Remedy Bar starting on 28th September to the end of the week.

Why not test your knowledge of the town at the Grand Stockport Quiz at the Spinning Top on Sunday 24th? Organised by Stockport County Supporters' Collective, it will cover the town's sporting connections as well as its pubs, heritage and music. The quiz will be followed by an evening of music by some of Stockport's most exciting bands.

There will also be pub cellar tours, a historic pub walk where you can learn about some the colourful history of Stockport's long lost pubs between Tiviot Dale and the Market Place and a heritage pub crawl visiting the three town centre pubs on the National Inventory of Historic Interiors. There will also be beer and cider tastings and meet the brewer evenings.

Watch a video of the Stockport Beer Week organiser at the press launch

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All week events

Robinsons Visitor Centre
"Two for the price of one" on brewery tours. Only applies to pre-booked tours.
Book online here https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/brewery-experience

Stockport Ale Trail
We have 20 pubs taking part on the trail, of which 12 must be visited, including (at least) 4 from the Robinsons estate, to claim your Stockport Beer Week t-shirt. Here is the full list of participating outlets:
Robinsons
Arden Arms, Armoury, Bakers Vault, Blossoms, Queens, Red Bull, Robinsons Visitors Centre, Swan with Two Necks.
Independants
Boars Head, Cocked Hat, Crown, Fairway, Hope, Magnet, Midland, Olde Vic, Petersgate Tap, Railway (Wellington Road North), Remedy Bar, Sun and Castle.

Full details, map and downloadable entry sheet here.

Thanks to Robinsons for sponsoring this event and contribution the commemorative t-shirt.

Thursday 21st September

Pub of the Month Presentation and Launch event
Starting at 8pm in the Petersgate Tap and including the unveiling of the Stockport Beer Week Beer specially brewed by Thirst Class Ales. What to know more about this and other Thirst Class Ales? then come along on Tuesday 26th September to meet the brewer.

Wetherspoons
Local Beer Festival at Calverts Court, 13 St Petersgate SK1 1EB - starts 6pm and runs until Sunday (unless the beer runs out beforehand!) but closes at 12midnight today.
Join our own Wetherspoons as they hold their very first festival of local and special beers. Expect an extra stillage of barrels as well as the usual hand-pumps on the bar.

Friday 22nd September

Robinsons Brewery Visitors Centre Beer Festival
Apsley Street, SK1 1YE .Open 3pm - 11pm. £5 entry (£4 in advance). CAMRA members £4 on the door on production of current membership card. Advance tickets from the brewery 0161 612 4100 or events@frederic-robinson.co.uk.
20+ beers including many from local breweries and cider too. Music from 6.30pm
Entrance price includes a souvenir glass. If you don't want to keep the glass, you can claim £1 refund on returning the glass in good condition. Token system for beer purchases. Food available.

Download the beer list HERE.

Wetherspoons
Local Beer Festival at Calverts Court, 13 St Petersgate SK1 1EB, all day from 9am to 1am.


Stop press - Wetherspoons Beer Festival
Now starting Wednesday 27th and running until Sunday 1st October

Historic Pubs Walk - Tiviot to Market Place
Starts at 7pm and is planned to finish at 8pm. Meet at Lancashire Bridge, Bridge Street, SK1 1XU outside Barclays Bank. No booking required. Charge £1 - payable on the night.
Led by one of Stockport's leading historians, this popular walk follows a different route to last year. Learn about some of the pubs of Old Stockport - and afterwards why not enjoy some of them that still exist on the Heritage Pub Crawl?

Heritage Pub Stagger

Visit three Stockports pubs with historic and architectural interiors. Starts at 8.30pm in the Swan with Two Necks on Prince's Street (approximatly opposite Marks & Spencers), continues with the Queen's Head/Turners Vaults (Underbank beneath the Petersgate bridge) at approx. 9.15pm and finishing at the Arden Arms (behind ASDA on New Bridge Lane) at an estimated 10pm.

Saturday 23rd September

Wetherspoons
Local Beer Festival at Calverts Court, 13 St Petersgate SK1 1EB, all day from 9am to 1am.


Stop press - Wetherspoons Beer Festival
Now starting Wednesday 27th and running until Sunday 1st October

Robinsons Brewery Visitors Centre Beer Festival
Apsley Street, SK1 1YE .Open 11am - 11pm. £5 entry (£4 in advance). CAMRA members £4 on the door on production of current membership card. Advance tickets from the brewery 0161 612 4100 or events@frederic-robinson.co.uk.
20+ beers including many from local breweries and cider too. Music from 1pm
Entrance price includes a souvenir glass. If you don't want to keep the glass, you can claim £1 refund on returning the glass in good condition. Token system for beer purchases. Food available.

Market Place Cellar Tours
Duration approx 30 minutes. No booking required, just turn up (subject to space). No charge.
* NOTE - All cellar tours are at own risk and involve climbing stairs and some low ceilings. Although the lighting is mostly good, participants may wish to bring a torch.

Two tours of the Boars Head, 2 Vernon Street, Market Place, SK1 1TY at 12:00 noon and 1:15pm.
This Samuel Smith's pub is a friendly community pub on the Market Place. It only serves one cask beer, Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter, which comes in large wooden barrels and is always in excellent condition. Have a look at what goes on in the cellar of a good working pub.

Two tours of the Bakers Vaults, Market Place at 12:30pm and 1:45pm.
The Baker's Vaults was reinvigorated by a thorough refurbishment in mid-2014. Although a single, large room, it is an architecturally impressive space, rebuilt in the late 19th C in the 'gin palace' style. The site is on the foundations of the old Stockport Castle and during the refurbishment various tunnels were discovered in the cellar.

Sunday 24th September

Robinsons Brewery Visitors Centre Beer Festival
Apsley Street, SK1 1YE . Only if there is any beer left. Open 10:30am - 4pm. Admission Free.
If there are any festival beers left, Robinsons will be selling them off as well as having beers on the normal visitor centre bar.

Stockport Quiz & Music Evening
Spinning Top, 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA - How well do you know Stockport? Take part in the Stockport County Supporters' Co-operative Quiz between 5:30pm and 7:30pm followed by music form local musicians in the evening.

£2 a head entry to the Quiz with a maximum team size of 5, but individuals can also have a go. And it's free to spectate!

Think you know about your local town? Why not prove it and win some beer to boot! All questions are about places, people and events connected with the town, and will cover areas such as Local Knowledge, History, Entertainment, Famous Stopfordians & Local Sport with a picture round on the town's pubs. Even though this event is raising funds for the Stockport County Supporters' Co-operative, don't panic; not all the sport questions will be about football! Local beers and ciders will be featured and hot food will be available from 7pm @ £2 a plate.

Long-time County Supporter Lee Renshaw will be playing acoustic Britpop covers from 8pm to help you wind down after your efforts!

Please note that the main road outside the venue is closed for major works. However, pedestrian access is maintained.

Monday 25th September

Historic Beer Talk - CHEMISTS, DRUGGISTS AND BEER DOCTORS
given by Dr James Sumner at the Railway, 74 Wellington Road North, SK4 1HF, starts 7:30pm. Approximately 1 hour duration. Admission free.
And now for something new and completely different in this great community pub on the Slope! Brewery historian Dr James Sumner from the University of Manchester will take us through the stranger practices of 19th century beer making with a live demonstration of the old-style art of the 'beer doctors'. Chemical additives were a widespread feature of 19th century brewing. Heralded as great innovations by brewers, they were viewed with suspicion by drinkers who saw the traditional goodness of malt and hops under threat. And while panics about fatal poisonings scared the public and tax-dodging worried the authorities, the courts were faced with the question of whether it is right to brew with stinking fish. A fascinating evening is in prospect; please do join us.

Tuesday 26th September

Watch the Brewer
Remedy Bar & Brewhouse, 10-11 Market Place, SK1 1EW. Watch the brewer carry out the brewing of a beer from 12 noon.
Today, Mark will be brewing up one of his delicious beers and you can watch some of the process for yourselves. Brewing will have started before the bar opens but there will still be plenty to watch. At certain times Mark will be coming out of the brewery and you can ask questions, but as many of the processes are time critical, he might have to rush off again! Meanwhile why not sample "one he made earlier" or one of the unusual guest beers whilst you watch what happens. And you can enjoy a spot of lunch until 2.30pm.

Meet the Brewer
Meet Colin from Poynton Brewery at the Spinning Top, 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA from 7:00pm to 8:15pm
Poynton Brewery are based at the Royal British Legion in the village and were set up in late 2015 when the current owners took over the plant of the defunct Worth Brewery. Since then their beers have become widely available in the local area and include one named after that most famous of local products, the Avro Vulcan. The Spinning Top is a regular outlet for their beers and tonight you can try their new ale called Viaduct, which is their first golden ale (4% ABV). This will be available at The Spinning Top for the duration of Stockport Beer Week.
Please note that the main road outside the venue is closed for major works. However, pedestrian access is maintained.

Meet the Brewer
Meet with Richard from Thirst Class and including a talk about the setting up of a Micro Pub business by Alan Gent in the Petersgate Tap, 19a Petersgate, SK1 1EB. Starts 8:30pm
Richard is the owner and brewer of Thirst Class Ales based in Reddish. He started brewing commercially on a small scale in 2014 and went full-time at the beginning of 2016 when the opportunity arose to take over the premises previously occupied by Ringway Brewing. His beers are frequently noted in Stockport and around the North West and he has already won several awards.
Alan Gent, the owner of the venue, will also tell us about the trials and tribulations of opening a micro pub.

Wedesday 27th September

Staircase House Beer Tour
Staircase House, 30/31 Market Place, SK1 1ES. Starts at 7:00pm Booking essential. Cost £5 (£3 for CAMRA members). To book call 0161 474 4444.
Staircase House is a beautifully restored 15th century townhouse situated in Stockport's historic Market Place. It is home to one of only three surviving Jacobean cage-newel staircases in the country. In this special tour, learn about the past of Stockport's oldest town house and discover how our ancestors lived from the 15th to the 20th centuries with an emphasis on the beer offerings of the time. Get to see areas that are usually off limits and one area that is thought to be an ancient Brewhouse.



Wetherspoons - Revised times

Wetherspoons - Revised times
Local Beer Festival at Calverts Court, 13 St Petersgate SK1 1EB, all day from 9am to 1am.
Now starting Wednesday 27th and running until Sunday 1st October

Thursday 28th September

Meet the Brewers
Yes brewers! Martin and Katie share the brewing at the Fool Hardy Brewers based in the Hope, 118 Wellington Road North, SK4 2LL. Starts at 8:00pm.
Martin started the Hope's very own micro-brewery, 'Fool Hardy Ales' in 2013 shortly after he and his good lady Sam had purchased the pub. The name Fool Hardy is nod to the past history of the Hope which started life as a Hardy’s Crown Ales brewery house. There are always six of their ales on the pumps - look out for the distinctive pump clips designed by Martin himself - as well as a selection of guest ales. In addition, Fool Hardy Riptide was voted Beer of the Festival at Stockport this year. In 2016, Martin took on Katie Bromley as assistant brewer and she has developed her own Shmatie Signature series of beers where all the beer names are palindromes. Her special beer to be launched this evening is an I.P.A. at 5% and called "Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo". Is this the quirkiest name ever for a beer? Come along, be one of the first to try it and meet the team that makes it happen at this excellent pub.

Remedy Bar Beer Festival
Remedy Bar & Brewhouse, 10-11 Market Place, SK1 1EW from noon until 11pm.
Following a successful beer festival at Easter 2017, the bar is repeating the exercise. As well as the 6 hand-pumps expect a stillage featuring around 20 local beers of lots of different styles, so there's bound to be something to tickle your taste buds. And why not try one of their own beers brewed behind the glass wall in the bar?

Friday 29th September

Remedy Bar Beer Festival
In house festival at this Market Place pub. See Thursday 28th for detail.

Foodie Friday

Market Place, Stockport, admission Free
Held on the last Friday of every month, it's a continental street caf7eacute; culture which appeals to all ages and there are plenty of food stalls and a beer shop in the Market Hall to enjoy. And there's now a plan to create a popular permanent social space for the local community in the Produce Hall by providing the perfect mix of independent street food, ales, live music and entertainment. Why not seek out the CAMRA stand where you can learn about the organisation locally and buy raffle tickets from our charity partner SCP? Afterwards the pubs remain busy, but they are all on the Ale Trail, so why not call in, buy a beer and get a stamp?

Saturday 30th September

Staircase House Beer Tour
Staircase House, 30/31 Market Place, SK1 1ES. Starts at 2:00pm Booking essential. Cost £5 (£3 for CAMRA members). To book call 0161 474 4444.

Tutored Belgian Beer Tasting
With John Clarke and taking place in Staircase House, 30/31 Market Place, SK1 1ES. Starts at 3:30pm.
Booking advised - Tickets £12. Cost includes beer. To book call 0161 474 4444. There may be some tickets available on the door on the day.
Local CAMRA activist and expert on Belgian beers, John Clarke will guide you through a tasting of some of Belgium's finest in the magnificent surroundings of Stockport's oldest townhouse.

Remedy Bar Beer Festival
In house festival at this Market Place pub. For other details, see entry under Thursday 28th September

Presentation - Best Mild Pub
CAMRA presentation award for the best Mild pub on the Mild Magic trail to the Remedy Bar & Brewhouse, 10-11 Market Place, SK1 1EW. Starts at 7:30pm.

Sunday 1st October

Tutored Cider and Perry Tasting
Tutored cider and perry tasting and meet the cider producers at the Petersgate Tap, 9a Petersgate, SK1 1EB. Starts 2:00pm.
Tickets £12 - Tickets in advance can be bought at the Petersgate Tap, by post or on the door on the day subject to space available. You can also e-mail them on petersgatetap@gmail.com Price includes nine 1/3rds of different cider/perries and some cheese & biscuits. Postal tickets can be bought by sending a cheque to the address above and then either be picked up at the venue or they will post them out if required.
It's that man again! John Clarke also is an expert on cider and perry and will guide you through a tasting of nine ciders and perries, some of them local. Yes that's right - cider doesn't just come from Herefordshire or the West Country. In Stockport and the North West, we have some fine producers and as part of the afternoon, some of them will be in attendance. You can find out more about the process whilst sampling the products. After the tasting there will be an opportunity to buy more cider at the special price of £3 a pint.

Remedy Bar Beer Festival
In house festival at this Market Place pub. For other details, see entry under Thursday 28th September

Woodstockport Music Festival
Spinning Top, 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA. From 4:00pm.
The Beer Week concludes with an evening of local bands at the Spinning Top in conjunction with Stockport County Supporters' Co-operative (SCSC) and 10% of takings will go to them. It is hoped to feature bands such as Mutha Lovin Chimps, Exit 7, Smashing Lads & Ten Eyed Man (all tbc) from 4pm onwards. Food will be available and as it just happens to be the 50th birthday party of the landlord, Mike Swann, it should be a great evening that will ensure the Week ends on a high note...
Please note that the main road outside the venue is closed for major works. However, pedestrian access is maintained.