Stockport Beer Week

Thursday 19th September to Sunday 29th September 2019

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11 days of beer

Change to programme

The cellar tour of the BAKERS VAULT has had to be moved from Saturday 21st to Thursday 19th. Details here.

Message from the organiser


Stockport Beer Week is back again for its fifth year. Coordinated by Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA, the event runs from 19th September to 29th September 2019.

Run in conjunction with
National Cask Ale Week.

Stockport Beer Week is back again for 2019 and will run from 19th - 29th September as part of National Cask Ale Week. It's a celebration of good pubs and beer in and around the centre of Stockport - and there are plenty of both to choose from. There's also the opportunity to learn more about the pubs you are drinking in, the beers you are quaffing and the industry as a whole.

Our team of eager volunteers are now engaged in formulating a varied and interesting programme for your entertainment and drinking pleasure. There's still plenty of hard work to do but we can confirm that stand-up comedian James Dowdeswell (Extras, Russell Howard's Good News, Comedy Club Awards) will open the Week with his show "A Comedian Stands Up For Pubs - a Pub Manifesto". He was brought up in a pub, so he has some forthright views and amusing stories to tell. He will also be signing his book, "A Pub Manifesto" on the night.

Also confirmed is a tasting of "Beers Styles through The Ages" by Annabel Smith, a Beer Sommelier and freelance beer trainer, consultant and writer. She was once Cask Marque's first female beer inspector working alongside the organisation's 49 male inspectors and was Imbibe Magazine's Educator of the Year in 2017. And Dave Porter, who installed the micro brewery at the Hope in Stockport, will tell us about some of his interesting experiences building breweries and brewing around the world.

Back for another year is the Ale Trail with prizes from Robinson's brewery and you can expect tap takeovers, meet the brewer events, heritage pub visits and walks and good music. We are working with the Council and Totally Stockport to help promote the town centre, so please put the dates in your diary and watch for updates on the website and in Opening Times as more events are added.

The programme of events is still being firmed up, so keep checking back for the latest news.

There will also be information on the Branch's Facebook and Twitter pages.

All week events — 19th-29th September

Stockport Ale Trail
Sponsored by Robinsons Brewery
Where: VARIOUS LOCATIONS - All around the town centre, awaiting final listings.
Free to enter: Collect stickers from participating Stockport pubs and win prizes.
Visit 12 pubs out of 20 around the town centre.
See dedicated web page at

Two for the price of One on Robinsons Brewery Tours - Must be booked in advance
When: Every day 19th - 29th September except Monday 23rd.
Where: ROBINSONS BREWERY VISITORS CENTRE Apsley Street SK1 1YE   0161 612 4100
Buy tickets via 0161 612 4100 or online at
Use discount code BEERWEEK19.

**Discount does not apply to walk up tickets on the day**

Based in the heart of Stockport for almost two centuries, Robinsons' is one of oldest and most respected names in British brewing history. The Visit England accredited Visitors Centre reveals the secrets behind the award-winning brewing process and also gives insights into original and new brewing equipment. Submerge yourself in almost 180 years of brewing excellence and discover the heritage of this proudly-independent family brewery.

Take a tour and the guides will educate and entertain you on your journey around and will be delighted to answer any questions you have about the brewing process. The Brewery Tour takes about one hour and includes three 1/3 pint samples of Robinsons beers. Enhanced packages are also available.

Tours at 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm Tuesday to Saturday; 11.30 and 1.30pm on Sunday. No tours on Monday (but the Visitors Centre, bar and exhibition is open).

Local beers showcase — Updated
Where: ANGEL INN, 20 Market Place Stockport SK1 1EY

This excellent addition to the Market Place reopened in late November 2018 after a 67-year period of being closed in its original guise of a Bell's Brewery tied house. It's locally owned and run by people who care about cask beer and the environment in which it is presented. They have totally transformed the redundant space plus a former shop next door into a multi-room pub and will be featuring a number of beers from local breweries during the Week. Please drop by to find out what is available.

The Angel is featuring beers from Stockport and nearby for the duration of the Beer Week. Some of the which breweries will be involved will include Torrside, Thirst Class, Poynton, Stockport and Beartown.

SK breweries showcase
Where: CALVERTS COURT, 13 St Petersgate SK1 1EB

Our local Wetherspoons will feature local SK postcode-brewed beers for the duration of Beer Week. Converted from a furniture store some years ago, the long, deep interior can be likened to Doctor Who's Tardis in that it is much larger inside than it looks from the outside. It has historic connections to both the furniture trade and beer; in 1891, W & J Calvert (cabinet-makers) occupied numbers 13 and 15, while Sarah Calvert occupied number 17 as a beer retailer.

Champion beers of britain
Where: MAGNET, 51 Wellington Road North SK4 1HJ

The multi-award-winning ale house on the Stockport "Slope of Beer" offers probably the widest range of beers in town. For Beer Week they will be offering an opportunity to try some of the Champion Beers of Britain from the last few years as part of their large range. A real-time list of available beers can be found on their website or UnTappd.

Food and beer matching
When: All week during opening hours (closed Monday 23rd September)
Where: VINABÖD, 6 Vernon Street, Stockport SK1 1TY

This is a new, Viking-inspired tapas bar just off the Market Place by the Boars Head. It has an interior based on Norse mythology, complete with handmade wooden furniture, an axe, artificial animal skins, and items such as painted flags and driftwood ornaments that look like bones. A large mural covers one wall.

Whilst the interior represents Norse mythology, the food will be based on the tapas of Southern Spain and there is a core menu of around 10 dishes, supplemented by specials. Two hand-pulled beers from Beartown are usually available, as is mead. The beer and food matches will change over the week, so keep up to date by following their social media.

Thursday 19th September

Cellar Tour* of the Bakers Vaults — Re-scheduled from Saturday 21st
When: Thursday 19th September - 6pm. Duration approx. 40 minutes.
Where: BAKERS VAULTS, Market Place SK1 1ES
Admission: Free - Just turn up. Subject to space available and at own risk

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 Century 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 two-level cellar. The bottom level, which will be visited, was once believed to be a Victorian gin store. Heritage investigations are still ongoing, so find out if they have discovered what lies behind the bricked-up windows in the cellar.

Fred Loader and the Big Guns — Additional to printed programme
When: Thursday 19th September from 6:30pm — and now CANCELLED
Where: ANGEL INN, 20 Market Place Stockport SK1 1EY
Admission: Free - All welcome

Prior to the James Dowdeswell gig at the ANGEL, Cult Folk/Americana/Blues/Country band Fred Loader and the Big Guns will be playing a short set from about 6.30pm. Admission Free.

James Dowdeswell's "Pub Manifesto" stand-up gig
When: Thursday 19th September from 7:30pm
Where: ANGEL INN, 20 Market Place Stockport SK1 1EY
Admission: Free - All welcome

Eighteen pubs close per week in the UK. Award-winning stand-up and pub aficionado James Dowdeswell - who grew up in a West Country pub - believes humour is the best way to make the plight of the pub public and to generate a response. To source the roots of the problem and to help crystallise what makes the perfect pub, James will dissect, discuss and wax lyrical on every aspect of pub culture.

James has also written a book on the subject for CAMRA which will be available for sale on the night.

Stockport CAMRA Pub Of The Month
When: Thursday 19th September - presentation around 9pm
Where: ANGEL INN, Market Place Stockport SK1 1EY
Admission: Free - All welcome

Following the above gig at around 9pm, Stockport CAMRA will be presenting the Angel with their Pub of the Month award. This recognises the efforts of publicans in promoting good quality cask beers with a warm welcome and a community ethos. Please come and join us on what will be a very different evening.

The Angel appears to be a recent addition to the Market Square scene, but is in no way a new pub. It closed its doors as a pub way back in 1952 when it was a Bell's house and a pint would have cost around 1/4d [1 shilling and 4 pence — about 6p].

Friday 20th September

CAMRA Stagger — Stockport Market Place
When: Friday 20th September, 7:30pm onwards
Where: Meet at the BAKERS VAULTS at 7.30pm or at the PROJECT 53 at 8.30pm
Admission: Free to join and leave us at any time — but you buy your own beer!

Every month the local CAMRA Branch have a "stagger" (aka pub crawl) around a small area — this month it is around Stockport's Market Place. It's an informal evening of chat and beer and you can come and go as you please. To find out where the group is, the contact on the night is Jim Flynn (07917 596751). A full description of route and potted history of pubs is available on the Stockport CAMRA website at

Saturday 21st September

As part of the National Heritage Festival, four of Stockport's heritage pubs are opening up their cellars for people to visit. This is a rare opportunity to see a working pub cellar and understand how the beer is kept in tip-top condition. In addition, a couple of the pubs have something out of the usual down there dating back to Victorian times.

These pubs are within a few minutes' walk of each other and three are on the Ale Trail. We have left time for you to have a beer before moving on to the next place.

Cellar Tour* of the Queens Head (Turners Vaults)
When: Saturday 21st September - 12 noon. Duration approx. 20 minutes.
Where: QUEENS HEAD, 12 Little Underbank SK1 1JT
Admission: Free - Just turn up. Subject to space available and at own risk.

The Queens, or 'Turner's Vaults' as it is sometimes referred to, is a much-prized Stockport hostelry dating back to at least the 1790's. It still maintains its three room layout with a narrow front bar, a small snug in the middle and a quieter room at the back. The pub is extremely narrow and shows how many small urban pubs must have looked a hundred years ago. It's a Samuel Smith pub, so expect to see the single cask ale in 18-gallon wooden barrels. Hopefully, the now disused Gents toilet, the smallest in town by a long way, will be opened for a viewing.
NOTE - House Rules require you to turn off your mobile phone in the pub.

Cellar Tour* of the Bakers Vaults — Re-scheduled to Thursday 19th

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, the cellar tour of the BAKERS VAULT on 21st has had to be re‑scheduled. This will now take place at 6pm on THURSDAY 19TH. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Cellar Tour* of the Boars Head
When: Saturday 21st September - 2.15pm. Duration approx. 20 minutes.
Where: BOARS HEAD, 2 Vernon Street, Market Place SK1 1TY
Admission: Free - Just turn up. Subject to space available and at own risk

This Samuel Smith's pub is a friendly community pub on the Market Place and was CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year in 2017. Owners Samuel Smith restored the pub to what it may have looked like several decades ago. It serves only one cask beer, Samuel Smith's Old Brewery Bitter, which come 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.
NOTE - House Rules require you to turn off your mobile phone in the pub.

Cellar Tour* of the Arden Arms
When: Saturday 21st September - 3pm. Duration approx 30 minutes.
Where: ARDEN ARMS, 23 Millgate SK1 2LX
Admission: Free - Just turn up. Subject to space available and at own risk

Tour the cellars of this Robinson's Pub which is Grade II listed and on CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. The Arden has a distinctive curved, glazed bar, and a hidden snug which is accessed by going through the bar - this is said to be one of only four such snugs in the UK. Chandeliers and a grandfather clock help create a Victorian ambience. The cellars retain body niches in the walls, testament to the building's former use as a mortuary. Or was it a meat store in Victorian times? Or both? Come along and find out!

In February 2017, a blue plaque was attached to the building to honour Elizabeth Raffald; her nephew built the Arden Arms and she is buried at the nearby St Mary's church. She was a tremendous innovator and produced the first town directory for Manchester and Salford in 1772 amongst other things.

* 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 and wear sturdy footwear.

30 years of Brewing in Breweries round the World
When: Saturday 21st September - 7.30pm
Where: HOPE INN, 118 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris SK4 2LL
Admission: Free - All welcome.

Dave Porter has been a stalwart of the North West brewing scene for many years. In the early 1990s Dave was inspired by Brendan Dobbin of Manchester's West Coast Brewing who produced the famous Yakima Grande Pale Ale. The beer was way ahead of its time with very high hopping levels, being heavily influenced by the emerging North American microbrewery scene. At that time most beers in the UK were amber, sweet & malty.

Dave set up Rossendale Brewery but later sold it and now owns the modestly-named Outstanding Brewery based in Salford. Dave also set up PBC Brewing Installations which manufactures and fits micro-brewery plant as well as offering brewing courses. Over 400 breweries have now been installed in some 20 countries.

Tonight Dave will tell us about some of his experiences fitting these breweries across the world. One of them is the Fool Hardy Ales plant in the basement of the Hope and there will be an opportunity to see this example of his handiwork. Some Outstanding and Fool Hardy beers will be on the bar, as well as a selection of beers from around the country.

This event is supported by Stockport Beer Week.

Sunday 22nd September

Meet and greet event with Robinsons shire horses
When: Sunday 22nd September between 10.30am and 2.30pm
Admission: Advance bookings only
£12.50 package includes a 30-minute Meet the Horses session and soup and sandwich at the bar. No discount for children.
£20 (£14 for children) package includes a 30-minute Meet the Horses session and lunch at the bar.
Buy tickets on 0161 612 4100 or via

Bobek (9 years old) and Mojo (5 years old) are the latest in a long line of Shire horses which, apart from a brief interruption during the First World War when all horses were sold for war duties, have served Robinsons Brewery for over 100 years. Today they are two of the few remaining working Shires in the British Brewing industry.

A familiar and much-loved part of Stockport heritage, the sight of the Robinsons Shires evokes happy memories of a bygone time, as well as encouraging new fans of these gentle giants. Now you have a chance to meet them "up close and personal" as part of this event at the Brewery Visitors Centre.

Tutored tasting of beers from Mobberley Brewhouse
When: Sunday 22nd September at 6pm
Where: PROJECT 53, 22 Market Place SK1 1EU
Admission: Tickets £15 - Tickets in advance can be bought at Project 53, or on the day subject to space available. You can also e-mail them at to reserve a place. Price includes nine 1/3rds of different craft beers and some nibbles.

Join the gang at Project 53 for a night of beer! They'll bring along their finest beer geeks who will talk through the creation process behind MBH beers. This will be followed by a tailored beer flight of nine 1/3rds, from core range MBH beers to guests from breweries showcasing the best of UK craft beer right now. A beer evening wouldn't be complete without nibbles, so they'll also be filling you up with pizzas, hand stretched and homemade in the kitchen. It will be a relaxed, enjoyable evening for anyone, from true beer fans to novices who'd like to learn a little more about the beautiful amber stuff!

Monday 23rd September

Tour of Robinsons Unicorn packaging centre — All places taken!
When: Monday 23rd September at 11am
Where: UNICORN PACKAGING CENTRE, Bredbury Park Way, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2QN
Admission: Free, but participants must register in advance and receive confirmation of the visit. Register at Make your own way to the facility and report to the main gate. Places are limited. Protective equipment will be provided.

One of the lesser-known sides of the Robinsons' operation is their world-class packaging centre located in Bredbury. They take care of beer brewed in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Belgium, Spain and Italy and despatch worldwide, including to the USA and Australia, with over 2.5 million packs bottled each year.

Flexibility in packaging means they are able to accommodate over 20 different types of glass bottle, plus a wide range of labelling options. They also offer services to fill casks, kegs and petainer kegs.

Join us for a rare opportunity to see what goes on inside one of Stockport's least- known beer facilities.

Meet the brewers and battle of the beers
When: Monday 23rd September at 5pm
Where: CALVERTS COURT, 13 St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Free - All welcome

As part of the Calverts Court SK breweries' celebration, some of the brewers will be here to talk about their beers. There will be a raffle in aid of Clic Sergent, the Weatherspoon's nominated charity and some prizes will be beer related. There will also be a Battle of the Beers, where you, the customers, decide which brewery you prefer and whichever brewery wins has a pump dedicated to its beers for the week. So come along and vote for your favourite.

Tuesday 24th September

The secrets of award-winning home brewing
When: Tuesday 24th September from 8pm
Where: YE OLDE VIC, 1 Chatham Street, Stockport SK3 9ED
Admission: Free - All welcome.

Every year, Stockport CAMRA holds a competition for home brewers and the winners are able to brew their recipes with a commercial brewer. The beers are then showcased on Bar Nouveau at the Stockport Beer and Cider Festival. Andy Pugh was the winner of the Mild category and he brewed his beer, Mild Mannered Victorian, with Andy Pass at Stockport Brewing. The 3.5% beer was a traditional English mild brewed with Fuggles Hops.

Tonight, Andy will be at the Olde Vic, where his beer has been extremely popular and he will tell us about his experiences of brewing on a commercial scale. His beer sold out very quickly, but he has been back to Stockport Brewing to recreate another batch especially for the Beer Week, so you will be able to sample it during the evening.

Wednesday 25th September

Sold out!

"Beer Styles Through The Ages" with Annabel Smith
When: Wednesday 25th September at 7.30pm
Where: PETERSGATE TAP, 19a St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Ticketed event - £5. Tickets can be bought in advance at the Petersgate Tap, or on the door on the day subject to space available. You can also e-mail the pub on to reserve a place. Price includes seven samples of beer and recommended foods they pair well with.

Join us at the Petersgate Tap for a tutored beer-tasting journey through history. Hosted by Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith, learn when and where key beer styles atoriginated: why did they become popular, and how have they stood the test of time? There are a limited number of places for this event so book your ticket now.

This event is supported by Stockport Beer Week.

Thursday 26th September

First pouring of Petersgate Imperial Porter
When: Thursday 26th September from noon.
Where: PETERSGATE TAP, 19a St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Free - All welcome.

It might not seem like it, but it is only 3 years since Stockport's first micro-pub opened. In that short space of time, the Tap has been runner-up in the Stockport CAMRA Pub of the Year award and has held the title of Greater Manchester Cider Pub of the Year for 2 years running.

On that first day, 29th September 2016, a special beer, Petersgate Porter, was on sale. It had been brewed by the Tap team with Richard at Thirst Class Brewery in Reddish and was an instant hit. Now they have joined forces again to brew a Birthday Beer; this time it's a much stronger (around 9%) Imperial version of the original. It will be released today for an early start to the celebrations.

Friday 27th September

Sneak preview of Robinsons October seasonal beer, "Rock the Cask Bar"
When: Friday 27th September between 10.30am and 6pm
Admission: Free

Robinsons' seasonal ale for October and November is a 3.9% red ale called Rock the Cask Bar. It's a full-blooded, toffee, blackcurrant, malty beer with a fruity nose. This will be released to selected pubs in the estate in October; however we have persuaded them to offer it at the Visitors Centre during the Beer Week, so you can be one of the first to try it.

Foodie Friday
When: Friday 27th September from 6pm - 9pm
Admission: Free

This event was voted Best Pop-Up, Event, Club or Project at the Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2016 and the idea is now being widely copied. Held on the last Friday of every month, it's a continental street café culture which appeals to all ages and there are plenty of food stalls. Afterwards the pubs remain busy, but most are on the Ale Trail, so why not call in, buy a beer and get a sticker?

Beer and Blues Weekend
When: Friday 27th September — Continues to Sunday 29th.
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South SK4 1AA
Admission: Mostly Free (check social media for details).

Once again Stockport's premier music venue will be laying on some local and national bands for your entertainment. "The Top" always offers a good range of local beers as well as an impressive number of ciders. At press time the band line-up was to be fully confirmed, so keep up to date by looking at the Spinning Top's or CAMRA'S social media.

Saturday 28th September

Bus to the Pub — Cheadle Hulme and Bramhall
When: Saturday 28th September starting around 12:30pm from Stockport bus station and going on until early evening. Join and leave the tour whenever suits you.
Where: Meet for the 12.45pm 313 Stagecoach bus at STOCKPORT BUS STATION Stand "Q". Please check on arrival at the bus station as times and stands may have changed since we went to press.
Admission: Free to participate but purchase your own bus ticket - a Stagecoach Dayrider can be obtained on the bus. And buy your own beer!

Join our experienced local CAMRA Social Secretary, Darren Berry, as he takes you on a tour of the best pubs in the southern suburbs of Stockport. The TIMING POINTS are planned as shown below.

Stockport Bus Station stand Q12:45

Cheadle Hulme


13:04 - 14:04


Chiverton Tap


313 bus to next venue



Church Inn

14:07 - 14:37


313 bus to next venue



Pointing Dog

14:40 - 15:15


378 bus to next venue




15:20 - 16:20


Mounting Stone


378 bus to next venue




16:24 - 16:54


378 bus to next venue



Jolly Sailor

16:57 - 17:27


378 bus back to bus station


This is of course subject to bus times and other pubs may be visited. You can come and go as you please. Both bus routes have a half hour frequency until arround 17:30, so if you wish to have an extra half-hour in a location and continute the route delayed by 30 minutes. To find out where the group is at any stage, contact Darren on 07779 733267.

Open bus stroll map in separate window here.

Beer of the Chorlton Festival — Additional to printed programme
When: Saturday 18th September from 7:00pm
Where: HOPE INN, 118 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris SK4 2LL
Admission: Free

The Trafford & Hulme Branch will be at the Hope Inn presenting the public's choice for Beer of the Festival 2019 at the Chorlton Beer Festival to Fool Hardy Ales (the pub's own brewery) for their Run Riot milk stout.
Contrary to popular myth — dark beers ARE popular!

Beer and Blues Weekend
When: Saturday 28th September — Continues to Sunday 29th.
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South SK4 1AA
Admission: Mostly Free (check social media for details).
See 27th September for more information.

Sunday 29th September

Tutored Cider and Perry Tasting and Meet the Cider Producers
When: Sunday 29th September — 2pm
Where: PETERSGATE TAP, 19a St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Tickets cost £18 - Tickets can be bought in advance at the Petersgate Tap, or on the door on the day subject to space available. You can also e-mail the pub on to reserve a place. Price includes nine 1/3rds of different cider/perries and some cheese & biscuits.

The Petersgate Tap has just won the Greater Manchester Cider Pub of the Year award for the second year running, so what better place to have a tasting of perry and cider? This year, Dan Hasler of the Orchard Project will guide you through a tasting of nine ciders and perries along with cheese and biscuits to accompany them.

Beer and Blues Weekend
When: Sunday 29th September
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South SK4 1AA
Admission: Mostly Free (check social media for details).
See 27th September for more information.

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