Stockport Beer Week

Thursday 19th September to Sunday 29th September 2019

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11 days of beer

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.

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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. Full details on its own dedicated web page.

Local beers feature
Where: ANGEL INN, Market Place Stockport SK1 1ES

Special offers
Where: Light Cinema, Redrock, Bridgefield Street SK1 1SA


Thursday 19th September

James Dowdeswell's Pub Manifesto
When: Thursday 19th September from 7:30pm
Where: ANGEL INN, Market Place Stockport SK1 1ES - All welcome
Admission: Free.
James is a comedian, actor and author who was brought up in a pub. He is a regular on the London comedy circuit and has appeared on numerous TV shows including Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC) and Extras (BBC) where he played the Count in the David Bowie episode. He is the author of The Pub Manifesto: A Comedian Stands Up For Pubs, published by CAMRA Books.

Stockport CAMRA Pub Of The Month
When: Thursday 19th September from 8pm - presentation around 9pm
Where: ANGEL INN, Market Place Stockport SK1 1ES - All welcome
Admission: Free

Every month the local CAMRA branch votes for a Pub of the Month to recognise the efforts of pub owners in promoting good quality cask beers with a warm welcome and a community ethos. The Angel is 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 when 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 REMEDY BAR 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) round a small area. This month it is around Stockport's Market Place, where you will find a vibrant atmosphere in the pubs and as several of these pubs are on the Ale Trail, you could collect some stickers too. It's a very informal evening and you can come and go as you please.
A full description of route and potted history of pubs will be available soon.


Saturday 21st September

30 years of Brewing in Breweries round the World
When: Saturday 22nd September - Early evening, time to be confirmed
Where: HOPE INN, 118 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris SK4 2LL
Admission: Free
This event is supported by Stockport Beer Week.


Saturday 21st September

Cellar Tours* of the Arden Arms
When: Saturday 21st September - times yet to be confirmed but sometime early afternoon. Duration approx. 45 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. 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.
 

Cellar Tours* of the Bakers Vaults
When: Saturday 21st September - times yet to be confirmed but sometime mid afternoon. Duration approx. 30 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 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.
 

Cellar Tours* of the Queens Head (Turners Vaults)
When: Saturday 21st September - times yet to be confirmed but sometime mid afternoon. Duration approx. 30 mins.
Where: QUEENS HEAD, 12 Little Underbank SK1 1JT
Admission: Free - Just turn up. Subject to space available and at own risk.

We are delighted that another of Stockport's heritage pubs will be offering cellar tours this year. 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 the front narrow bar room including alcoves and a grandfather clock, a small snug tucked in the middle of the pub whilst at the back you will find a quieter more comfortable room that could be used for meetings. The decor includes plenty of wooden panels and wood flooring, while around the walls are pictures of Victorian characters, old advertisements and mirrors. On the top of the bar counter are two sets of spirit cocks which used to dispense drink from the rooms above. This pub is extremely narrow and shows how many small urban pubs must have looked a hundred years ago. It's another Samuel Smith pub, so expect to see the single cask ale in 18 gallon wooden barrels. And for the males amongst you, please check out the Gents which are the smallest in Stockport!

* 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.


Sunday 22nd September

Tasting of Mobberley Brewhouse Beers
When: Saturday 22nd September at 6pm
Where: PROJECT 53, 22 Market Place SK1 1EU
Admission: By ticket - details to be confirmed.
Join the brewery team as they take you through a tutored tasting of some of their beers.


Monday 23rd September

SK8 Beer Festival
When: Monday 23rd September from 9am
Where: WETHERSPOONS' CALVERT COURT, 13 St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Free

Starting tonight and running for the remainder of the Beer Week, the Calvert's Court will feature a number of beers brewed in the SK (Stockport) postcode, so please go and try some of the excellent beers that are brewed locally. NOTE: The SK post code does run out past Buxton and down past Macclesfield, so there are plenty of breweries to choose from.


Tuesday 24th September

Nothing confirmed. . . .    yet
Watch this space


Wednesday 26th September

Annabel Smith's Beer Tasting - "Beers Styles Through The Ages"
When: Wednesday 25th September in the evening - time to be confirmed
Where: PETERSGATE TAP, 19a St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Ticketed event - cost £5. Purchase of ticket details to be confirmed.

Join Beer Sommelier Annabel Smith for a tutored beer tasting journey through history. Learn when and where key beer styles originated: why did they become popular, and how have they stood the test of time? This session includes seven samples of beer and recommended foods they pair well with.
This event is supported by Stockport Beer Week.


Thursday 26th September

BlackJack Evening -Tap Takeover and Charity BlackJack game
When: Thursday 26th September — Takeover from noon, other events in the evening.
Where: PETERSGATE TAP, 19a St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Free
Details when confirmed.


Friday 27th September

Foodie Friday
When: Friday 27th September from 6pm - 9pm
Where: MARKET PLACE, STOCKPORT
Admission: Free

This event was voted Best Pop-Up, Event, Club or Project at Manchester Food & Drink Festival 2016 and the idea is now being copied elsewhere. 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 stamp?

Beer and Blues Weekend
When: Friday 27th September ‐ evening.
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA
Admission: Free
Details to follow.

Sneak preview of Robinsons' new beer
When: Friday 27th September ‐ during opening hours
Where: VISITORS CENTRE,
Admission: Free
Sneak preview of Robinsons new monthly special for October. "Rock the Cask Bar" will be on the bar at the Visitor's Centre during opening hours.


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
Where: Visiting Chiverton Tap, Archive, Church Inn, Pointing Dog (Cheadle Hulme), Mounting Stone, Victorian, Ladybrook (Bramhall) and Jolly Sailor (Davenport).
Admission: Free to participate. Join and leave the tour whenever suits you. A runabout/rover bus ticket is strongly a recomended.

Join our experienced local CAMRA Social Secretary, Darren Berry, as he takes you on a tour of some of the pubs in the southern suburbs of Stockport.

Beer and Blues Weekend
When: Saturday 28th September — evening.
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA
Admission: Free
Details to follows.


Sunday 29th September

Cider and Perry Tasting event
When: Sunday 29th September - 2pm
Where: PETERSGATE TAP, 19a St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Tickets cost £18 - ticket details to be confirmed.
The Petersgate Tap has won the Greater Manchester Cider Pub of the Year award for 2019, so what better place to have a tasting of ciders and perrys?

Beer and Blues Weekend
When: Saturday 28th September — evening.
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA
Admission: Free
Details to follows.

A big Thank you to our sponsors