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.

All activities suspended

All our meetings, staggers and Pubs of the Month/Year events will be suspended until further notice
This includes both Mild Magic and the Stockport Beer and Cider Festival.

Following guidance from both CAMRA Head Office and Her Majesty's Government we will be suspending all activities at least the end of April. This will be reviewed on a rolling basis and depending on how the current outbreak progresses.

Stockport Beer Town

A new leaflet showing all the cask ale outlets within the town centre of Stockport.

For anyone interested in beer, pubs and breweries, Stockport really is one of Britain's best Beer Towns.

Robinsons have been brewing here since 1838 and you can take a tour of the present brewery to see the old alongside the new.

Several other breweries came and went over the years and in more recent times, a few micro-breweries set up close to the Town Centre. Some have now moved elsewhere or closed, but Remedy Brewhouse in the Market Place and Fool Hardy Ales at the Hope Inn remain in production.

In the small area covered by this leaflet, you can find over 30 pubs and bars pouring around 80 different cask ales from across the nation. Not only is there a huge selection of beers, but you can also enjoy your drink in all sorts of establishments - from music bars and micro-pubs to community ale-houses and nationally important heritage inns.

Stockport has it all; it's a premier league Beer Town. Come along and enjoy the scene - and don't forget to tell all your friends about it.

Download a copy

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 the foreseeable future is cancelled. Those already announced will eventually be presented in due course, just a little late. There may be an interregnum from May onwards as branch meetings, at which the nominations are presented, are also cancelled.

You can still read the full description of all the Pub Of the Month presentations here.

Mild Magic 2020 - Cancelled

Stockport and South Manchester's award winning trail

Yes folks it's that time of year again. As the Winter Warmer Wander comes to its conclusion we are already planning Mild Magic 2020. So far we have little more than the dates fixed, but as information becomes available it will be posted here.

Join us on this six week long passport scheme travelling around a selection of the pubs who are selling mild in the area. Collect stickers and win prizes. The more you participate the greater the prize.

We must also also say a big 'Thank you very much' to our sponsor, Hydes, who still produce not one but two milds and brew them both all year and not just for Mild Month.

Cancelled but...

Full details, final pub list and location map can be perused here
The work has been done so you may as well read about it!

Manchester Beer and Cider Festival
23 - 25 January 2020

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

Manchester's premier Manchester Beer & Cider Festival festival is taking place in the Manchester Exhibition Centre/GMEX. It could not be easier to get there with the St Peter's Square tram stop being almost on the doorstep and both Deansgate Metro and Rail station are but a stride away in the opposite direction. After the great success of the 2019 Festival we hope to make 2020 better. The Beers From The Wood was so successful that there will be an even bigger offering in this festival.

Preview session for CAMRA & SPBW members on Wednesday 22: 5pm - 9pm
Strictly MEMBERS only — Free Entry

Get all the details on their dedicated web site

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

Diary of Events

In view of the Branch's activities being postponed, the link to the online "live" diary has been hidden so as not to cause confusion.

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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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