Stockport Beer Week

Thursday 20th September to Sunday 30th September 2018

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11 days of beer

Stockport Beer Week is back again for its fourth year. Coordinated by Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA, the event runs from 20th September to 30th September 2018 in conjunction with National Cask Ale Week.

Whilst all the details are yet to be tied down, here is the provisional calendar of events for Stockport Beer Week 2018. Pleaase keep on checking back here and as further details become available as the site will be regularly updated.

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

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All week events - 20th-30th September

Stockport Ale Trail sponsored by Robinsons Brewery
Where: VARIOUS LOCATIONS - see dedicated web page at http://www.ssmcamra.co.uk/SBWtrail.htm
Free to enter: collect stickers from participating Stockport pubs and win a T-shirt

Two for the price of One on Robinsons Brewery Tours - Must be booked in advance
Where: ROBINSONS BREWERY VISITORS CENTRE Apsley Street SK1 1YE   0161 612 4100
Buy tickets via 0161 612 4100 or online at https://www.robinsonsbrewery.com/brewery-experience/about-the-tour
Use discount code BEERWEEK18.

**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 it 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. Other 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 is open).

Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema
Where: LIGHT CINEMA, REDROCK, BRIDGEFIELD STREET SK1 1SA

The fully accessible and family friendly independent Light Cinema in has been very successful since it opened in late November 2017. They love to support local initiatives and so are getting involved with us by offering guest ales during the Beer Week. The bar which is located on the right hand side of the airy modern foyer has a single handpump to serve the cask ale.

So why not check the place out, get a beer (and your Ale Trail sticker) and take in a film? And there's a bonus - you can take your beer into the cinema whilst you watch!

Although the schedule of films during the Beer Week was not finalised at the moment, new releases around that time should include The Predator, King of Thieves, Night School, Fighting with my Wife and The Godfather. There are ten screens, so there should be something of interest for everybody. For an up to date schedule, check on their website at
https://stockport.lightcinemas.co.uk/film/now-showing/


Thursday 20th September

Stockport CAMRA Pub Of The Month
When: Thursday 20th September from 8pm - presentation around 9pm
Where: BAKERS VAULTS, 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 Bakers is a worthy winner in all areas. It was reinvigorated by a thorough refurbishment in mid-2014 by the pub-trio of Jonny Booth, Jamie Langrish and Rupert Hill. The Grade II listed building (originally styled as the George and Dragon) was built around 1775 on the foundations of the old Stockport castle. The original building, demolished in the late 19th century, was renamed the Bakers Vaults and rebuilt in the 'gin palace' style. The cellars are unique too and will be open later in the Week on Saturday 29th.

It is one of the very few Robinsons houses to serve guest ales; these being supplied through Titanic Brewery of Burslem. This excellent market pub has a unique atmosphere, being both cosy and relaxed yet lively and vibrant - come on and find out what it is all about.


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits and Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema


Friday 21st September

CAMRA Stagger — Heaton Norris East
When: Friday 21st September, 7:30pm onwards
Where: Meet at the Carousel, 156 Reddish Road, Reddish SK5 7HR at 7.30pm or Navigation, 1 Manchester Road, Heaton Norris SK4 1TY at 8.30pm
Admission: Free to join us 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 Heaton Norris East, starting out at the Carousel at Reddish, followed by the Navigation at the top of Lancashire Hill. The stagger will then visit the Silver Jubilee, Hope, Railway and Midland before concluding at the Magnet on Stockport's Northern "Slope of Beer". Being a Friday night, 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.


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits and Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema


Saturday 22nd September

Cellar Tours* of the Boars Head
When: Saturday 22nd September 12 noon and 1.30pm (two tours). 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 spent a fair amount of money and time some years ago restoring this pub to what it may have looked like several decades ago. It only serves 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.

Cellar Tours* of the Arden Arms
When: Saturday 22nd September 12.45pm and 2.15pm (two tours). Duration approx. 30 minutes
Where: ARDEN ARMS, 23 Millgate SK1 2LX
Admission: Free - Just turn up. Subject to space available and at own risk

New for this year are cellar tours 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.
 

* 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.

These pubs are within a couple of minutes' walk of each other and are on the Ale Trail, so you can visit both, have a beer and get stickers too.

Special Screenings Of The Classic Film "Withnail And I"
When: Saturday 22nd September
Where: LIGHT CINEMA, Redrock, Bridgefield Street SK1 1SA
Admission prices and screening times have yet not been finalised but will be shown here.
For further information, check their website at https://stockport.lightcinemas.co.uk/film/now-showing/ or call 0161 441 5021

Withnail and I is a 1987 cult British black comedy written and directed by Bruce Robinson and is loosely based on Robinson's life in London in the late 1960s. The plot follows two unemployed actors, Withnail and "I", portrayed by Richard E Grant (in his first film) and Paul McGann. They propose a trip to Uncle Monty's (played by Richard Griffiths) rural cottage and in a local pub upset a poacher called Jake. It all goes downhill from there...

A full description here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withnail_and_I and a trailer here https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094336/


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits and Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema


Sunday 23rd September

Special Screenings Of The Classic Film "Withnail And I"
When: Saturday 22nd September
Where: LIGHT CINEMA, Redrock, Bridgefield Street SK1 1SA
Admission prices and screening times have yet not been finalised but will be shown here.
For further information, check their website at https://stockport.lightcinemas.co.uk/film/now-showing/ or call 0161 441 5021

Withnail and I is a 1987 cult British black comedy written and directed by Bruce Robinson and is loosely based on Robinson's life in London in the late 1960s. The plot follows two unemployed actors, Withnail and "I", portrayed by Richard E Grant (in his first film) and Paul McGann. They propose a trip to Uncle Monty's (played by Richard Griffiths) rural cottage and in a local pub upset a poacher called Jake. It all goes downhill from there...

A full description here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Withnail_and_I and a trailer here https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094336/

Poynton Meet The Brewer
When: Sunday 23rd September — 4pm
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South SK4 1AA
Admission: Free

4pm - In the afternoon, there will be a Meet the Brewers session with the owners of Poynton Brewery whose beers will feature on the bar. They will describe the set up and the brewing process.

The Big Stockport Quiz
When: Sunday 23rd September — 6pm
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South SK4 1AA
Admission: Free, but there will be a small charge to enter the quiz.

THE Stockport Quiz hosted by Nick Lee. This event is in association with Stockport County Supporters Co-operative

6pm - THE Quiz on Stockport. 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 may cover areas such as Local Knowledge, History, Entertainment, Famous Stopfordians, Local Sport and possibly pubs! Even though this event is raising funds for the Stockport County Supporters' Co-operative, not all the sport questions will be about football!

A number of ciders will also be available.


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits and Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema


Monday 24th September

SK Beer Festival
When: Monday 24th September from 9am
Where: WETHERSPOONS' CALVERT COURT, 13 St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Free

Long-since demolished, Calvert's Court stood immediately behind this Wetherspoon pub. It was here that the Calvert family ran a cabinet-making firm and kept the Beehive Inn. According to a map of 1851, the rear of this site straddles the gardens of William Wright's high-street mansion house. From 1864 to 1910, the name of Calvert was linked with St Petersgate. In 1891, W & J Calvert (cabinet-makers) occupied numbers 13 and 15, while Sarah Calvert occupied number 17 as a beer retailer. In 1910, a Calvert's Court is listed, with 15-19 occupied by Calvert's cabinet-makers. In a later life, appropriately, the building was a furniture showroom and the long deep interior can be likened to Doctor Who's Tardis, in that is much larger inside than it looks to be from the outside. It is one very long room with the bar dominating the right hand side.

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.


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits and Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema


Tuesday 25th September

Meet the Brewer - Torrside Brewing
When: Tuesday 25th September from 8pm
Where: PETERSGATE TAP, 19a St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Free

Torrside Brewing is based in New Mills in Derbyshire's High Peak, on the north-west edge of the Peak District. New Mills is an old and sizeable town, but by historical fluke, it had missed out on having its own brewery. That is until the summer of 2015 when Torrside commenced brewing by the marina on the canal. The brewery name is taken from the Torrs, the 70-foot-deep gorge cut by the Rivers Goyt & Sett in and around the town.

Since then, Torrside have rapidly gained a reputation for producing excellent beers in a number of styles, some of which have been barrel aged. They will be launching another in this series tonight; if you want to know what it is, you better come down, find out and be one of the first to try it. They will also be launching a collaboration beer brewed with the team from the Petersgate Tap, so an exciting evening is in prospect.


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits, Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema and Calvert's Court SK Beer Festival.


Wednesday 26th September

Tasting of Beers from North East England
When: Wednesday 26th September at 8pm
Where: HOPE INN, 118 Wellington Road North, Heaton Norris SK4 2LL
Admission: Free

Do you have a partner, friend or colleague that doesn't drink beer? Perhaps they would like to be introduced to beer but don't know where to start? Then this is the ideal event to bring them along as Daisy will be leading a tasting of beers from the North East of England. These beers are rarely seen in and around Stockport, so expect something different.

Daisy is the owner of Craft Beer Newcastle - a website dedicated to breweries, bars, bottle shops and events in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the North East region. She is currently studying to become a Beer Sommelier, and is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. As for the day job, she is also the Marketing Manager for The Head of Steam bars (there's a new one in Didsbury) and Camerons Brewery's managed pub estate, having worked in the industry for 16 years.


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits, Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema and Calvert's Court SK Beer Festival.


Thursday 27th September

Remedy Bar Beer Festival
When: Thursday 27th September — noon - 11pm
Where: REMEDY BAR & BREWHOUSE, 10-11 Market Place SK1 1EW
Admission: Free

Once again the Bar is holding its autumn Beer Festival to coincide with the Beer Week. As well as the 6 hand pumps expect a stillage featuring around 20 mostly local beers with lots of different styles, so there's bound to be something to tickle your taste buds. And why not try one of their own rather excellent beers brewed behind the glass wall in the bar?

Meet the Brewers, New Beer Launch and Brewery Tours
When: Thursday 27th September from 8pm
Where: HOPE INN, 118 Wellington Road North SK4 2LL
Admission: Free

Martin started the Hope's very own micro-brewery, 'Fool Hardy Ales' in 2013 shortly after he 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. Both Martin and assistant brewer Katie will be here to talk to customers, a new beer will be launched and tours of the small brewery in the cellar of the pub will be on offer.


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits, Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema and Calvert's Court SK Beer Festival.


Friday 28th September

Foodie Friday
When: Friday 28th 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?


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits, Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema, Calvert's Court SK Beer Festival and Remedy Bar Beer Festival.


Saturday 29th September

Cellar Tours* of the Queens Head (Turners Vaults)
When: Saturday 29th September 12pm and 1.30pm (two tours). 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!

Cellar Tours* of the Bakers Vaults
When: Saturday 29th September 12.45pm and 2.15pm (two tours) 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.
 

* 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.

The two pubs are close to each other, up (or down) the steps from the Market Place dependent on which way you are going!

384 Bus Pub Crawl to Romiley, Marple and Offerton
When: Saturday 29th September starting at 12:30pm [time revised]
Where: Meet for the 12:30pm 384 Stagecoach bus at STOCKPORT BUS STATION Stand "U".
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 on the 384 bus route. The timing points are planned as

Times have been re-arranged slightly from what is on some publicity materials - now slightly later.

Stockport Bus Station for 12:30pm 384 bus

RomileyPlatform One12:55
 Jakes Ale House (micro pub) 
Marple BridgeNorthumberland Arms (community owned pub)14:15
 Spring Gardens 
 Norfolk Arms 
MarpleSamuel Oldknow (micropub)16:55
 Beer Traders (micro pub) 
OffertonFingerpost18:50
This is of course subject to bus times and other pubs may be visited
You can come and go as you please.

Fuller description here

Open 384 bus stroll map in separate window


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits, Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema, Calvert's Court SK Beer Festival and Remedy Bar Beer Festival.


Sunday 30th September

Tutored Cider and Perry Tasting plus Meet the Cider Producers
When: Sunday 30th September - 2pm Where: PETERSGATE TAP, 19a St Petersgate SK1 1EB
Admission: Tickets £15 - Tickets in advance can be bought at the Petersgate Tap, or on the door on the day subject to space available. You can also e-mail them on petersgatetap@gmail.com 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 2018, so what better place to have a tasting of ciders and perrys? This year, the Stockport Beer Festival's Cider Manger, Charlotte Bulmer, (an appropriate surname but no relation before you ask!) will guide you through a tasting of nine ciders and perrys, 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.

Woodstockport 3 Music Festival
When: Sunday 30th September from from 2pm - 10pm
Where: SPINNING TOP, 20 Wellington Road South, SK4 1AA
Admission: Free

The Beer Week concludes as ever with an afternoon and evening of local bands at the Spinning Top in conjunction with Stockport County Supporters' Co-operative (SCSC). This will feature numerous bands from Stockport, including Scarlet Fever, The Guidance, Provocateurs, 11 Hours, Don't Fret, Broke Casino, Old Ben and Himalayan Pool Party. There will be an Acoustic set from 2 - 4pm.

The Spinning Top is the proud sponsor of Stockport County player Szymon Czubik & The County Podcast. The pub is also a fundraiser for SCFC Supporters Co-op Guardian account.


Plus Ale Trail, Two for One Brewery Visits, Enhanced range of beers at the Light Cinema, Calvert's Court SK Beer Festival and Remedy Bar Beer Festival.

A big Thank you to our sponsors