We love a good pint of something cold here in Manchester, and our city is set to host the first ever International Brewing & Cider Festival, a two-day ticketed event showcasing the finest beers and ciders from around the world.
The Festival will take place on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2024 at Depot Mayfield Manchester, offering a rare opportunity for the public to taste a vast range of local, national and international drinks, including award-winning beers and ciders from The International Brewing & Cider Awards.
The biennial competition, known as the ‘Oscars’ of the brewing and cider world, will see industry professionals gather to celebrate the extraordinary and well-crafted beer and cider from all corners of the world, and for the first time in its 137-year history, the Awards will be accompanied by a public festival.
Visitors will have a unique opportunity to sample beers and ciders from worldwide brewers and cidermakers entered into the International Brewing & Cider Awards, including the award-winners.
Brewers and cidermakers confirmed include:
- Hobsons Brewery (Shropshire) – Renowned for their innovative case ales since 1993 with sustainability at its core;
- VOG Brewery (Barry, Wales) – A vast range of delicious styles to choose from including juicy East Coast Pales, hoppy IPAs and blackcurrant Porters to Weiss beers, modern Bitters and imp stouts;
- Geipel Brewing (North Wales) – specialising in bottom-fermented beers, more commonly known as lagers, using only malt, hops, yeast and water from the Welsh hills;
- Hawkshead Brewery (Lake District) – Their range is an eclectic mix of beers inspired by both the flavoursome hops of the new world and classic European styles and flavours;
- Joseph Holt (Manchester) – Has been perfecting the brewing technique since 1849; they remained faithful to the brewing traditions established by Joseph Holt, but embraced modern technology to ensure its beers continue to serve generations to come;
- Nightingale Cider Company (Kent) – Their craft ciders are made from hand-picked fruit grown on the Nightingale family farm and local orchards to showcase vintage and terroir;
- Afon Mêl Honey Farm & Meadery (West Wales) – Produces one of the largest collections of real mead in the UK;
- Hideaway Brewing Co (Salford) champions freshly prepared beer made local in their family-owned Salford brewery. Specialising in modern beer in a variety of styles, Hideaway continuously challenge consumers to try something new;
- Tartarus Beers (Leeds) – Truly unique offering with a wide range of styles and ABVs, including a 17% imperial stout released once a year;
- Courier Brewing Co. (Manchester) – An eco-forward nano brewery producing Vegan Friendly Craft Beer;
- Northern Monk (Leeds) – Built on their northern values of community and collaboration since 2008, their mission is to create incredible beer experiences;
- Big Trip (Manchester) – Being new to the beer scene, they wanted to create an entity that encapsulates better days and a nod to their misspent youth (spent dancing in disused northern warehouses mostly);
- Vocation (Yorkshire) – Started out as a chicken shed, and grew to a global brand for craft beer.
This one-of-a-kind festival aims to bring together beer and cider enthusiasts, industry professionals and the general public for a weekend filled with camaraderie, live music, mouthwatering food trucks, and most importantly, well-crafted beer and exceptional cider.
Organisers of the International Brewing & Cider Festival are also calling for volunteers to support the not-for-profit event and help celebrate the very best beers and ciders from all over the world. With a range of volunteer positions available during and leading up to the Festival weekend, there is an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into running a festival and gain valuable experience within the hospitality industry.
Volunteers will each receive a complimentary token wristband ticket to a session of their choice, providing an opportunity to enjoy the International Brewing & Cider Festival, and sample five award winning beers and ciders in the Competition Zone. Find out more about volunteering here.
Ruth Evans MBE, Director of the International Brewing & Cider Awards and organiser of the Festival, said: “We have a superb selection of brewers and cidermakers lined up for the inaugural International Brewing & Cider Festival in Manchester.
“The festival is set to bring the largest range of beers and ciders from around the globe together in one place, offering attendees a unique opportunity to taste the diversity and creativity within the beer and cider industry.
“The Festival aims to champion the very best in the brewing and cidermaking world, and provide a platform to showcase their craft and expertise. For the first time, local, national and international brewers and cidermakers will come together to promote their brand, showcase their products and most importantly, tell their stories to the wider public, providing a tasting experience that’s truly unmatched.”
Founded in 1886, The International Brewing & Cider Awards takes place every two years and has been the gold standard in rewarding the passion and craftsmanship of breweries and cidermakers across the world. The Awards are judged by a panel of worldwide judges, who are all practicing brewers and cider-makers and are revered within the brewing and cider world.
Tickets for the International Brewing & Cider Festival are available to buy now on the official festival website.