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CAMRA’s Manchester Beer and Cider Festival will feature beers from the UK and further afield when it returns to Manchester Central in January, with a huge new Coast To Coast bar showcasing ales from Merseyside to Humberside via Lancashire, Manchester and Yorkshire.

Now in its seventh year and organised by volunteers from the nine Greater Manchester branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the event attracts visitors from all over the world keen to sample some of the very best beers and ciders from the UK’s booming brewing and cider making industries.

The Beers From The Wood bar will return, serving ales from traditional casks. And plans are in hand to enhance festival-goers’ experience with a series of tutored tastings run by acknowledged beer and cider experts. 

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival tickets go on sale today I Love Manchester
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Fans of foreign beers will be well catered for, too, with an excellent selection promised from Europe and North America.

Last year the festival introduced a a gin bar. When it returns next January, the gins will be drawn exclusively from the many outstanding local distilleries.

Hot and cold food will be available, and stalls selling traditional pub treats alongside modern snacks, cheeses and even Viking drinking horns.

And the festival is once again pleased to be working with the North West Air Ambulance as its chosen charity partner.

“We’re open to the public for three days, but CAMRA members get the perk of a free-to-enter preview evening,” said festival organiser Adrian Saunders.

“We have a single entry price each day including refundable glass hire that minimises queues inside and outside the venue.

“For 2020, we’ve frozen the entry price for advance ticket holders, who also get the benefit of our doors opening early. We’d recommend visitors snapping up tickets in advance – anticipation is part of the excitement of our festival!” 

The festival will be open to the public on Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January 2020.Tickets for the event are on sale from 6pm on Wednesday 23rd October. 

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