Beer Weeks during Cask Ale Week 2019

Stockport Beer Week

Thursday 19th September to Sunday 29th September

Join Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA branch for their 10-day celebration of beer. A fantastic array of events happening throughout the period including a tutored tasting of beer styles through the ages by Annabel Smith, beer sommelier and Cask Marque’s first female quality inspector. Be entertained by comedian James Dowdeswell as he presents his show ‘A Comedian Stands Up for Pubs – a Pub Manifesto.

For further information and a full list of events, head to:

 Ipswich & East Suffolk 2019 Ale Trail

Thursday 12th September to Sunday 6th October 2019

The Ipswich and East Suffolk branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have set up a 3 ½ week Ale Trail, running from Thursday, 12th September to Sunday, 6th October.

Over 30 pubs have been divided into 5 trails. They will cover great pubs in and around Ipswich, Stowmarket and Woodbridge.

Ale Trailers can stamp their passports (available at any of the pubs involved) as they go along the trail. Anyone that completes any one trail will win a silver coloured enamel badge and will be entered into a free prize draw. Ale Trailers that complete all of the trails – and have visited all of the pubs – will win a gold coloured badge and join a special ‘hall of honour’!

For more information on the Trails, and for a full list of participating pubs, visit:

Wigan Beer Week

To celebrate Cask Marque’s National Cask Ale Week, Wigan CAMRA decided to host the inaugural Wigan Beer Week (WBW) with a strapline of ‘everything beer, everything Wigan’. No fewer than 16 venues are taking part in WBW.

As you would expect, beer is the centrepiece of WBW and celebrated with a series of beer festivals, tap takeovers, brewery open days and meet the brewer events.

See below for some of the more unusual events during WBW: –

Art in a Brewery: Prospect Brewery turned into an Art Gallery for the duration of WBW showcasing works from three local artists, including the Guardian Landscape Photographer of the Year (Pete Rowbottom).

Beer Bus: A vintage bus, operated by Wigan Transport Trust, running on both Saturday’s of WBW to link with events and pubs outside of the town centre.

Beer Yoga: Wigan Central host a Beer and Yoga night. The ultimate way to chill out whilst enjoying a beer?

Pub Heritage Night (and festival of heritage beers): The Swan and Railway pub in Wigan has just been painstakingly restored to its Victorian splendour by a private individual, John Brearley. John provided a tour and talk about the pub’s rich heritage whilst the pub hosted a festival of heritage beers. Draught Bass is the ‘house beer’.

Beer from the Wood: in keeping with heritage theme, Prospect Brewery bar served a beer direct from a wooden barrel. The beer was ‘Tarn Hows – Blueberry and Vanilla Oatmeal Stout’, recently crowned CAMRA North West Champion Speciality Beer. The only wooden cask available from the current batch.

Collaboration beers: Wigan Brewhouse invited a group of local homebrewers to collaborate in making a new beer for WBW. Hophurst Brewery also collaborated with two local pubs in making a new beer for WBW.

Beer and Pie Festival: Pies are synonymous with Wigan. Wigan folk are known as ‘pie-eaters’ and the town hosts the annual ‘World Pie Eating Championships. As such, the Raven Hotel celebrated the humble pie by providing a range of ale-infused pies, with beers to match, during WBW.

Wigan themed Quiz Nights: Wigan Central and the Royal Oak pubs are hosting a Wigan-themed quiz night during WBW.

Tipsy 10k – whilst not strictly part of WBW, a few people did participate in a Tipsy 10k on the first Saturday of WBW. A 10k run/jog/walk calling for a drink at no fewer than 8 pubs en-route, most of which are in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020. It’s probably not surprising that most people chose less strenuous activities.

For more about Wigan Beer Week, see

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