Altrincham Beer Festival

August 22, 2012 9:28 am

Altrincham Beer Festival ABCAltrincham Annual Beer Festival Shows organising a piss up in our sociable town is as easy as ABC – Altrincham Beers and Cask. Will you come down this bank holiday weekend to sample the great brews from around the UK?

Altrincham Bottles and Cask Beer Festival

The 4th Annual Altrincham Beer festival, Altrincham Beers and Cask fair returns this weekend for the August Bank holiday, and is hosted by Altrincham’s The Brew House bar (formally Le Trappiste). This year the Beer Festival is featuring the first beer to be brewed by English Monks since the reformation of the Church, the beer from the Little Valley Brewery in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire is commissioned and brewed by the Monks from this little Abbey near York. Altrincham Beer Festival is proud to be the first festival to feature this beer that has so much history associated with it.

Martin Matthews, bar owner and festival organiser says;

‘’This year the theme will ‘the old meets the new’, we will be showcasing beers from some of Britain’s most innovative and creative micro-breweries, and also the first Abbey beer produced in England since Henry VIII, Ampleforth Abbey Beer. The monks sought refuge in northern France after being banished by Henry, they only returned to England after Napoleon closed down all of the Monasteries in France’’

As Martin eludes, Altrincham Beer and Casket festival will not only feature classic beers, rare and old brews but will also have new and contemporary beers and flavours from breweries such as Magic Rock, Red Willow, Summer Wine,  Marble, Buxton, Quantum, Blackjack, Prospect, Thornbridge,  and many more. These young master breweries will be able to showcase their diverse brewing styles and will be a great reflection on the UK’s talent in this area.

Although the main focus of the festival will be on UK beers and ales, there will also be a great selection of foreign bottled beers and traditional Ciders and Perry.

The Best Western Cresta Court Hotel are kindly supporting the festival, a convenient location as the Cresta Court Hotel is only two minutes walk from the market, they have 140 bedrooms including family rooms and executive bedrooms. You can enjoy free wi-fi throughout the hotel and complimentary parking for residents. The Cresta Court Hotel is also and is offering very attractive rates for guests wishing to stay over all you need to do isquote Altrincham Beer Festival when booking to get the special rate have a look at the website for more details.

Altrincham Beer Festival for Stockdales

Every year the Beer Festival raises money for Stockdales, a centre in Sale for adults and children with learning disabilities. This year however, we have a new twist, Toby and Caroline McKenzie from the Red Willow brewery in Macclesfield have very kindly donated and re-named a cask of beer for the festival. All proceeds from the sale of StockdALE will go directly to Stockdales, allied to this Barclays Bank in Altrincham have kindly agreed to match any money raised for Stockdales during the festival. Our collective target is £1,500; we are also offering cask sponsorship with all money donated to Stockdales.


There will be plenty of entertainment on Sunday and Monday afternoon as traditional Irish and folk band Redwing will be playing their own take on modern and traditional songs.  You can also catch local band the ‘Boxcar Hoppers’ playing rock and blues classics.

Entrance to the festival is £5.00 which includes programme, members of the Emergency services and Armed Forces will all receive £1.00 off normal admission price, on production of ID. Accompanied children are admitted free with a paying adult on Sunday and Monday, however they must vacate the festival by 7.00pm on Sunday.


It is Festivals and Markets that really bring footfall to the town centre and we hope that this beer festival will be as exciting and busy as we would expect. So come down this bank holiday weekend from Saturday 25th to Monday the 27th August, sample some beers, donate to charity and have fun – but drink responsibly.

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