IT’S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY – Stalybridge Beer Festival 2015

On Friday night me & a couple of pals decided to head to the Stalybridge Beer Festival, 36+ real ales at £2.50 a pint, 3 sheets on the door gets you a program & entry to the handsome Civic Hall.

A traditional English Beer Hall, every town has one
A traditional English Beer Hall, every town has one

A small selection of bottled cider was available, as was wine which seemed to be a good call as lots of groups had a bottle on their table, pies & curry were also on offer, as were pink festival tees. But what about the beer I hear you bark.

Some beer
Some beer

If you’re after a pint of Stalybridge’s finest, TicketyBrew, then you’ll be left thirsty, but what was on offer was (for a festival) in good condition overall. Only one got flushed & I remember enjoying Mauldon’s Blackberry Porter, Offbeat Dysfunctional IPA, Ran Rum & Raison Stout, Salopian Oracle & Millstone Tiger Rut in particular.

A very inclusive festival this, even swingers were catered for thanks to Dominic Halpin & The HoneyB’s.

Road Stone & The Aggregate's
Road Stone & The Aggregate’s (Eric Cantona – Guitar/Vox)

Beer was quaffed & people got jolly.

Local beer connoisseur looking for something 10% & Belgian
Local beer connoisseur looking for something 10% & Belgian
Chuck's Tees eyes up concession opportunities for next year
Chuck’s Tees eyes up concession opportunities for next year whilst regretting his choice of glass size
Famous beer blogger compurgationing
Famous beer blogger compurgationing

Everybody seemed to be having lot’s of fun, it’s a shame that more of our great local breweries weren’t given space on the racks though, maybe I’ll try & sneak a bottle stall on next year…….

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