Wigan Beer Festival
The next Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival takes place between 5th-7th March 2015.
Once again, the venue is Robin Park Sports Centre, opposite the DW Stadium.
At 29th January 2015
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Our pubs & clubs
With over 130 real ale pubs and clubs in our branch area, we have a pub for everyone.
Check them out on our 'A-Z of Pubs'.
Alternatively, check them out our detailed and informative 'Pubs Database'.
The list of LocAle pubs (28) and breweries (60) has been revised and updated as of 29th January 2015.
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Volunteers required for Wigan Beer Festival
The 28th Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival runs from 5th to 7th March 2015 at our usual venue : Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre, Loire Drive, Wigan. (opposite DW Stadium).
Volunteers are required for all sessions that the festival is open to the public. We also need a small number of volunteers for handling beer deliveries and initial festival set-up on Tuesday 3rd March, residual set up on Wednesday 4th March and take down on the morning of 8th March. Even if you can only spare a few hours your assistance would be very welcome as this would enable us to give staff who are working throughout all sessions of the event to take a well-deserved rest break.
If you have never worked at a beer festival before, you will be surprised at the variety of jobs available - it's not just about serving beer ! Please don’t worry about asking if you have any uncertainties over what you are doing – there are plenty of people around to help !
For more information and staffing form, please click here.
At the AGM on January 14th 2015, voting took place for our annual pub/club awards. The winners are as follows :-
Congratulations to all concerned.
Our next Branch Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11th February 2015 starting at 8pm. The venue is the Brocket Arms. All branch members are welcomed.
The main agenda item will be the selection of pubs for entry into the Good Beer Guide 2016.
New kids on the block
Real ale in the Wigan area continues to thrive which has resulted in two new local breweries commencing operations within the past six months.
Martland Mill Brewery commenced operations on 11th July 2014. For more information check out their website at Martland Mill Brewery.
Hophurst Brewery in Hindley commenced operations in October 2014. For more information check out their website at Hophurst Brewery.
There is also a trend of smaller independent bars opening within the past few months, both locally and across the Greater Manchester region. Some local examples of these include :-
All Gates and Prospect prosper again at regional beer competition
Congratulations to two of our local breweries, All Gates and Prospect, upon winning awards at the SIBA North-West Beer Competition held at Bolton Beer Festival on 15th October 2014.
Allgates won a silver award in the Best Bitter category with 'Dry Bones' (4.0%) whilst Prospect won a bronze award in the Bottled Speciality Beers category with 'Clementine' (5.0%).
Other local-ish breweries winning awards were Bank Top (Bolton) and Blackedge (Horwich).
Wigan CAMRA visit the Swan with Two Necks at Pendleton on 30th May, 2014
For more photos of the social trip to the Swan with Two Necks, Skipton and Saltaire Beer Club on May 30th, click here
In the local papers .....
Click on links below to view recent beer-related stories in the local newspapers :-
For more stories, click here.