Oldham’s ‘Hop’tastic beer festival returns this month

Oldham’s annual Beer Festival is back for its 29th year with an amazing range of popular brews on offer at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Beer Festival 14The event will feature 62 real ales, 15 farm-house ciders and perries, fruit wines, and imported bottled beers from Belgium, Germany, America, and Norway.

A third of the beers are from the Greater Manchester area, with more from breweries across the UK, to offer lots of different styles of beers to suit everyone’s taste.

The festival is run by the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) with support from the Town Centre Business Partnership.

In keeping with tradition, they focus on bringing each year the best ales from a particular part of the country, to Oldham.

This year 26 of the beers on offer are coming from the East Midlands – from breweries including Pheasantry, Dancing Duck, Lincoln Green, and Shardlow.

Councillor Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Oldham’s Beer Festival is a long-standing popular event and provides a great social meeting point for the residents of Oldham.

“It’s also a good opportunity for local breweries to showcase their products.

“Best of all, all the proceeds will be going to the Mayor of Oldham’s Charity Appeal Fund, which is supporting Francis House Children’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support this year.”

The festival will take place from 12noon until 10.30pm on Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1QJ. Box Office: 0161 770 4083.

Admission is £3 before 5.30pm on Friday and £5 after 5.30pm. Saturday is £3 all day. CAMRA members are entitled to a discount of £2 upon production of valid CAMRA membership card.

 

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