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.
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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.
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The list of LocAle pubs (28) and breweries (66) has been revised and updated as of 8th June 2014.
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Doc's Symposium, on Mesnes Street in Wigan, has been awarded the Pub of the Season for Winter 2014. The presentation of the award will take place on Sunday, 21st December at 2pm. All welcome.
Our Christmas social trip is taking place on Saturday, 27th December and will be visiting Southport and also taking-in the Freshfield Hotel - one of the finalists in CAMRA's national Pub of the Year. Travel will be via public transport and all are welcome. More details to follow shortly.
Our next Branch Meeting is the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and will take place on Wednesday, 14th January 2015 starting at 7.30pm. The venue is the Brocket Arms. All welcome. Voting will take place for the annual pub/club awards including the prestigious Pub of the Year and Club of the Year.
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
Branch Awards 2014
At the AGM of Wigan CAMRA Branch on 15th January 2014, voting took place to determine our prestigious annual awards. The results are as follows :-
COMMUNITY PUB OF THE YEAR : CROOKE HALL INN, Crooke, Standish Lower Ground
CLUB OF THE YEAR : STANDISH UNITY CLUB, Standish
CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR : MASONS ARMS, Billinge
BEST NEW CASK OUTLET OF THE YEAR : BIRD I'TH HAND, Hindley
In the local papers .....
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