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    Default National Winter Ales Festival - anyone going?

    The National Winter Ales Festival is on at the Sheridan Suite, Oldham Rd, Manchester 19th -22nd January, the Thursday will be free entry all day to CAMRA members . Never one to turn down free entry I think I'll be taking advantage of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    The National Winter Ales Festival is on at the Sheridan Suite, Oldham Rd, Manchester 19th -22nd January, the Thursday will be free entry all day to CAMRA members . Never one to turn down free entry I think I'll be taking advantage of this.

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    I think I'll be at the trade session on Wednesday.
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    We arrive in Bury on the Wednesday. Doubtful if we will make the trade session, but should be there all day Thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    Never one to turn down free entry I think I'll be taking advantage of this.
    Mmm. Would love to go to that. If it's a goer, I'll get back to you in the New Year.
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    For anyone going there is cheap bus travel from Piccadilly station to the venue, this is from one of the organisers on the CAMRA web site,

    "The £1 single offer is available on any First bus between Manchester Piccadilly and the junction of Oldham Road/Queens Road and vice versa.
    Offer applies Sunday 16th January and Saturday 22nd January inclusive and
    is open to all passengers...

    24 Stand F every 30 mins | evening - no service

    82/83 Stand A every 5 mins | evening every 10/20 mins

    88 Stand B every 10 mins | evening every hour

    180/184 Stand A every 10 mins | evening every 30 mins

    181/2 Stand F every 15 mins | evening every 30 mins



    ....It is recommended that passengers from Manchester City Centre are directed
    towards Stand A situated on Oldham Street just a few yards away from Piccadilly Gardens.... The last bus returning to Manchester is service 83 at 23:26 from Oldham which is due to pass Dean Lane at 23:44. It may best to go for an earlier bus in case this last bus is full."

    It says more details from First Bus but there's nothing on their website yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gillhalfpint View Post
    We arrive in Bury on the Wednesday. Doubtful if we will make the trade session, but should be there all day Thursday.
    There is a public session from 5 p.m. on the Wednesday. Oldboots and I will be there, assuming we survive the Trade Session.
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    Any comments on NWAF today like are all the bars open?

    We will be there tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gillhalfpint View Post
    Any comments on NWAF today like are all the bars open?

    We will be there tomorrow.
    All the bars were open and very well staffed.

    The only beers that weren't available were a few that hadn't dropped bright yet, but I would think that over 90% of the beers in the programme were available.

    Champion Winter Ale is Hopback Entire Stout.

    We tried quite a lot of the available beers (didn't we OB )

    OB may well request a new but for candles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROBCamra View Post

    We tried quite a lot of the available beers (didn't we OB )
    Just under 21 units of alcohol, not that much really for an afternoon.

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    OB may well request a new but for candles.
    Grrr, bloody candle powered tables, I hate them as you may have noticed, they belong in churches and restaurants not in pubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    Just under 21 units of alcohol, not that much really for an afternoon.

    Grrr, bloody candle powered tables, I hate them as you may have noticed, they belong in churches and restaurants not in pubs.
    No missed connections or anything then?

    After you and A&H left we went for a marguerita (I kid you not) at the Spanish bar across the road.

    We then went back to The Baum for a pint.
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