ABC Beer Festival, Altrincham

September has been a busy month – so this post is a whole month after the event. I was fortunate enough to be around Manchester for the August bank holiday weekend and spent the Saturday night at the Altrincham Bottle & Cask beer festival (known as ABC) which is now in it’s 3rd year. Held in Altrincham’s indoor market, featuring over 40 cask ales most of which were from Northern breweries.

Altrincham Market

Altrincham Market

 This festival is slightly unusual in that it is run by a bar – Altrincham’s “Le Trappiste”, but supported by the local CAMRA volunteers who provide many of the bar staff.

Simple glass design

Simple but effective glass design

Beer wise as usual I forgot to take any notes. However taking the tactic of trying some of the more ludicrously named beers looking back at the menu there’s a hazy recollection. A few highlights included Leatherbritches brewery – Lemongrass and Ginger (which I recall smelt awful but actually tasted very pleasant!), Wentworth brewery – Lemonale (tasty but I remember only wanting 1/2 pint and no more) with my favouite being one of the last of the night, Bollington Brewery – Le Trappiste Classic (a special brew for the festival, an ale aping the Belgian ‘Double’ style and very much in line with my preferences!).

Entertainment was also provided in the form of a rock band called ‘Quiet desperation’.

Saturday night's entertainment

Saturday night's alright

All in all it was an excellent night and definitely worth a look in 2012.

Serving at the bar

Gratuitous serving shot

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