All Gates Easter ‘Road to Wigan Beer’ Festival 17th – 27th April 2014 – Photo Competition

April 14th, 2014

Happy-Beer-DrinkersAll Gates’ Easter ‘Road to Wigan Beer’ Festival runs from Thursday 17th April to Sunday 27th April.

At All Gates we occasionally have photos posted on Twitter of our customers enjoying our beers in their favourite pub and so we thought ‘The Road to Wigan Beer’ Festival was a great excuse to run our third  photo competition.

So starting this Thursday, 17th April until the end of the Festival on Sunday 27th April we invite you, to submit your photo/s from an All Gates pub featuring a festival pint. It matters not whether it is you simply supping a pint of beer, or sharing a few pints with your mates or relaxing by the bar with a pint and an attractive lady; although the latter will definitely benefit your chances; all we ask when you post the photo/s is that you advise us which beer it is, which pub and the date. Photos must be shared to Twitter using the hashtag #AllGatesPhoto, to be entered into the competition.  Read the rest of this entry »

27th Wigan Beer Festival

February 10th, 2014

The 27th Wigan Beer Festival for the fifth year running forms part 27th Wigan Beer Festivalof the Wigan Food and Drink Festival. The beer festival is organised by the Wigan branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). The beer festival runs from Thursday 27th February to Saturday 1st March.

The venue is again Robin Park Sports Arena, Loire Drive, Newtown, Wigan, WN5 0UH opposite the DW Stadium. Over 80 real ales, a cider and perry bar, fruit wines, draught and bottled continental beers and lagers will be available and food over all sessions. Read the rest of this entry »

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival – Beer & Bikes.

January 19th, 2014

MBCF2014I’m late with this post as it is now just a few days away; that is The Manchester Beer & Cider Festival. It’s been organised by the same people as the National Winter Ales Festival which has been based in Manchester for the past four/five years until they hauled that off to Derby this year. Based on the organisation of the NWAF however, you just know it will be good.  And they have it seems come up with what will be a fantastic venue, The Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre in East Manchester.

There will be over 300 cask conditioned, 75 ciders & perries, and a good selection of bottle conditioned and imported beers. All the bars (16 of them) will be located in the centre of the Velodrome track which the public has access to via a tunnel which runs below the track.  Punters can opt to stay on the floor or return to the concourse where there is seating for 1,500. The concourse will also host the festival games area and food vendors. Read the rest of this entry »

25th Bent & Bongs Beer Bash, Atherton 2014

January 7th, 2014

The Bent & Bongs Charitable Trust, in association with Wigan CAMRA,BaBYUkPCYAAQAzw is holding the 25th Bent and Bongs Beer Bash, from 30th January to 1st February 2014.

The venue is again Formby Hall, Atherton, Manchester, M46 9EY. Click here for a map. The closest railway station is Atherton, shown on the above map (top right corner). Walking time from the station to the venue is 5 minutes, although the return trip can take much longer! A good place to check the train times is at The Train Line.

The festival begins at 6.00p.m. Thursday and is open to 11.00 p.m admission £5. The festival is again opening early for the Friday session to try and reduce the queue times, however the Friday session always fills up very quickly, so get there early to avoid the queues. It runs from 4.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. £7 and Saturday’s sessions from 12 noon to 4.00 p.m. then 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

Captain John H. Behan again, AllGates Collaborations and Blue Sky Tea Pale Ale

November 2nd, 2013

250_medIt was back in March I wrote about the lack of posts on this blog and that it was not what I wanted it to be…. Captain John H. Behan & ebuzzing rankings.

As I said then I had been extremely busy and that anyone who knows me will know I don’t, in the words of the Captain do half assed. I promised to make a real effort and that if I couldn’t get things together then it may be time to call it a day. I hoped not, but as in life all good things as indeed all shit things, must come to an end.

Well I made a real effort until late July since when I see I have made only one post! My Ebuzzing ranking has consequently suffered, having fallen faster than Justin Bieber’s pants. That in itself is not an issue but after a meeting this week with our web designer guy it means the lack of new material on the blog and our website news section means less traffic to the brewery website. We are updating the website over the next few months so it will be more responsive to mobiles and tablets etc., and in conjunction with these changes brewery news items will now also feature on the blog. Read the rest of this entry »

All Gates ‘Road to Wigan Beer’ Festival 3rd – 13th October 2013 – Photo Competition

October 4th, 2013

All Gates’ ‘Road to Wigan Beer’ the-road-to-wigan-beer-festival-2013Festival runs from Thursday 3rd October to Sunday 13th October.

At All Gates we occasionally have photos posted on Twitter of our customers enjoying our beers in their favourite pub and so we thought The Road to Wigan Beer Festival was a great excuse to run our second photo competition.

So starting from tomorrow Saturday 5th October we invite you, to submit your photo from an All Gates pub featuring a festival pint. It matters not whether it is you simply supping a pint of beer, or sharing a few pints with your mates or relaxing by the bar with a pint and an attractive lady; although the latter will definitely benefit your chances, all we ask when you post the photo is that you advise us which beer it is, which pub and the date. Photos must be shared to Twitter using the hashtag #AllGatesPhoto, to be entered into the competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Desert Island Beers – Charlie McVeigh

July 26th, 2013

Photo credit: Paul Winch-FurnessThis weeks Desert Island castaway is Charlie McVeigh founder and director of London based, The Draft House. Charlie’s Twitter profile describes him thus. The best and mostest beer. The Yolk. The Smoke. And The Poke. And we’re (on) Seething now.

The Draft House is a small group of Public Houses which their website says aim to do for beer what our culture has done for food and wine over the past twenty years.  His Draft Houses, now number six; Goodge Street, Northcote Road, Lordship Lane, Battersea Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Road and the newest, Seething at Tower Hill, close to the Tower of London.

The Draft House concept is built around a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, high quality pub food and as suggested by the brand name, interesting draught beers. Read the rest of this entry »

All Gates, the Giraffe & Acacia trees!

July 21st, 2013

Several weeks ago I wrote about my latest thoughts of aGiraffe With an Acacia Tree at Sunset, Kenya saturated brewery market and asked where was it all going to end but said, as always, the market would decide.

I intended to start this post with a quote from Charles Darwin but have since found the quote I wanted to use was a paraphrase by a Leon C. Megginson; but who was writing about Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change.”

The Giraffe v The Acacia Tree. The sight of a giraffe browsing on the leaves of an acacia is synonymous with Africa and giraffes have a fondness for them that is unrivaled by any other species. Read the rest of this entry »

Desert Island Beers – Logan Plant

July 19th, 2013

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This weeks Desert Island castaway is Logan Plant – Head Brewer and founder of  Beavertown Brewery.

Duke’s Brew & Que restaurant, in Hackney, was until recently the nerve centre of Beavertown brewery, which was set up in 2012 by Logan and Byron Knight, from Los Angeles. They named their brewery Beavertown as this is the old cockney name given to its location – De Beauvoir Town – which was famed across Victorian London for its local breweries and ale houses.

Beavertown beer use to be brewed in the kitchen at Duke’s and then the rest of the production and bottling took place in a nearby lock up. However in March this year the brewery moved to Beaver Towers in Stour Rd, Hackney Wick, Bow, a move which no doubt pleased the chef’s at Duke’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Desert Island Beers – Andy Moffat

July 12th, 2013

This weeks Desert Island castaway is Andy Moffat, brewer Andy-Moffat_169533k& director, Redemption Brewing Company Ltd, Tottenham, London N17.

The road to Redemption wasn’t an overnight one for Andy. Rewind five years to a very different brewing landscape and the 40 year old (banker by day and avid home brewer by night) was busy trying to find a compelling enough reason to abandon his outlandish idea of starting a microbrewery in north London. What happened was the opposite though. After a year of serious research, the Glaswegian exile couldn’t find a strong enough reason not to take the plunge. Andy quit his 9-5 job on the 4th July 2009 (Independence Day, no less), promptly found premises in Tottenham and started building work on north London’s very first brewery in a generation. Read the rest of this entry »