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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Celebrate the Bury Beer Pioneers at the Bury Beer Festival 2015 Friday 20th & Saturday 21st November 2015

The Bury Beer Festival, from Friday 20th to Saturday 21st November, is a not to be missed opportunity to taste new craft ales to the accompaniment of a magnificent live music line up; including Celtic-Folk-Jazz musicians, Red Hippo on Friday; Manchester acoustic trio, The Hayes Sisters and six piece folk, roots and rock-n-roll combo, The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band, performing on Saturday. Traditional Lancashire food completes the feast for the senses.

Organised by Bury’s top live music venue, The Met and local craft beer pioneers, The Clarence and Silver Street Brewery, the annual festival delivers an emporium of craft ales, ciders and perries and champions local micro-breweries that have become a thriving industry in the town.


The Brewers

Local artisan brewers, Outstanding Beers, Irwell Works Brewery, Ramsbottom Craft Brewery, Silver Street Brewing Company, Leyden Brewery and Deeply Vale Brewery join the party in the town that claims a leading role in the UK’s micro-brewing revolution, alongside a hand-picked selection of ales from across the country including Pennine Brewing Company.


The Bands

Red Hippo is a stunning mix of sousaphone, Irish whistles, saxophones and strings, exploring a musical world influenced by traditional folk music with jazz influenced arrangements. Coming from previous incarnations in jazz, ska and folk bands these three excellent musicians create an exciting clash of sound that appeals across the board – their style means they are not restricted by genre and have appeared at folk, world and jazz festivals.


The Hayes Sisters are an acoustic trio from Greater Manchester with three guitars, three voices, a banjo, and are another example of close sibling harmonies! They mix original songs of their own with the well known, selected from the traditional music of England and Ireland plus the US west coast close harmonies of bands like Crosby, Still, Nash and Young. Their songs reflect personal experiences and emotions and those inspired by history, politics, art and literature.


The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a six piece folk, roots and rock-n-roll combo based in-and-around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley.

Describing the band as ‘a cross between The Pogues and Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Session Band’, Leeds Music Scene agreed, saying the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band left them ‘spellbound and desperate for more!’


Run by The Met and Automatic, Bury Beer Festival is now in it’s seventh year after taking over from the CAMRA festival in Bury in 2009. Each November the Beer Festival welcomes over 1,500 visitors who are encouraged to vote for their favourite Beer of the Festival. The festival also fundraises for A Better Met, to help reach the final £500,000 target to a refurbishment and redevelopment the Bury arts venue.


Bury Beer Festival runs from 12noon – midnight on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st November. Entrance to the festival is £2 on Friday afternoon (before 5pm) and £4 on Friday evening (after 5pm) and all day Saturday. CAMRA members and members of The Met are entitled to half-priced entry with a valid membership card.


The Met also offers a VIP Beer Festival experience featuring queue-jump entry, £10 worth of beer vouchers, a limited edition festival glass, a festival programme and a food voucher. VIP packages are £20 and must be bought in advance from The Met or the Beer Festival website.


For more information about Bury Beer Festival please phone The Met on 0161 761 2216 or go online at www.burybeerfestival.co.uk




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Festival images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tnqodu22k2oy7pq/AAATUHtvOgnlSVuz5De_5LRNa?dl=0




The Met, Malt and Automatic

Situated in Bury, Lancashire, The Met is a centre of live music noted nationally for its specialist folk music programme incorporating two performance spaces, Automatic Restaurant, Malt real ale and whiskey bar and Edwin Street Recording Studio.

The Met runs Bury Beer Festival each November in the Main Theatre space and in Malt bar which lies between the venue and the restaurant.


Silver Street Brewing Company

Silver Street is Bury’s newest Micro-brewery situated in the basement of The Clarence on Silver Street, which opened a year ago this month. Silver Street Brewing Company made its debut at Bury Beer Festival 2013 and now produces over 12 different ales.


Outstanding Beers

Bury based Outstanding Beers were established in 2008 with the aim of Bringing the Art Back to the Science of Brewing.


Irwell Works Brewery

Irwell Works Brewery is situated in the former Irwell Steam, Tin, Copper and Iron Works on Irwell Street in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. The building dates from 1888 and originally built for local coppersmith Richard Mason. Irwell Works started brewing in November of 2010, winning Beer of the Festival for ‘Copper Plate’ at Bury Beer Festival later the same month.


Ramsbottom Craft Brewery

Ramsbottom Craft Brewery is a fast growing microbrewery fermenting top quality artisan beers. Brewmaster Matt Holmes handcrafts real ales using premium ingredients and the strictest brewing procedures. “Craft beer” is produced in the truest sense of the term.


Pennine Brewery

Set within the back-bone of Britain, Pennine Brewery is a Cask Ale Company who produce on a Bavarian Brewhouse.


Deeply Vale Brewery

Based near the centre of Bury, Deeply Vale Brewery takes its name from a secluded valley in the Pennine foothills above the town – an area also known to people of a certain vintage for its legendary music festivals in the 1970’s. The Brewery was founded in 2012 and won Beer of the Festival for DV8 at Bury Beer Festival in November the following year.


Red Bank Cider

Bolton’s first commercial Cider makers, Red Bank Cider was officially launched on the 21st June 2013 at Manchester first Cider Festival, winning the people’s vote for Cider of the Festival.


A Better Met

The Met hosts a sponsored bar to help raise funds for charitable causes each year. Staffed by The Met’s volunteers this year the sponsored bar will be raising money for the A Better Met campaign to help rejuvenate the historic venue.


Derby Hall was first opened in 1850 by famous Victorian architect Sydney Smirke for the Earl of Derby. The building enjoyed many guises over the years and became a part of Manchester’s musical history in 1980 as the setting for the famous Joy Division riot.

For more information on A Better Met go online to www.themet.biz/better