Mild Magic

We are pleased to announce that the following pubs in Salford & District are taking part in this year’s Stockport and South Manchester CAMRA “Mild Magic”

Eccles Cross, Eccles

Lamb Hotel, Eccles

The Park, Monton

Stanley Arms, Patricroft

New Oxford, Salford

Morning Star, Wardley/Swinton

For full details of Mild Magic, please see Stockport and South Manchester branch of CAMRA’s Mild Magic page.

Source: Salford Branch News

Nominations for the Good Beer Guide

We know that sometimes it is difficult for some people to attend the weekly socials and meetings due to other commitments. In recognition of this, we are trialling nomination of pubs by email for the Good Beer Guide entries for Salford & District branch.

If you would like to nominate a pub to be considered for one of our entries, please send an email to our Pubs Officer, Robert Chafer ku.gro.armac.droflas@buptahw(). Please ensure that you include your CAMRA membership number and details of why you think the pub should be considered. All nomination emails must be received by 28 January. Nominations will be considered for the shortlist at a meeting on 30 January (please see branch diary for details).

Source: Salford Branch News

"Official unofficial" best beer in Salford competition

The “Official unofficial” best beer in Salford competition took place at the recent Eccles RFC Beer & Gin Festival on 17, 18 19 August 2018.

Here are the results as supplied by Martin Parkinson:

  • The beer was split into 4 categories; Pale Ale & Golden Ale, Bitter, Best Bitter & IPA, and Speciality Beers.
  • The winner of each category would then go forward to a final judging panel to find the Best Beer of Salford.
  • Dark Beers are to be judged next year during Winter Months.
  • Four breweries supplied a beer in each category. One brewer did not have a beer which fell into the Speciality category and therefore only supplied 3.
  • During the first stage of judging, i.e. for best beer in each category, all beers were tasted by 4 judges.
  • For the final round of judging, i.e. best overall beer, all beers were tasted by 6 judges.
  • Judging panels were made up of Eccles RFC club members & CAMRA members.
  • Beers were scored out of 10 for: clarity, smell, conditioning, taste 1 & taste 2.

Category Results:

Pale Ale & Golden Ale:

Winner – Pale by Pomona Island

Runner Up – Session by Seven Bro7hers.


Winner – 1863 by Hydes,

Runner Up – Red by Outstanding.

Best Bitter & IPA:

Winner – IPA by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – IPA by Outstanding

Speciality Beer:

Winner – Peach by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – Witbier by Outstanding

Overall Best Beer of Salford Results:

Winner – IPA by Seven Bro7hers

Runner Up – Peach by Seven Bro7hers

Customers Choice:

  • Going by volume sales of all the beers, Seven Bro7hers brewery were a clear winner with the highest volume of sales – not difficult when you consider they had a winner or runner up in 3 of the 4 categories.
  • Joint second place on volume sales were First Chop Brewery & Pomona Island Brewery – I have put them joint as they were within a gallon of each other and the recorded figures were subject to my reading of the dip stick, with a shaky hand and sore head.

A very interesting exercise to say the least.

Thanks to the CAMRA members who took part in the judging.

Eccles RFC open this Saturday

We still have a bit of beer to get rid of, including category winners & runners up. All the beer has been kept under good cellar conditions with casks sealed since Sunday.

As we have a game at home, Eccles Rugby Club will be open Saturday 25th from 13:00 till early evening. Anyone wishing to come and help mop up the surplus are more than welcome. Beer prices will also be reduced from festival prices.

Source: Salford Branch News

Eccles RFC Beer & Gin Festival – 17, 18 19 August 2018

This festival is running over three days – Friday, Saturday & Sunday. There will be twenty beers, six ciders and ten gins, as well as hot food, live music and rugby. There is also a competition between the five Salford breweries – “The official, unofficial best beer in Salford”. Entry is only £3 each day or a reduced rate of £2 for club and CAMRA members.

Source: Salford Branch News