Real Ale Appreciation Group


Summary Monthly meetings, days and times to vary 
Venue Breweries, unique pubs and beer festivals 
Contact Lawrence Devaney - Telephone details are in the paper/email copy of the newsletter
Email groups@bramhallu3a.org.uk with 'Real Ale Appreciation' as the subject

The primary aim of this group is to expand members knowledge of the brewing process through visits and talks; to investigate the spectacular growth in micro pubs/breweries; to experience the phenomenal range of beer products and to have the opportunity to socialise with like-minded members. Short to medium term our Group visits breweries, unique pubs, and beer festivals on a monthly basis that are accessible with local public transport. However, long term aspirations cover visits to further afield aided by commercial coach operators. This is an all-inclusive group and so any Bramhall U3A member will be very welcome to join.


Upcoming visits

21st Aug - The Wellington, Stockport
For August I think we should give the Wellington a try. The owner/landlord has provided a traditional style public house by converting two old retail units although you would not know from just looking at the results. He is also enthusiastic about real ale and initially has sensibly limited this to 3 beer pumps with Wainwright as the regular beer. At the time of writing this he offers 2 changing beers but is considering adding a further 2 pumps for the real ale seekers. The interior has been thoughtfully and comfortably decorated. At present food is not available so I would suggest that we meet at 2pm on Wednesday 21st August. It’s easy to find, 59-61 Wellington Rd South (i.e. A6). The Wellington is possible one of the easiest pubs for us to travel to, if you arrive by train it’s across the A6 from the station exit past the swimming pool. Arriving by bus the pub is equidistant between the northbound and southbound bus stops on the A6.

Weekend 23rd Aug - Woodford Cricket Club Beer Festival
August Bank Holiday weekend Woodford Cricket Club are holding their traditional Beer Festival. It opens on the evening of the 23rd August but on Saturday and Sunday afternoon visitors can also enjoy the cricket viewed from the pavilion about 20 paces from a choice of 16 cask ales. Catching the right 42B bus will drop you off outside the club otherwise it’s a short walk from the 42B bus stop on Chester Rd. Address is Moor Lane, Woodford. SK7 1PW.

27th Sep, - The Magnet, Stockport
Our September meeting will coincide with the Stockport Beer Week Event, actually a 10/11- day celebration of beer in the Town. Some great one-off activities and week-long ones are being organised by the local pubs supported by CAMRA and the Council. Many of the one- off events will be ticketed and, in the evening, but the event that looks right up our street will be based at the Magnet, also situated on the A6. The Magnet well known as a beer destination for lovers of real ale is planning to offer beers that have a history of success as Champion Beers of Britain or at other notable beer Festivals. As the Magnet is a pub that only opens from 4pm for most of the week we will meet on Friday the 27 th September at 2pm. We have visited before and it’s easy to find on Wellington Rd North, number 51. A short walk from the bus stop on the A6 or about 10minutes walking from the station.

Previous visits

20 Jun 2019Rising Sun, Manchester
25 Apr 2019Grove Ale House, Hazel Grove
10 Nov 2018Torrside Brewing Company, Newmills
27 Sep 2018Project 53, Stockport
17 Aug 2018Flute & Firkin, Cask Tavern, Poynton
25 Jul 2018Mounting Stone, Bramhall

Visit Reports

Nov 2017 Visit to The Malt Disley

Oct 2017 Visit to Remedy Bar & Brewhouse, Stockport

Sep 2017 Visit to Petersgate Tap, Stockport

Aug 2017 Visit to Mounting Stone, Bramhall



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