The Joy of the Micro Pub: Top Beer

A look at the rising popularity of the micro pub

In George Orwell’s ideal pub, the Moon Under the Water, the author favoured a Victorian ambience. No pretence. Even the stale tobacco smoke, a sight that few people born after 1990 are able to remember in public houses. Lager had yet to make its presence known properly fifteen years after his article was published in the London Evening Standard.

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The Stalybridge Seven: a Trail of Pristine Pubs

East of the M60 celebrates the launch of Stalybridge Real Ale Trail 2016

Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar
Pub of Legends: Never leave this world till you call in the Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar. Ever.

The last week has seen the relaunch of the Stalybridge Real Ale Trail. With the opening of Bridge Beers early this year, there has been good reason for its return.
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Top Beer: 3. Stockport Brewing Company’s Stock Porter

Top Beer on Stockport Brewing Company’s porter

For lovers of cask conditioned and bottle conditioned ales, Greater Manchester is some sort of a metropolis for its microbreweries. Stockport town centre also has three microbreweries alongside Frederic Robinson’s Unicorn Brewery. Two of them are yards apart, with the third one closer to Heaviley. Continue reading “Top Beer: 3. Stockport Brewing Company’s Stock Porter”

Stalybridge Micro Pub’s Mega Impact

Bridge Beers’ opening weekend exceeds expectations

Bridge Beers interior shot, ground floor (2)
A view of the ground floor interior from the bar.

Bridge Beers, Stalybridge’s new addition to the town centre’s retail mix, opened its doors on Friday [26 February] to a packed house. The new micro pub on Melbourne Street as crowds flocked to the new establishment.
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Hair to Ale: Stalybridge’s Future Micro Pub

Unisex hairdressers set for conversion to Bridge Beers’ new public house

In an era where pubs tend to close in our borough (and, 9/10ths of the time, face depubification), one place is set to reverse that trend. Cream, a unisex hair salon on 55, Melbourne Street, Stalybridge could become the town’s first micro pub. Continue reading “Hair to Ale: Stalybridge’s Future Micro Pub”

Indie Brewers Aim to Make Next Month ‘Tryanuary’

Smaller breweries’ counteraction to Dry January

A number of UK independent breweries and bottle shops aim to turn January into a month for supporting microbreweries and nano breweries. Known as ‘Tryanuary’, it aims to highlight the wares of local breweries, bottle shops and independently owned off-licences. Though the United Kingdom has the highest number of breweries since Edwardian times, pubs have continued to close. Continue reading “Indie Brewers Aim to Make Next Month ‘Tryanuary’”

It’s Time to Brew! Hyde’s First Brewery Since 1929 Ready for Christmas

Tweed Brewing Company sets up home in Newton

Just off the 346 bus route (along the part hitherto SHMD’s 15 service), Hydonians can drink to the town’s first brewery since 1929. The Tweed Brewing Company have set up a microbrewery on Newton Business Park. Owned by father and son Dave and Sam Ward, this began life as a conversation over a few beers. Continue reading “It’s Time to Brew! Hyde’s First Brewery Since 1929 Ready for Christmas”

Ringway Brewery Cleared For Westminster

Reddish brewery’s bitter set for House of Commons bar

Another one of our local breweries is set to grace the Commons’ bar. This week, it will be the turn of Reddish’s Ringway Brewery. Continue reading “Ringway Brewery Cleared For Westminster”

Time Called for Lager Loving Bugs Bunny Lookalikes

Lager and fancy dress ban imposed on Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar and other pubs on the Rail Ale Trail

Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar
‘…That’s All Folks…’ – if you’re dressed up as Bugs Bunny, Batman, Robin or Wonderwoman. I doubt as if the ‘I’ve come as a chauffeur’ excuse would wash either. And you can’t have a pint of lager, nor a double Laphroaig either.

The Rail Ale Trail was based on an idea by The Independent journalist Stephen O’Loughlin, in an article from 12 December 1988 entitled ‘Trains Pass So Close, Your Drink Rocks Gently in the Glass.

It was commercialised by Northern Rail in 2009, following a TV programme with Oz Clark and James May featuring Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar. It has resulted in footfall passing the million mark at Stalybridge railway station. As a consequence, it has made the Manchester Victoria to Huddersfield all stations service a big earner on Saturdays. Continue reading “Time Called for Lager Loving Bugs Bunny Lookalikes”

Top Beer #4: Robinsons Brewery’s Trooper

East of the M60 reviews another real ale, and unlike the last one, imbibed a little closer to home.

  • Beer: ‘Trooper’ (4.8%);
  • Type of Beer: Premium Bitter/Golden Ale;
  • Brewery: Robinsons, Stockport, Cheshire;
  • Quaffed at: The Arden Arms, Stockport.

Not so long ago, Robinsons Brewery launched a successful ale in cooperation with Bury band Elbow. This year, the front man from Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson emulated that feat with a strong bitter named after a Top 20 Hit of theirs from 1983.

Once more, not so long ago (well, around March of this year to be honest), East of the M60 mentioned this and – true to form – decided to sample the beer itself. Where else could you try their ale apart from in Stockport (and especially so in one of Robinsons’ most revered pubs, The Arden Arms no less)?

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