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BEERPREST FAQs

When & where is the festival?

Festival is Thursday 25th- Saturday 27th February 2016 at The Longfield Suite, Prestwich M25 1AY. Details on how to get here via bus and tram are available here

What are the times and last entrances?

  • Thursday 25th Feb – doors open 6pm, last entrance 10pm, last orders 11pm, finish 11.30pm
  • Friday 26th Feb – doors open 12pm, last entrance 10.30pm, last orders 11.30pm, finish 12am
  • Saturday 27th Feb – doors open 12pm, last entrance 10.30pm, last orders 1am, finish 1.30am

What are the admission prices?

This year we have adopted an all-inclusive admission for Friday/Saturday – this will speed things along at the front door and get you to the bar as quickly as possible!

Thursday VIP tickets can be bought via skiddle (see link on the tickets page) or via Cuckoo and All the Shapes in Prestwich and Piccadilly records in Manchester.

All Prices include entrance, limited edition glass and programme.

  • Thursday Evening                                           £12 advance – £15 on the door (subject to                                                                                           capacity)
  • Festival Pass                                                     £25

All Prices include entrance, limited edition glass, programme and £5 of beer tokens.

  • Friday afternoon 12-6pm                              £10 (£7 to CAMRA members, NHS and HM                                                                                                    Forces)
  • Friday evening 6pm onwards                      £12
  • Saturday all day (incl. evening)                  £12
  • Cocktail masterclass                                       £15

Do I pay a glass deposit?

No. This year we have included the cost of your glass in your admission. The glasses include a donation to the festival charity, Super Josh, and are an exclusive design for 2016. Consequently, there will be no glass deposit refunds – and as a result of this, our chosen charity SuperJosh benefits.

Can I buy tickets in advance?

Tickets can only be bought in advance for the Thursday VIP Launch Night with Badly Drawn Boy. There are also a small number of Festival passes available in advance for those wishing to attend every day of the festival. Friday and Saturday are pay on the door (subject to capacity).

Why is there a fee for booking tickets online?

BeerPrest is using Skiddle for online tickets and they charge an admin booking fee.

How much is a pint/drink?

The cost of a pint is anywhere between £3 – £4, depending on ABV of the beer or cider. Wine is £2.50 – £4.50, depending on the drink size and all the gins are from £4 (including mixer).

 Do you sell drinks in thirds and halves?

We only sell drinks in half pints and pints for beer and cider and 125ml, 175ml and 250ml for wine. Gins are served in either 25ml or 50 ml measures.

Will there be food available at the venue? How do you pay?

Yes, this year our food concessions are: Tampopo, The Real Thai Pie and Meet Frank. There will also be crisps and chocolate bars available at The Longfield Suite Bar. All food concessions are cash only.

Are there beer tokens or is it a cash bar?

All bars (with the exception of the Longfield bar) are token bars. We find this quicker and easier not only for you but also for the army of volunteers who help us. Tokens can be bought as you come in and can be topped up at any time.

Can unused/partly used beer tokens be refunded?

No. Once purchased, please use them on the day purchased. The design will change each day of the festival, so they also cannot be used on different days. If you have any left on your token sheet, seek out a SuperJosh volunteer and please donate to this excellent cause.

Can I get a pass out?

Due to the popularity of the festival we can only allow a quick pass out of 15 minutes so people can have a smoke, get cash etc…. No drinks can be taken outside the venue.

You ran out of beer last year – will this happen again?

The million dollar question! Good news is we have ordered a LOT more beer this year – more than 50%. However, we do not ration the beers and we cannot simply order more cask beer, as it generally takes more than 24 hours to settle for consumption.

We have reviewed what happened last year and we will be having beer lists in the entrance so everyone can see what beers and ciders are left – before you pay to get in.

Will I have to queue to get in?

It is possible that you may have to queue at busy times. There is a limit to the number of people we can have in the venue (for health and safety reasons), so there may be times when there is a one in/one out policy. We will keep everyone updated via social media and on the door if this situation occurs.

Can I bring by own drinks?

No. The festival bars serve beer, cider, wine, prosecco, lager and gin. The Longfield bar has spirits as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks for those who don’t want to drink.

 Can I bring children?

Under 18s are welcome but must leave the festival by 5pm on both the Friday and Saturday afternoons. Safety is important to us, so each child must be accompanied by an adult, who’ll be responsible for them inside the venue.

Why do I have to pay to get in?

An event like this has a lot of costs associated with it. We pride ourselves in making sure that your beer, cider and other drinks are of the best quality and served properly, you have great food, supporting local charities as well as putting on some fantastic entertainment. We do not get anything donated, so we have to charge an admission to cover these costs.

 

Announcing The Prestwich Beer Festival (BeerPrest) Dates for February 2016

The Prestwich Beer Festival, aka BeerPrest, is pleased to confirm it will be returning to The Longfield Suite, Prestwich on Thursday 25th-Saturday 27th February 2016, supported by Beer Junkets and Upfront Apparel.

The first two BeerPrest events were a huge success (with over 3,500 visitors) and the third is set to be even bigger and better with several new added attractions, including a special Artisan Gin Bar. Plus, extra beer will be fully stocked up for the big Saturday night party finale!

BeerPrest is committed to being a family-friendly beer festival for the community of Prestwich and beyond ~ celebrating its wealth of great independent businesses, shops, breweries, food and ~ of course ~ local people, who just love having a fantastic social event on their doorstep!

BeerPrest offers a unique take on traditional Beer Festivals ~ aside from its terrific selection of beers, food and gin, there will be 3 nights of quality entertainment as part of the whole BeerPrest experience:

Thursday’s VIP launch night at The Longfield Suite will offer an exclusive cabaret-styled evening in the form of comedy, music and spoken word, where people will have the first opportunity to sample a selection of the beers on offer;

Friday night is the popular band night, where 2 or 3 acts will be performing on stage; then for the final day, a traditional Oompah band will perform in the Saturday afternoon, followed by the finale party in the evening with guest DJs.

The nominated charity for BeerPrest 2016 is the Joshua Wilson Brian Tumour Charity aka SuperJosh.  “Helping children and their families who have brain tumours, post surgery disabilities and others along Josh’s Journey”.

Details of all the artists, performers and DJs will be announced shortly, along with information on headline sponsors, catering and how to volunteer to be part of BeerPrest.

Follow BeerPrest on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates and sign up on the website mailing list for exclusive competitions, announcements and details on BeerPrest 2016.

For more information, images, interviews or any press-related enquiries, please contact Alison Bell:

Clear as A Bell-Creative Ideas, Events & PR

07818 256 434

@clearasabell

 

Have you heard of Tryanuary?

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Tryanuary (http://www.tryanuary.co.uk) is a new initiative encouraging Mancunians, and the nation, to try new beers and support independent pubs, breweries and retailers during the month of January.

January is traditionally a quiet month for pubs, brewers and alcohol retailers but the campaign aims to inspire people to experiment with new beers, visit local breweries, bars and bottle shops and share their discoveries using the hashtag #tryanuary. 

Tryanuary, launched by Manchester-based beer fan and blogger, Andy Heggs, aims to support the trade during the upcoming ‘dry’ month. It does not encourage excessive drinking, but focuses on experimenting with new beers, brands and outlets.

Happy Tryanuary everyone!