Competition has been fierce in the ‘battle of the brewers’ knock-out contest at The Milson Rhodes, in Didsbury.
Pub manager Kirstin Downham (second left) and duty manager Leanne Pattison (left) led the girls’ team against the boys, shift leaders Andrew Beattie (centre) and Adam Shearman (right). Also pictured is brewer Mark Jackson, from Hawkshead Brewery.
Eight breweries were paired against one another in the first rounds, with a light and dark beer served from each brewery. Customers were asked to judge the ales and give marks out of five for taste, nose and colour.
The winning breweries then battled it out in the semi-final and ultimate final, at the end of the year.
Blackburn-based Daniel Thwaites Brewery was up against Kelham Island Brewery of Sheffield. Heywood’s Phoenix Brewery was pitted with Milestone of Newark, while Altrincham’s Dunham Massey Brewing Company was up against Derbyshire-based Buxton Brewery, before Cumbria’s Hawkshead took on Macclesfi eld’s RedWillow Brewery.
The girls were invited to Hawkshead Brewery, to brew their own Windermere Pale, and also served Brodie’s Prime for the week-long round, while the boys offered Macclesfi eld Bitter and Smokeless from RedWillow Brewery.
Hawkshead won the heat, in a close contest, and will meet Buxton in the semi-final. Thwaites and Phoenix will battle it out in the other semi.
Kirstin said: “The whole event has been a lot of fun and very competitive! It has been fantastic to showcase so many different ales from a variety of local brewers – and our customers have been spoilt for choice.”