While we are working on this year’s festival, have a look back at 2016…

We had a fabulous beer list last year – festival-goers voted for their favourites and the results were:

Gold Overall Beer of the Festival: Wiper and True, Milk Shake
Gold Light Beer of the Festival: Thornbridge, Ruin
Bronze Overall Beer of the Festival: Outstanding, Lacuna (Milk Stout)
Silver Light Beer of the Festival: Deeply Vale, Drink Diep
Bronze Light Beer of the Festival: Drink Up Brewing, dubSPRING
Bronze Dark Beer of the Festival: Thirst Class, American Brown Ale


In early July, a small number of Bolton branch members joined our Wigan branch friends on a trip to Peakender and Thornbridge Brewery, itself. After a detailed tour of the brewery, led by head brewer Dom Driscoll, BCBF organiser, Pete Kobryn, presented Dom with the Gold Award for “Light Beer of the Festival”, won by the wonderfully complex beer, Ruin.

Early August, a branch social trip was organised to visit Deeply Vale Brewery and Bury pubs. Brewer, James Stewart, had produced a special beer for BCBF this year, Drink Diep, a Belgian style cask ale. Whilst the branch members enjoyed drinking the two beers put on for them, by James (for free) our Chairman, Graham Walsh, presented him with the Silver Award for “Light Beer of the Festival”.

All attendees at BCBF have an opportunity to vote for their favourite beer and cider from what’s on offer; the votes are then counted and we announce the people’s choice and make presentations. Branch members should look out for a couple of future presentations we have yet to make.


Deeply Vale receiving their award

Deeply Vale receiving their award



Thornbridge Presentation



Thirst Class Award








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