Glastonbury weekend is always a curious one across Manchester, where those that were lucky/bothered enough to get tickets leave the city for the stone circle and all its trappings, and those of us left behind enjoy a few days of relative peace and quiet. We can also enjoy festivals without travelling on a sweaty, ketty coach for seven hours now as Oddest Bar brings its own beer festival to Chorlton, running alongside the South Manchester suburb’s first ever coffee festival. Since its inception in 2009, rounding out the Odd trilogy, Oddest has been well loved by locals for its selections of fine ales and ciders, even winning CAMRA’s Pub of the Season Spring and Cider pub of the year in 2011. Taking its first leap into beer festival territory, the festival will offer over 12 real ales on hand pumps, featuring the likes of Offbeat, Red Willow and Lymestone breweries, plus homemade pies to help keep you supping. On Sat 29 Oddest welcomes Duncan Barton from Ticketybrew to talk about their bottle-conditioned ale that are current taking over Manchester, as well as live music from local heroes TG Elias, Aidan Smith and dreadlocked dreamboat JP Cooper. It promises to be a lovely weekend of ale, pies, live music and hopefully some sunshine too. Who needs Glastonbury? (If the answer is you then good news too: Oddest will be showing coverage on its big screens in the evenings).

Fri 28 – Sun 30 Jun, Oddest Bar, 414-416 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, M21 0SD. Tel: 0161 860 7515, from Friday 5pm onward, FREE (the beers ain’t),

Fri 28 Jun - Sun 30 Jun
John Stansfield
Published on:
Wed 19 Jun 2013