A couple of weeks ago I promised a few hints as to other places to visit in Manchester if the Winter Ales Festival does not hit the spot for you.
I have discovered at least two festivals in pubs to coincide with the big event. The New Oxford (right) at Salford is promising around 50 beers, mostly through the bar but with cellar runs available when staff are free to do it. (Its worth it just to watch Tim running outside to the cellar with his tray!). The Smithfield on Swan Street has also mentioned a festival and is nearer to the larger event, but I have no more details.
If these are not to your taste, then other pubs in the area do make an effort to source more unusual beers at this time. The Angel, The Crown & Kettle and Bar Fringe are usually worth a call and are all in easy reach of the Winter Ales Festival and Victoria Station.
So if you are at a loose end this week then maybe a trip to Manchester may lift the Winter Blues.