The Society for The Preservation of Beers from the Wood
Northern Ireland Branch


2016 in Belfast


Thursday 21st July to Sunday 24th.

I am now working on this and have a basic agenda which, no doubt will change closer to the time.

NEC and branch members will be arriving from Thursday onwards. A breakdown of the events will follow but it should include brewery visits and pub crawls.
I would hope that branch members would fully support this by setting aside time to be there and meet our visitors.

Remember to bring your SPBW membership card for discounts.
Also, download the Nicholson Ale App (Andriod/iPhone only): DOWNLOAD APP for discount at the Crown Liquor Saloon.


A few people will be arriving late in the afternoon, so a few hours to get them into the mood.

*Meet in the Crown Bar from 7:30pm for a chance to see one of Belfast's most historic and Grade A listed buildings.
Ale discount with Nicholson's App. Download here: HERE

*Move to The Bridge House Bar for late bar snacks if needed and a range of cask ales. A relaxed evening of chat, cask ale and a few snacks, and off to bed in preparation for the Friday Pub crawl.
People may be arriving anytime during the day so we have arranged a pub crawl where members can meet us anytime that suits once they book into their hotel. A contact number will be provided.

*Meet at the Hudson Bar, upstairs 11am, Talk&Taste with Tom Ray from Mourne Mountains Brewery.
Nibbles if required (Special Canape Menu - see below). Downstairs for a selection of craft ales

*A short walk to the Sunflower Pub to have a look at this old historic back street boozer, one of the few left in Belfast. Talk&Taste with Hillstown Brewery and some background about their farm produce. Plus, lots of information & advice about home brewing and equipment from Get 'Er Brewed.

Two beers from the wood! Both from Cheshire Brewery and one a lager - first time since 1994 (when SPBWNI was first formed in the old Kitchen Bar) has a beer from the wood been served in Belfast!
With Thanks to Pedro and his great Team.

*A ten minute walk brings us to John Bittles Bar for some more craft and maybe meet John, one of Belfast's characters.

*Another ten minutes and we are round at Belfast's iconic Victorian liquor saloon - The Crown Bar.

*Five minutes and we arrive at Wetherspoon's Bridge House Bar for a selection from eight handpumps and a late night snack if needed.

*Meet opposite Belfast's landmark City Hall for a short bus trip along the Ormeau Road, across the Lagan river and enter the Errigle Inn. Talk&Taste with Niall McMullan of Hercules Brewery and Joseph McMullan of Knockout Brewery (no relation). A chance to get to know the brewer, the set-up and the beers. Afterwards a selection of cask ales at the bar.

*A short walk across the road and visit the Brewbot for an introductory tour and a selection of beers.

*Back into Belfast to The Bridge House for a Talk&Taste with Geoff Nuttal of Maltmeister Brewery and Charles Ballantyne of Ards Brewing Company. An evening meal/snacks and some convivial conversation before the majority of SPBW members head back to their accommodation for a well earned rest.
*Meet at the front of the City Hall 10:50 for a guided tour. Finish about noon.

*Round to The Bridge House. Barry McMullan from the National Homebrew Club will be there for a talk and hopefully some samples.

Lunch and some convivial conversation before the majority of SPBW members head off to catch their transport home.

Branch Weekend Information.

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