Tue 17 Aug 2021 22:30


The restrictions are lifting and, having lost the annual fund raising event to the COVID pandemic last summer, the club is delighted to announce that the Eccles Beer & Gin Festival will go ahead as planned, 20th-22nd August, thanks to the geneorus support of our headline sponsor and local brewer First Chop, based just 500m away from our Gorton Street ground.

As we get closer to the event, this page will be updated daily with confirmations of participants, sponsors, and advance ticket news. Early planning suggests there will be over 20 different Beers, over 20 different Gins and at least 4 different Ciders to enjoy, many of them from our regional brewers and distilleries. 

Eccles RFC has been a champion of homegrown talent since 1897, so alongside live music from local performers there will also be quaility food from local producers and a Men's rugby tournament commemorating '100 years of Hoops' where you're sure to see some of the district's finest athletes battling it out for local bragging rites and the chance to lift 'The Eccles Cup'.     

This page first published Sunday 18 July 2021. Updated Monday 16 August.


If you supported the club's Covid Recovery Crowdfunder in March by pledging for an advance festival ticket you can look forward to enjoying free entry to the festival on Friday and Saturday and have exclusive access to Friday's Beer Judging. If you are unable to attend the Beer Judging on Friday you will recieve free entry on Saturday & Beer tokens.


You don't have to be an Ale aficionado or a club member - the Eccles Beer & Gin Festival is a community event and everyone is welcome. Entrance is just £2 per adult and drinks tokens can be purchased at the gate on arrival. 



Friday 20th (sponsor’s day)

Entrance £2

14:30 Doors open to Sponsors, invited guests and Crowdfunder Advance Ticket Holders

16:30 General Public admittance

14:30 - 17:30 Beer Judging (1 hour slots) 

15:00 – 18:00 Rugby Golf on the pitch

17:30 2-Hour Salford Online Facebook Live Streaming  

19:00 Meet the Brewer

22:30 Bar closes


Saturday 21st (rugby day)

Entrance £2

12:30 Doors open

13:00 - 17:00  Rugby '100 Years of Hoops' Tournament

17:00 Eccles Cup awarded to the winning team

18:30 – 22:00 Live Music

22:30 Bar closes


Sunday 22nd (family day)

Free Entrance

12:30 Doors open

Family activities all day

17:30 Bar closes


Eccles RFC

Bolton RUFC

Sedgley Park RUFC

Vale of Lune RUFC

Leigh RUFC

Teams will have 15 players and 3 replacements.

Games will be 30 mins total duration, 15 mins each half with a 5 min break at half time.
5 mins will be allowed between games for teams to leave/take the field.

All 8 teams will play two games each with points awarded for the result. Win 4 points, Draw 2 points, Loss 1 point.
The teams with the highest points score after 2 games will face each other in the finals
In the event of a tie, the number of tries scored will determine result.

1300 (pitch 1) Team 1 v Team 2

1300 (pitch 2) Team 3 v Team 4

1340 (pitch 1) Team 5 v Team 6

1340 (pitch 2) Team 7 v Team 8

1420 (pitch 1) Team 1 v Team 4

1420 (pitch 2) Team 2 v Team 3

1500 (pitch 1) Team 5 v Team 8

1500 (pitch 2) Team 6 v Team 7

1540 Finalists announced

1600 (pitch 2) Bowl Final

1615 (pitch 1) Cup Final 

1655 Cups awarded
1700 Charity Donations total announced


First Chop (Eccles)

JUS | 5.0% | Juicy IPA | East Coast Juicy style of IPA. Big hoppy flavours achieved through double dry hopping with classic US IPA hops. A hazy style with big peach and stone fruit aromas.

POP | 5.4% | Citrus IPA | This American style IPA has everything a juicy IPA should offer and more. A nice pale amber hue with lots of juicy fruit flavours from the likes of citra and summit hops. They use orange peel in the whirlpool to give this beer its distinctive orangey edge.

POW | 4.1% | Juicy Session | This uses large amounts of everything! Oats and wheat are used to give this beer its hefty body, this is balanced out by using a mixture of Wai-Iti and Amarillo. Expect a wonderful bouquet of peach and stone fruit. Hazy, juicy and refreshing.

JAM | 4.0% | Mango PA | A mash up of wonderful malts and American hops. Lovely golden colour and fruity aroma comes from the comet and cascade hops. The beautiful mango flavours in this beer this bring the whole thing together giving you a wonderfully refreshing ale.

POD | 4.2% | Vanilla Oatmeal Stout | A wonderfully approachable stout, we use oats to add a lovely smooth mouthfeel to this deep dark beer. Lovely coffee and chocolate notes come from the premium malted barley and a vanilla hit that melds beautifully with the chocolate profile at the base of this beer.

JOE | 4.2% | Cold Brew Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Smooth creamy stout filled with oats for a lush mouthfeel. Infused with cold brew coffee for flavours of chocolate and subtle fruit.

USA | 4.5% | West Coast IPA | Pine, resinous, off caramel colour with subtle sweet caramel flavours.

GYLE 1001 | 7.0% | Limited edtion. First Chop's first DIPA. Full to the brim with stone fruit and hoppy goodness, brewed using the same 5 hops used to make our first ever beer!  Bobek and Chinook in the whirlpool, followed by a ridiculous dry hopping with Citra, Simcoe and cascade.

Hydes (Salford)

Lowry | 4.7% | Bitter | Refreshing Golden Ale bursting with Citra and Chinook Hops. 

Hopster Blonde | 3.9% | Blonde | A blonde Ale brewed with extra pale malts, flaked rice, wheat and Citra hops for a full on Citra hit. 

Marble (Salford) 

Manchester Bitter | 4.2% | Best Bitter | This most traditional core beer is inspired by a Manchester stalwart; a fondly-remembered original. Speciality malt gives the deep golden colour and robust base, balanced by crisp bitterness and a floral, lemony aroma. 

Metric (aka Pint) | 3.9% | Session Ale | Whatever measure you drink it in, this 3.9% session ale is brewed with an all pale malt bill and then hopped with a blend of New Zealand and US hops. This benchmark beer promises a burst of zesty aromas, uplifting grapefruit flavours and a subtle lemongrass finish.

Lagonda | 5.0% | IPA | Named after a classic car owned by the boss’s father, Lagonda has been a house beer since 1997. The beer was originally designated an IPA but we feel pale ale better reflects current beer definitions. Pale in colour, the malts provide a sturdy body on which is built a citrus and floral hop character.

Seven Brothers (Salford) 

Hoppy Pale | 3.8% |Pale Ale |  A delicious and thirst quenching session pale ale that delivers massive citrus aromas and tropical flavours, Hoppy Pale will hit your palate and leave you wanting more. 

Pomona Island (Salford) 

Scorchio | 3.8% | Summer Ale | A light ale, designed to be refreshing and super drinkable in the Salford heat. 

Cruffatin | 4.1% | Bitter | A proper pint of bitter. 

Strange Times (Salford) 

Ned Kosmo | 4.1% | Blonde | Bursting with the citrussy freshness of New World hops. The badge imagery is based on the Earth goddesses of the old religions, Cybele, Artemis, Freyja, Epona and Danu. 

Mad King Sweeney | 4.6% | Red Ale | Inspired by the turbulent life of Buile Suibhne, our Irish red ale is smooth and balanced enough to calm the mad Irish King who was driven mad by a curse put on him at the battle of Mag Rath. 

Coyote | 4.5% | APA | The trickster spirit! Do not be fooled, there's more to this American Pale Ale then meets the eye. Packed full of American hops and citrus aromas. The badge imagery is based on the story of how the constellations were made. 

Memento Mori | 5.5% | IPA | Our hop forward talisman of death is strong, hoppy and bitter, not to be taken lightly. Memento Mori = remember that you must die. A prompt to embrace life and all the opportunities it presents.

Bank Top (Bolton) 

Port of Call | 5.0% | Porter | A dark and mysterious easy drinking ale with masses of character. Vintage Ruby Port is added to the cask to provide an unusual depth of flavour. One for the connoisseur.

Drayman's Draught | 3.6% | Pale Ale | The American hopped pale ale has a strong citrus flavour with a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Flat Cap | 4.0% | Golden Ale | The brewery’s signature beer, a pale bitter with a citrus aroma and hoppy citrus finish. 

Dunham Massey (Altricham) 

Obelisk | 3.9% | Blonde | An English Blonde. Light and hoppy, but not too bitter, with hints of citrus and grapefruit.

Dark Mild | 3.9% | Mild | A multi-award winning traditional North Western dark mild. Smooth and easy drinking.

Big Tree | 3.9% | A good old fashioned session bitter with a good balance of malt and hops. 

Dunham Press Cider (Altrincham) 

Dabbler | 5.7% | Medium Dry |  A single variety, rich tannic sparkling cider made from Dabinett apples grown on our Cheshire terroir, with a deep caramel aroma.

Perterloo Perry | 6.8% | Perry | A blend of two perry pears Thorn and Huffcap. Winner at National fruit show 2019 and People’s Choice winner at Manchester BCF 2020. 

Red Bank Cider (Bolton) 

Autumn Orchard Cider | 5.0% | Med/Sweet | Smooth, delicious, CAMRA award winning cider. 

Strawberry Cider | 5.0% | Med/Sweet | Delicious, refreshing, natural flavour


4 Sisters (Salford) Lime & Thyme Gin | 40% |Copper pot distilled.

4 Sisters (Salford) Signature Gin | 40% |Copper pot distilled.

4 Sisters (Salford) Passion & Cardamon Gin | 37.5% |Copper pot distilled.

4 Sisters (Salford) Carmael EspressoGin | 37.5% |Copper pot distilled.

4 Sisters (Salford) Cherry Gin | 37.5% |Copper pot distilled.

4 Sisters (Salford) Lemon & Basil Gin | 37.50% |Copper pot distilled.

Singsby (Harrogate) Rhubarb Gin | 40% | Locally sourced botanaticals, combined with sweet yorkshire rhubarb.

Warners (Northhamptonshire) Rhubarb Gin | 40% | Fresh Tangy and sweet made with freshly pressed Rhubarb on Fall Farm. 

Whitley Neill (Liverpool) Rhubarb & Gin Gin | 43% | Tart, crisp edge, warmed by real ginger, full bodied, complex finish. 

Boe (Scotland) Violet Gin | 41.5% | Small Batch, award wining gin, infused with violets to create a light delicate taste. 

Brockmans (London) Gin | 40% | Premium , smooth, blueberrys, blackberrys, bitter sweet orange peel, lemon, corrinander. 

Bombay Sapphire (London) Gin | 40% | 1761 recipe, smooth, complex, elegant, light speict finish. 

Tanqueray (London)  Flor de Sevilla Gin  | 41.3% | Made with Bittersweet Seville Oranges 

Hendricks (Scotland) Gin | 41.4 % | Traditional botanicals, Corriander, Citrus peel infused with cucumber and rose petals. 

Gordons (London) Mediterranean Orange Gin | 37.5% | Zesty, refreshing, inspired by a 1929 Gordons recipe. 

Gordons (London) White Peach Gin | 37.5% | Elegant, sweet notes of peach balanced with classic Gordons.

Gordons (London) Premium Pink Gin | 37.5% | Sweet Raspberry and Strawberry with the tang of red currant.

Ophir (London) Dry Gin | 40 % | Spices of the Orient, unique hand-picked botancials, cubebs, cardimon and tellicherry pepper.


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