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Bar Fringe (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Nightjar (formerly Slightly Foxed) - Howlin' Fox Exceptional1
Boggart - Extra Rum PorterExceptional1
Black Iris - KrasnyExceptional2
AllGates - CalypsoExcellent1
Salopian - Blackwater Loan SharkExcellent1
Moles - Elmo's FireExcellent1
Summer Wine (SWB) - Valencia Citra Pale AleExcellent1
Bollington - Bollington BestExcellent1
Six Bells - CockchaferExcellent1
Bays - 2013Excellent1
Green Duck - What's A Duck Do!Excellent2
Six Bells - Dozen it taste lovelyGood1
Otley - O3 BossGood1
Elland - Born To Be MildGood1
Newmans - Shifty NibblerGood1
Phoenix - HopsackGood1
Cottage - WellingtonAcceptable1
Acorn - Winter Pale AleAcceptable1
Cottage - Champflower AleNot Tried0
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Dark & DivineNot Tried0
Holden's - Major TomNot Tried0
Hopping Mad - BrainstormNot Tried0
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - IPANot Tried0
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)Not Tried0

Visits Details

26 Mar 2013 (Mick)
Empty when I walked in, not much of a choice of beers due to a "busy weekend". Think it could be really good with a few people in.
Otley - O3 Boss4.40GoodAmber ale, malty and smooth, average.
Marston's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Ruby Beer (was Hobgoblin)4.50Not Tried
25 Jan 2013 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with visitors from the National Winter Ales festival and regulars.
Bays - 20133.90ExcellentAmber bitter with a full flavoured mix of citrussy hops and sweetish malt. Very pleasant refreshing and drinkable beer. My score 16/20.
14 Sep 2012 (Alenomore)
22:30 visit. My last night in the City and a fine place to end my trip. I met up here with well known friend of all Scoopers, Hutch', for the umpteenth time this week? We enjoyed the ale until well after the bewitching hour. A top week of imbibing, bashing new JD's and general discovery. I must return soon.....
Nightjar (formerly Slightly Foxed) - Howlin' Fox 3.50ExceptionalVery nice too. A "cuckoo" brewery and another winner! A pint of this one, that good.
Salopian - Blackwater Loan Shark4.00ExcellentVery good. A second sample this week.
Bollington - Bollington Best4.20ExcellentA decent ale, and a second winner here tonite.
Nethergate (was Nethergate Growler for a while then name reverted) - IPA3.60Not Tried
Green Duck - What's A Duck Do!4.20Not Tried
10 Sep 2012 (Alenomore)
22:30 visit. Last knockings on what is probably the quietest night in the City. Very productive day though, with many new ales ticked.
Black Iris - Krasny5.30ExceptionalIncredible. Fourth winner here tonite. This is just like the good old days! Amazing place.
Moles - Elmo's Fire4.40ExcellentNo.3 winner tonite. A1 again.
Green Duck - What's A Duck Do!4.20ExcellentRe-sampled this [winner]from Saturdays visit. Still in good nick too. Great finish to today, straight to the Smithfield,(closed early tonite). Head down time!
AllGates - Calypso4.10ExcellentSecond winner here tonite. A1?
Phoenix - Hopsack3.80GoodAnd yet another winner? Top class too.
08 Sep 2012 (Alenomore)
22:00 visit. Good crowd in, and some interesting ales on and two others had gone on this visit. A great bar. And I discovered the large garden for the first time. Great to be in Manchester again after nearly four years! Current 2013 gbg entry and 14 times previous in; 1999-2012
Black Iris - Krasny5.30ExceptionalSuperb. And another new brewery for me.
Green Duck - What's A Duck Do!4.20ExcellentWhat a name for an ale? Very good too.
Moles - Elmo's Fire4.40Not Tried
08 May 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Cottage - Wellington4.50AcceptableAmber beer with a fruity and malty flavour and little hop character. My score 14/20.
26 Jan 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Much quieter than when I have visited this pub before at the weekend.
Six Bells - Dozen it taste lovely3.90GoodPale copper in colour, smoothly malty and a little sweet with some hop character.
Cottage - Champflower Ale4.20Not Tried
Epicurus Craft Beer (formerly Hornbeam) - Dark & Divine4.00Not Tried
Holden's - Major Tom4.20Not Tried
Hopping Mad - Brainstorm4.30Not Tried
09 May 2011 (Flying.geordie)
Boggart - Extra Rum Porter6.40Exceptional
Summer Wine (SWB) - Valencia Citra Pale Ale4.00Excellent
Six Bells - Cockchafer4.30Excellent
Newmans - Shifty Nibbler4.10Good
07 May 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Elland - Born To Be Mild3.70GoodRuby mild with a dryish, fruity and malty character. The finish is quite dry and astringent. My score 15/20.
20 Jan 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Acorn - Winter Pale Ale4.50AcceptableHoppy and quite bitter pale ale with a dry, hoppy finish. My score 14/20.

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About the Bar Fringe

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JN.

Bar in the style of a Belgian bar with five real ales from local independent breweries. Belgian, German and Czech bottled beers are also stocked.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 27 different beers and tried 21 of them.

Map location

Postcode: M4 5JN