1. Tim Scott, ITV News

Brewing up a storm - the North West beers proving a real hit

The region's at the centre of an independent brewery boom. Credit: ITV News

We've heard our region described as the northern powerhouse but now it's being called the brewing powerhouse.

A revolution in the making and selling of beer is well underway, with a dramatic rise in the number of so-called micro breweries and the sales of craft beer.

And that success is beng celebrated at Manchester's beer and cider festival which gets underway tonight.

Our reporters formed an orderly queue - and Tim Scott managed to push himself to the front of it to bring us this report.