Manchester is in the midst of a beer revolution with a seemingly never-ending stream of new breweries opening their doors and showcasing their beers in the city’s pubs and bars.
But if you want to sample the freshest beer in the city, many breweries are now inviting punters to drink on their premises by hosting regular brew taps.
Here’s five brewery taps to visit in Manchester to drink beer from the source – keep an eye on their websites and social media for upcoming event dates.
Absolutely special day for the brewtap today, it's stunning. Mellow records playing, beer sipping and made in tawain! pic.twitter.com/In6dzE5cIU
— Blackjack Beers (@Blackjackbeers) September 26, 2015
Blackjack were one of the forerunners of hosting brewery tap events in Manchester, and their events are not one to miss. Beer-wise, expect plenty of their own brews and a selection of handpicked options from guest breweries and they also serve cider and wine. But it’s much more than just booze on offer – they also feature street food traders and DJs provide a chilled out soundtrack. The covered yard with its DIY herb garden (featuring plants growing through pallets) is a much sought after spot in the summer months, while in the winter you can pull up a pew inside the brewery.
Blackjack Brewery, 36 Gould Street, Manchester, M4 4RN, blackjack-beers.com
— kaleighpie (@kaleighpie) June 27, 2015
Located just down the road from Blackjack, Runaway often time their events to coincide with those of their neighbours’ so you can visit both. For new visitors, it may be a bit tricky to find – you go through a yard to find the entrance – but it’s a welcoming site when you reach it. Repurposed pallets make up much of the design which gives it an inviting look. You’re sure of a warm welcome with the brewers on hand ready to tell you about their beer and they also run full brewery tours on their brew tap days. The beer menu is small but perfectly formed with four keg options available and bottles available to take away. Try the American Brown Ale.
Runaway Brewery, Unit 4 Millgate, Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4 4JW, therunawaybrewery.com
Track Brewing Co
Yup summer is o'er and Toba is back. Dark mistress of the er… Well you get it. Tastes beautiful. pic.twitter.com/kBVPuTcnVy
— Track Brewing Co. (@trackbrewco) September 2, 2015
The arches behind Manchester’s railway stations have become a hotspot for breweries, and just behind Piccadilly you’ll find Track Brewery. Often teaming up with neighbouring brewery Squawk, their large space allows them to host bigger events. Expect cask and keg beers, hearty food and a relaxed and jovial atmosphere.
Track Brewing Co, 5 Sheffield Street, Manchester, M1 2ND, trackbrewing.co
A great day yesterday at the brewery! We're open again today noon til 9 to help you escape the shopping madness! pic.twitter.com/dJCWFeBLLA
— BeerNouveau (@BeerNouveau) December 20, 2015
Formerly Manchester’s smallest commercial brewery as a DIY set up at founder Steve Dunkley’s Prestwich home, Beer Nouveau moved into the railway arch formerly owned by Privateer Beers in late 2015. They’ve taken advantage of the increased space and now open up for regular brew tap events. Many of the beer names have a local connection, including Turing, Engels and Satanic Mills, and the brewery is often the only place to try some of the their rarer or more experimental beers. There’s always something different to try on each visit.
Beer Nouveau, 75 Temperance Street, Manchester, M12, beernouveau.co.uk
Starting Saturday at our tap with an introductory offer, and with special deals on Christmas Eve, and NYE fills… pic.twitter.com/rsq3yK4ssO
— Cloudwater Brew Co (@cloudwaterbrew) December 14, 2015
One of the newer breweries to open up in Manchester, Cloudwater’s launch was much hyped and they’ve developed their beers in the year since they’ve opened to become one of the major players in the city’s brewing scene. Explore their shiny and modern brewery, chat to the team and sample a selection of their beers at their regular brewery tap events. Unlike some of the others on the list, Cloudwater open their doors every Saturday for visitors with pre-pay packages including beer tokens, glasses and t-shirts available on their website.
Cloudwater Brew Co, Units 7 and 8, Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester, M12NP, Saturdays, 12.30-4pm, cloudwaterbrew.co
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