Collaborations announced for Manchester Beer Week

Five collaborations have been announced for this year’s Manchester Beer Week featuring some of the UK’s leading breweries.

The partnerships for the collabs will be Runaway and Bristol-based Left Handed Brewing Co, Track and Brew By Numbers, Blackjack and Hawkshead, and Marble and Northern Monk.

The final collab is a three-way brew between Cloudwater, Bristol’s Lost and Grounded and Verdant in Falmouth.

A Manchester brewery expo has also been announced for Saturday June 24 with all of the city centre breweries, including the likes of Cloudwater, Track, Blackjack and Runaway all opening their doors for tours and tasting events. Dan’s Brewery will also be open and will be hosting Marble, Hawkshead and Magic Rock.

Manchester Beer Week takes place June 23 – July 2 – mcrbeerweek.co.uk.

A weekend in Newcastle

Although I’m fairly well travelled across the North West, the North East is mostly unfamiliar territory to me so for a Christmas present, Ross arranged a weekend for us to explore Newcastle and Northumberland – especially because I kept banging on about wanting to visit Lindisfarne. With Newcastle home to some great breweries, most notably Wylam, there’s plenty of places to check out so here’s a look at the places we visited.

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Easter 2017 Manchester beer events

A long weekend brings about even more beer events than normal and here’s a look at what’s going on over the Easter bank holiday weekend in Manchester.

(Looking for what’s going on during the rest of the year?  See my Manchester beer events calendar)

Beatnikz Republic soft launch

Recently relocated to Manchester from the capital, Beatnikz Republic will be having a soft launch over the Easter weekend at their site in the Green Quarter. They’ll be showcasing some of their beers that have been gypsy brewed elsewhere, ahead of a larger launch party once they’ve brewed at the new site. They’ll be open from the Thursday right through to Easter Monday. (Find out more about them on this Beernomicon podcast)

Thursday 13 April 4-10pm, Friday 14 April 4-10pm, Saturday 15 April 12-8pm, Sunday 16 April 12-8pm, Monday 17 April 12-8pm, Unit 15, Red Bank – Twitter.

Beermoth/Cafe Beermoth – Yeaster Weekend

Beermoth on Tib Street and Cafe Beermoth on Spring Gardens will be celebrating yeast across the Easter weekend with events in the Beermoth cellar and at the cafe. Entry will be free.

Saturday 15 April 4-8pm, Sunday 16 April 4-8pm – Twitter.

Chorlton Brewing Co brew tap

Chorlton will be opening their doors on Easter Saturday and on offer will be beer smoothies alongside their Sour Blend 3 and (sour) Lager and Lime.

Saturday 15 April, 12-10pm, 69 North Western Street – Twitter.

Cloudwater x Magic Rock x Other Half tap takeover at The Pilcrow

Cloudwater, Magic Rock and Other Half (all the way from New York) will be teaming up to provide 12 taps of their beers on Easter Sunday at the Pilcrow. As well as the takeover, a special meet the brewers’ event will be held from 6.30pm at Redfern House (across the road) – this is a ticketed event and they’re on sale now.

Sunday 16 April, 12pm, Sadler’s Yard – Facebook event.

Easter Pint of Portent weekend at The Marble Arch

The Marble Arch will be cracking open bottles of their Russian Imperial Stout, Portent of Usher, that they’ve been saving over the bank holiday. It’ll be there from midday on Friday, but they don’t expect it to last long!

Friday 14 April 12pm until it runs out, The Marble Arch, Rochdale Road – Facebook event.

Grub ExtraVEGANza at Alphabet Brewery

Grub’s weekly street food events at Alphabet have become more and more popular over recent months and following their first vegan-only event earlier this year, they’re hosting another over the bank holiday weekend. Vegan food will be available from traders including Wallace & Sons, Fat Annie’s, Pollen Bakery and Ginger’s Comfort Emporium and all of the beers available behind the bar will be 100% vegan.

Saturday 15 April, 12-10pm, 99 North Western Street – Facebook event.

Manchester tap takeover at The Beagle

Chorlton’s The Beagle will be celebrating the best of Manchester on Easter Saturday with a tap takeover showcasing brewers from the city on both cask and keg. Expect Blackjack, Cloudwater, Runaway, Squawk, Track and more. It’s all part of Chorlton’s Neighbourhood Jam event which also includes Marble Beerhouse, Font, Pi and more.

Saturday 15 April, 12pm, 456-458 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton. Neighbourhood Jam Facebook event.

Torrside Easter Brewery Tap

Technically not in Manchester but only a short train ride away, New Mills’ Torrside will be opening their doors on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Ten beers will be available on draught, including I’m Spartacus on both cask and keg, and they’ll also be previewing their collaboration with Rivington Brewing Co.

Friday 14 April and Saturday 15 April, 12-8pm, New Mills Marina, Hibbert Street, New Mills – more info.

Unit 101 opening

Unit 101 is a new beer bar and events space from the team at Beer Merchants and will be opening its doors for the first time on Easter Saturday. They’re planning on opening every Saturday for both on and off-sales (including growler fills) and will have 11 beers on draught.

Saturday 15 April, 12-7pm, 101 North Western Street – Twitter.

Weekly events taking place

Just because it’s a bank holiday it doesn’t mean the regularly occuring events won’t be taking place.

Beer Nouveau Brewery Tap

Beer Nouveau will have extended opening hours over the bank holiday, including opening their doors on Easter Sunday.

Friday 14 April 12-10.30pm, Saturday 15 April 12-10.30pm, Sunday 16 April, 12-8pm, 75 North Western Street – Twitter.

Cloudwater

Not only will Cloudwater be taking part in a tap takeover at the Pilcrow, but their Barrel Store tap room will also be open on the Friday and Saturday. They are also opening their brewery for a tour on the Saturday morning, with tickets now available for £13.15.

Friday 14 April, 4-9pm, Saturday 15 April, 12-8pm, 13 Sheffield Street – Twitter

Manchester Brewing Co

Update 12/4 – Manchester Brewing Co have now announced that they won’t be opening over the Easter weekend

Manchester Brewing Co have started opening their doors weekly as from the beginning of this month and will be again opening their doors on Easter Saturday. 

Twitter.

Exploring Budapest’s beer scene

Budapest: the jewel of the Danube and a city well known for its beautiful architecture and relaxing thermal baths…but does it have good beer? It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time, not for a beer jaunt but just to experience the city, but once everything was booked and arranged, I was pleasantly surprised just how many decent craft beer bars there appeared to be in the city. Over the course of four days we managed to visit quite a few of them. Here’s a little look at them.

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We need to talk about sexism in beer

This post is one of those rare occasions when I feel the need to write about an issue on my blog. Generally, I focus on sharing places I’ve been and liked as I’ve always felt that if there’s something I’m not a fan of, I’d rather give them no publicity whatsoever rather than negativity. But, that’s digressing. I predominately choose not to write thought pieces about issues relating to the beer world as, more often than not, there are other, more informed commentators who do a much better job of it than I could.

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Visiting some of Manchester’s new openings

Manchester is full of pubs and bars but this doesn’t stop new ones from constantly opening their doors in the city. As a creature of habit, I generally find myself sticking to the same places as I know what I like.

But with  a free day and an open mind, we decided to spend an afternoon visiting some of the new openings in Manchester to see if any of them are worth a return visit.

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