I’ve been thinking about it for so long that it’s hard to believe Manchester Beer Week is now mere days away! It was the launch of the official beer last week – a collaboration between Cloudwater and JW Lees named MCR Fold – and the full guide to what’s taking place during the festivities was also on hand during the event. There’s a wide programme of events with something for all, and here’s my take on the ten beer events not to miss.
Official Manchester Beer Week launch party
Manchester’s best pub The Marble Arch will be kicking off the MBW action with an event showcasing beer from some of the city’s finest breweries. The official MBW beer, MCR Fold, will also be available.
Fri June 10, 5-10pm, The Marble Arch.
Manchester Beer Week have teamed up with street food event organisers Grub for a market in the heart of the city. The event at Exchange Square will allow you to buy bottles from local breweries, meet the brewers and have a few drinks from the on-site tasting bar.
Sat June 11, 12-6pm, Exchange Square.
Beers Manchester on Manchester beers
Five local beers will be showcased by beer blogger and Independent Salford Beer Festival organiser Jim aka Beers Manchester during this tasting event at The Brink.
Sun June 12, 4pm, The Brink.
A taste of Manchester’s brewing past
Beer Nouveau, Blackjack, Squawk and Ticketybrew have selected historic brews to reproduce for Manchester Beer Week and will be launching them at The Smithfield. Beer historian Rob Pattinson will also be speaking.
Mon June 13, 6pm-late, The Smithfield.
Hawkshead takeover at The Marble Arch
Eight of The Marble Arch’s cask pumps will be taken over by Lake District brewery Hawkshead for this event. Brewery staff will also be about to chat about the beers.
Tues June 14, 12pm onwards (brewery staff around from 7pm), The Marble Arch.
Indy Man Beer Con ticket launch
Get tickets for IMBC 2016 in person instead of online – a limited number of tickets will be on sale at PSBH and The Beagle between 6-9pm before they go on general sale as part of this mini-festival.
Wed June 15, 6pm – late, Port Street Beer House and The Beagle.
Cloudwater Barrel Store tasting
An exclusive look inside Cloudwater’s barrel store, the event will offer an opportunity to try some of the beers currently hidden away inside.
Thurs June 16, 5.30pm, Cloudwater Barrel Store.
Manchester Beer Week collab fest
Four Manchester breweries have teamed up with other local contemporaries to produce four exclusive beers for Manchester Beer Week. Try brews from Blackjack and Thornbridge; Cloudwater and Magic Rock; Quantum and Buxton; and Runaway and Hawkshead.
Thurs June 16, 7pm, Port Street Beer House.
Buxton Brewery tap takeover at The Magnet
The team from Buxton will be bringing at least five kegs and five casks over to Stockport for this tap takeover. They’ll be announcing the beer list in the days before the event – I have my fingers crossed for Yellow Belly!!
Fri June 17, 6pm-late, The Magnet, Stockport.
MBW’s big, buzzin’ party
The final Saturday of Manchester Beer Week is set to go off with a bang as Old Granada Studios will host an afternoon of beer, street food, music and games
Sat June 18, 11am-7pm, Old Granada Studios.