A guide to Manchester’s brew taps

Manchester is home to a growing number of breweries, and more and more are choosing to open their doors to allow punters to drink beer right from the source. If I find myself in Manchester city centre on a Saturday, I generally end up in a brewery. As a regular brew tap visitor, I thought I’d pull together a small guide to what you can expect from each Manchester brewery tap, their locations and their opening hours.

Green Quarter

Beatnikz Republic

Beatnikz Republic brew tap, Green Quarter, Manchester

A newbie to Manchester, Paul moved up from London attracted by (among other things) the more affordable rent prices the city offers compared with the capital. Formerly a gypsy/cuckoo brewing outfit, the move up north has given Beatnikz Republic a permanent base and allowed them to open a tap room as well. It’s an L-shaped venue with a small bar which has beer, some soft drinks and some snacks available. Card payments are accepted with a beer costing about £3 for a 2/3.

Beatnikz Republic brewery tap, Manchester Beatnikz Republic brewery tap, Manchester Beer list at Beatnikz Republic brewery in Manchester

Where is it? Unit 15 Red Bank Court, Green Quarter, Manchester, M4 4HF

When is it open? Update: Beatnikz no longer open their brewtap but they will be shortly opening their own bar.

Blackjack Beers

Blackjack Brew Tap, Manchester

Blackjack are the pioneers of Manchester’s brewery tap culture and their events are always unmissable with a vibrant atmosphere. Seating is available both inside the brewery and in the large yard, and there are also street food traders at each event and a DJ. As well as their own beers, Blackjack also offer guest beers on keg and cask from some of their UK’s best breweries and there’s also wine, spirits and soft drinks available.

Beer list at Blackjack Brewery, Manchester

Where is it? 36 Gould Street, Green Quarter, Manchester, M4 4RN

When is it open? Every month in the summer – check their Twitter for dates and times.

Runaway Brewery

Runaway Brewery brew tap, Manchester

This is a fairly old picture – they’ve recently added a new mezzanine

The first home of Grub Food Fair, Runaway will now be opening up their doors every week to showcase their range direct from the brewery. They mainly focus on a range of core beers although they also do seasonal specials which are always worth sampling. Runaway have also kept up their links with Grub – they’ve created a house beer for their new site at Mayfield Depot.

Where is it? Unit 4 Millgate, Dantzic Street, Green Quarter, Manchester, M4 4JW

When is it open? Each Saturday 12-8pm


Alphabet Brewing Co

Alphabet Brewing Co brew tap, Manchester

The last home of the Grub Food Fair ahead of their move over to Mayfield Depot, Alphabet Brewery have continued to open up on a Saturday even after the street food events organisers have decided to move on. It’s owned by the team who run Kosmonaut and Ply in the Northern Quarter and they serve their core range as well as a couple of specials at the brew tap. Soft drinks and wine are also available and card payments are also accepted.

Where is it? 99 North Western Street, M12 6JL

When is it open? Each Saturday 12-10pm.

Beer Nouveau

Beer at Beer Nouveau, Manchester

Located on North Western Street, Beer Nouveau offers cask and keg beer as well as bottles and, occasionally, beers from the the wood. The space is cosy with a fireplace and sofas set up, and a range of special events take place including pop-up bars from other breweries and food events with the Real Junk Food Project.  For non-beer drinkers, cider and mead from The Lancashire Mead Company are available, and card payments are accepted.

Beer Nouveau brew tap, Manchester

Where is it? 75 North Western Street, M12 6DY.

When is it open? Every Friday 4-10:30pm and every Saturday 12-10:30pm.


Beer smoothies at Chorlton Brewery, Manchester

Sour beer brewery Chorlton is a fairly compact brewery chock-full of interesting barrels and concoctions to check out. Owner Mike enjoys experimenting with creations including beer smoothies and is happy to talk you through his brews and is particularly knowledgeable about the science of brewing. Chorlton have also recently started hosting regular vegan food events too – to go with their vegan beer.

Where is it? 69 North Western Street, M12 6DX.

When is it open? For special events – anything is publicised on their Twitter.


UPDATE: Cloudwater’s brew tap has moved to Unit 9, which is next door to their brewery. Read my full review of Unit 9 here.

One of Manchester's craft beer breweries, Cloudwater

Now known across the globe, Cloudwater are one of Manchester’s most popular breweries and one of the best places to try their brews is at their brew tap. Cloudwater had previously opened the doors at the actual brewery but in have relocated the brew tap to their nearby barrel store. However, a new tap room will be opening in the future in a unit next door to the Cloudwater brewery on Piccadilly Trading Estate. The barrel store is noy a huge space and at busy times a one-in, one-out policy is in operation, so it’s best to get there earlier rather than later – particularly if there’s a new release. A wide range of their draught beers are on sale, as well as cans and bottles, water is plentiful and some snacks are on offer too, including bread from local bakery Pollen.

Inside the Cloudwater brewery tap within the Cloudwater Barrel Store, Manchester Beer list at the Cloudwater brew tap in Manchester

Where is it? 13 Sheffield Street, M1 2ND.

When is it open? Every Wednesday 4-9pm, every Thursday 4-9pm, every Friday 2-10pm, every Saturday 12-10pm and every Sunday 12-6pm.

Manchester Brewing Co

Manchester Brewing Co brew tap, Manchester

Manchester Brewing Co is one of the city’s nearer breweries and is another Manchester brewery owned by a Paul! The space is well-designed with plenty of seating and there is also ping pong and table football are available. Beer wise, they were doing cans but now are focusing more on draught beer and have a wide range of their brews available to try. Although they were opening weekly, they now focus more on hosting private events and opening for special occasions.

Manchester Brewing Co brew tap, Manchester

Where is it? 66 North Western Street, M12 6DX.

When is it open? Usually only for special occasions and events, any events will be publicised on their Twitter.

Squawk Brewing Co

I have to admit, I’ve never actually been to Squawk’s brew tap. They open very very rarely, and for a while did focus on hosting joint brew taps with Track.  The last opening was for the Manchester Brewery Expo as part of Manchester Beer Week 2017.

Where is it? Tonge Street, M12 6LY.

When is it open? Very rarely – they last opened for Manchester Beer Week 2018.

Track Brewing Co

Track Brew Tap, Manchester

A popular brew tap located close to Piccadilly Station, Track’s brew tap is a lively spot which always has live DJs and often street food traders. There’s cask and keg beer available and there are also some non-beer options. There’s also sometimes a table tennis table set up – sometimes for TT or sometimes for beer pong. Track have previously hosted joint brew taps with Squawk but more recently have struck out on their own.

Track Brew Tap, Manchester

Where is it? 5 Sheffield Street, M1 2ND.

When is it open? Every Friday 6-11:30pm and every Saturday 11:30am-9pm.

Prefer a pub? See my guide to the best craft beer bars and pubs in Manchester.


2 thoughts on “A guide to Manchester’s brew taps

  1. A good guy for beginners. Like you I have not yet been to Squawk. I have not been to Brewsmith either.
    Are there a couple of cuckoo breweries?

  2. Pingback: The craft beer bars and pubs of Manchester | The Ale in Kaleigh

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