Manchester Beer Week returns for its third outing for 2018 and includes more events that ever before. This year, the events are more wide-ranging than ever featuring beer paired dinners, discussions about diversity, art exhibitions, wrestling as well as beer launches, meet the brewers and tap takeovers, there are huge amount of events in the MBW 2018 programme, and here’s my pick of the 15 ones not to miss.
(Full disclosure – my boyfriend Ross is working on Manchester Beer Week this year, but this blog post is done totally independently – mostly because he loves to not tell me what he’s planning!)
Pomona Island boat party
The motley crew of Pomona Island will be taking to the high seas (well, canals and rivers) for a special party to make the most of Manchester’s waterways. The event starts at the Gas Lamp before heading off to board the vessel which will sail on down to the brewery. Expect beer and big tunes (or possibly just The Lonely Island’s I’m On A Boat on repeat).
Friday July 6, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-6/pomonaboatparty
Beer yoga at Wander Beyond
Need some persuading to do some exercise? Combine it with beer in this special yoga event at Wander Beyond. No yoga experience is required. All profits will go to the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund so you can do your body some good while helping others too.
Thursday July 5, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-5/wanderbeyondyoga
Summer Beer Thing
Last year, Summer Beer Thing rounded off Manchester Beer Week but this time it’s starting all the action off. Expect beers from some of the UK’s top breweries and good times all round.
Friday June 29-Sunday July 1, summerbeerthing.co.uk/
Community brew day
For those who want to learn a bit more about the brewing process, Burnage’s Reasons to be Cheerful is running a community brew day so visitors can see how beer is made throughout the day. The beer will then be available to drink the following Saturday.
Saturday June 30, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/june-30/2018/5/23/community-brew-day
An afternoon with Hawkshead Brewery
Cumbrian brewery Hawkshead will be popping down to The Smithfield in Manchester for an afternoon to showcase some of their wares. I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll bring along Tonka!
Saturday June 30, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/june-30/hawksheadafternoon
Diversity manifesto launch
A new manifesto will be launched as part of Manchester Beer Week which aims to make the beer industry, especially bars, pubs and festivals, a more inclusive place. The launch event will include a short talk, chaired by Melissa Cole who has been leading calls to make the industry more welcoming for all.
Monday July 2, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-2/2018/7/2/diversity-manifesto-launch
Scandi beer takeover
If you’re a fan of all things Scandinavian, Ply will have you covered during Manchester Beer Week. Held in association with The Bottle Shop in London, breweries on offer will include Mikkeller, Warpigs, Dugges, Stigbergets and Omnipollo – who will also be offering some of their beers with soft serve!
Beyond the bubble: can beer make a difference?
Are craft breweries doing enough to engage with the wider community and promote inclusion? This discussion will look at how the industry can make a positive impact on society and will include on its panel Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Jenn Merrick, the former Beavertown head brewer who is founder of new London community brewery Earth Station.
Half n Half Night
This event will combine whisky from Ian Macleod Distillers in Scotland and beers from four different Manchester breweries, what’s not to love?
Thursday 3 July, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-5/halfnhalfnight
Brew By Numbers tap takeover, Cafe Beermoth
London favourites Brew By Numbers will be taking over Cafe Beermoth for the final Friday of Manchester Beer Week. They’ll even be bringing some cask!
Friday 6 July, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-6/bbnotto
A Very Marble Tea Party
Anyone for tea or coffee (beers)? Marble Beerhouse in Chorlton will be serving a tea party with a difference – try some tea and coffee beers, cakes and cake inspired beer.
Saturday 7 July, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-7/marbleteaparty
BRUS food pairing
BRUS, the Copenhagen brewpub owned by To Øl, is heading to Common for a week long tap takeover, and as part of it they’ll be hosting a CPH-inspired food pairing. Delicious.
Thursday 3 July, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-5/brusfood
‘Dinosaurs will die’ exhibition
Artist Lily Waite will be taking over the walls of 57 Thomas Street with her exhibition showcasing her experiences as a queer trans woman in the beer industry.
Beer x food
Everyone loves beer and everyone loves food, so for Manchester Beer Week eight of Greater Manchester’s indie restaurants have joined up with eight breweries to create special brews either inspired by the restaurant’s food or to be paired with their menu. All eight beers will be pouring for the first time at Levy’s Station Hop
Saturday June 30, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/june-30/2018/6/30/beer-x-food-manchesters-scenes-unite
Not your typical beer event, but for the final day of this year’s Manchester Beer Week the team at event space Fairfield Social Club will be hosting a special wrestling event. How often do you go to a sporting event and find yourself faced with a choice of various crap beers? But for this one, it won’t be the case as the beer list is curated by the Grub Bar Team.
Sunday July 8, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-8/2018/7/8/futureshockatfsc
BONUS: WI Pub Crawl
I’ve put this one as an extra one as I have some involvement with it! Members of Manchester’s city centre’s WI branches will be heading out on a crawl for Manchester Beer Week. The first few stops are for WI members only but the event will head over to the Pilcrow where everyone’s invited. Find out a bit more about the WI, or just grab a beer and join the chat!
Saturday July 7, mcrbeerweek.co.uk/july-7/wipubcrawl