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.
Four breweries in Greater Manchester are to recreate a collection of beers, some dating back more than 100 years, for Manchester Beer Week.
Three recipes have been taken from the archives of JW Lees and adapted for modern techniques and tastes, while a fourth beer will be revived from a now closed down brewery in Stalybridge.
Blackjack are to recreate Lees’ 1951 C Ale, a Manchester-specific style of dark, strong ale; Squawk Brewing are making their own version of Lees’ 1952 Stout while Beer Nouveau are heading even further back in time to make Lees’ XXX strong ale, which dates back to 1903.
Meanwhile, Stalybridge’s Ticketybrew will be bringing back an Invalid Stout from Heginbotham’s, a brewery which was formerly owned and operated by Robinsons.
Connor Murphy, the organiser of Manchester Beer Week, said: “Although there has been a lot of talk about the beer boom in Manchester, it is also important to remember the city’s brewing heritage.
“It represents an intriguing challenge for the brewers involved as they will need to adapt these historical styles to suit modern techniques, ingredients and equipment while staying as true to the original beers as possible.”
The beers will be launched at The Smithfield on Monday June 13 at an event which will include a talk from beer historian Ron Pattinson.
See more events from Manchester Beer Week on the Manchester beer events calendar.
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Five Manchester breweries will be making the most of the bank holiday weekend by hosting brew tap events across the city.
Beer Nouveau will be hosting a special ‘Beer from the Wood’ weekend at 75 Temperance Street. They’ll be showcasing six of their beers conditioned in and served from traditional wooden casks. Local cider, wine, soft drinks and snacks will also be on offer. They’ll be open 12-9pm on Friday March 25, Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27.
Blackjack Brewery will host their first brew tap of 2016 over the weekend, opening their doors at 35 Gould Street on Friday March 25 6-10pm, Saturday March 26 12-11pm and Sunday March 27 12-6pm. They’ll have 12 keg lines and four cask beers available as well as cider, wine and spirits. Grub will be providing the food line-up.
Chorlton Brewing Co will also be opening their doors for the first time in 2016 on Saturday March 26. They’ll be serving three of their sour beers direct from the tank at 69 North Western Street. They’ll be open 1-7pm.
Finally, Track and Squawk have again teamed up for another event at Track Brewery on 5 Sheffield Street. A new beer will be launched, and there will also be food from Mac Daddies at their event which takes place from 1pm (til late) on Saturday March 26.
A beer eggstravaganza (…sorry)!
See more beer-filled goings on and festivals on the Manchester beer events calendar.
Craft beer bar and Indian street food venue Bundobust will have Manchester’s only dedicated tap for Danish brewery Mikkeller when it opens its doors in the city.
Bundobust, which currently has a site in Leeds, has applied for a licensing application to open up a Manchester bar at 59 Piccadilly. The application will go before Manchester City Council’s licensing team on April 5.
Although Bundobust has been quiet on the plans for the new site since it announced it would open in Manchester last year, it has now been revealed that the bar will have its own dedicated Mikkeller tap. Bundobust Leeds also has a tap just for Mikkeller, which has previously been ranked as the world’s third best brewery.
Bundobust Manchester was originally expected to open in spring 2016 but it now says ‘late 2016’ on the venue’s Twitter.
Runaway Brewery is to become the home of a monthly food fair, hosted by street food events organisers Grub.
The inaugural event is to take place at Runaway Brewery near Victoria Station on Saturday March 19 from 12-10pm and will feature a variety of street food traders – and plenty of craft beer from Runaway.
Runaway beers on offer will include their IPA and Pale Ale alongside a number of specials and there will also be a second bar serving wine, cider, spirits and soft drinks.
Food traders at the first event will include Boerewors Bloke (traditional Dutch sausage grilled South Africa style), No Tacos (brand new trader serving up fusion tacos mixing up world cuisine with the classic Mexican street snack), Chaat Cart (real Indian street food specialising in dosa) and Blawd Co (bakehouse dishing out modern doughnuts, bakes and cakes currently supplying Common Bar, Rapha and North Tea Power).
Grub’s Jason Bailey said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to finally have a space where we can grow an event month after month, not only that but we’re stoked to be working with one of Manchester’s best brewers.”
Runaway Brewery, Unit 4 Millgate, Dantzic Street. From Saturday March 19, 12-10pm. See more info and future events on their FB page.
The Smithfield Tavern, the Northern Quarter pub operated by Blackjack Brewery, is to host an evening featuring special collaborations with breweries from Catalonia.
The event on Tuesday February 16 will feature Blackjack collaboration brews with Barcelona-based Garage Beer and Quer Beer from Berge near Barcelona, as well as the launch of a special collab between Runaway and Bidassoa Basque, a brewery located in the town of Irun in the Basque region of Spain.
The festivities kick off at 7pm.
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Good news Manchester craft beer fans – Port Street Beer House are bringing in membership cards which will offer discounts on beer at their NQ bar.
The cards will be available to pick up as part of their fifth birthday celebrations from this Thursday and provide members with 10% off beer to drink in the bar and 20% off for takeaway beers. To get your hands on one, you’ll have to register on their website – although registration is not open yet so keep an eye on their social media for more info.
Sister venue Common also has a discount card if you’re after more beer savings.
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