A farm building next to a bypass near St Helens may not be the first place you’d expect to find beers from some of the UK’s most exciting breweries, but CatHop Beers is a hidden gem.
Cloudwater’s long-awaited new taproom, Unit 9 has finally opened its doors. While Cloudwater’s Barrel Store looked like it was born out of necessity, Unit 9 has been lovingly crafted and is a welcome addition to Manchester’s thriving beer scene.
Full disclosure: on my first visit, it was a pre-opening event with free beer but I have since returned and bought my own bevs.
A five city beer battle is the first event announced for this year’s Manchester Beer Week.
Amsterdam; the city of canals and coffee shops, but is it also a city for craft beer? Well, yes. Before visiting, I was aware of a few of the Netherlands’ most well-known breweries such as Het Uiltje, Jopen and Brouwerij ‘t IJ but I didn’t know just how many brilliant bars we’d find.
We arrived on King’s Day which is the Netherlands’ major bank holiday, so the streets were rammed with people drinking, dancing and generally enjoying themselves. As a result, our first evening was a bit different than the usual experience particularly as many of the bars closed early but it wasn’t this way all through our stay as the next day everything had returned to normal – as if the street drinking and party boats never happened at all.
Here’s a little run-down of all the places we visited during our three-night stay.
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.
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.
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.
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.