This week’s news features a whole load of craft ale – plus a Halloween party and a new diner for the city…

Northern Monk (pictured) takes over at Common
Cult craft brewery Northern Monk is upping sticks from Leeds for a very special tap takeover at NQ favourite Common this Thursday. Northern Monk blends traditional monastic brewing values with a progressive approach to ingredients and techniques to create its range of stellar beers – including True North, Monacus and New World IPA to name a few. For this takeover, the brewery plans to take over seven of Common’s lines across keg and cask, promising rarities alongside established Northern Monk classics.
Thu 29 Oct, Common, 39-41 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW. Tel: 0161 832 9345, 6pm, FREE,

Tours and tutored tastings at Cloudwater
Tickets are now on sale for an opportunity to venture into the heart of Cloudwater Brew Co. The sessions – taking places over five Saturdays from this weekend – will include samples of Cloudwater’s new autumn range, an introduction to its work, a tour of the brewery and finally a tutored tasting. There will be the opportunity to try tasters of all of the brewery’s draft beers, including some samples fresh from tank, and take a complimentary glass and bottle of beer home.
Every Sat from 31 Oct to 28 Nov, Cloudwater Brew Co, 7-8 Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester, M1 2NP. Tel: 0161 661 5943, 11am – 12.15pm, £12,

Post Box Cafe and Dulcimer join forces for Halloween special
For a full-on fiendish feast this halloween two Chorlton favourites are teaming up for a joint spooktacular. The Post Box Cafe will host a three-course dinner – with live music from The Spooks, plus entertainment from Zombie Bros Circus and Phyllis Von Hoist – which will be followed by an afterparty at Dulcimer. Tickets are available from both venues and guests are advised to go all-out and dress to impress as prizes will be awarded for the best Halloween costume.
Fri 30 Oct, The Post Box Cafe, 543 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9PP. Tel: 0161 881 4853, Dulcimer, 567 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0AE, Tel: 0161 860 6444, 7pm onwards, £30,

Ed’s Easy Diner opens in Debenhams
Debenhams on Market Street has broadened its food and drink offering with the opening of a new branch of Ed’s Easy Diner. For those shoppers who need refuelling, the Fifties Americana-style diner features an extensive menu including burgers, hot dogs, loaded sides, sodas and milkshakes, as well as genuine Dime Selector jukeboxes – with every penny spent in it being donated to Action Against Hunger.
Ed’s Easy Diner, Debenhams, Rylands Building, Market Street, Manchester, M60 1TA. Tel: 0161 819 1445, Open Mon – Sat 9am – 8pm, Sun 10.30am – 5.30pm,

Thu 29 Oct - Sat 28 Nov
Ben Hayward
Published on:
Tue 27 Oct 2015