Over these past few years, Manchester has become a genuine force in the UK’s craft beer scene, boasting some of the country’s most exciting and innovative brewers.

With the likes of Pomona, Track, Beatnikz and Cloudwater all residing in the city, hop hunters are truly spoilt for choice when picking their next pour.

With that being said, it’ll come as little surprise that there are plenty of beer-inspired events to get stuck into througout the year. Below, we’ve picked out a few of our favourites.

Indie Man Beer Con

After being put on a pandemic-enforced hiatus, the beloved Indie Manchester Beer Convention made its long-awaited return in 2023 at its usual setting within the stunning Victoria Baths.

It’s long been an absolute must in the calendar of any local beer-lover, and its comeback reminded us exactly why.

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd, Manchester M13 0FE
Manchester Craft Beer Festival

After a wildly successful debut year in 2021, Manchester Craft Beer Festival takes over the iconic Depot Mayfield, showcasing 100s of incredible pours from more than 50 breweries from around the world.

Along with that, there’s an impressive street food lineup, and live music from stellar selectors that have included the likes of Craig Charles and Goldie and Norman Jay MBE in past editions.

Depot Mayfield, 11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PY
Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival

Held at St Clements Church, Chorlton Beer & Cider Festival is perfect for anyone looking for a greener setting as they sup the afternoon away.

Expect traditional cask ales, world beers, chilled kegs along with delicious ciders and perries galore. The much-loved Vicar’s Gin Bar will also be on hand for anyone after something a little different.

Funds from the festival are also used to support St Clements’ work in the Chorlton community, so you can rest easy knowing you’re doing your bit while getting merry.

St Clement's, Edge Ln, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AE
Bents & Bongs Beer Bash

If you fancy a short journey out of the city centre, then the Bents & Bongs Beer Bash at Atherton Roller Rink has become a firm favourite.

Stalls are split into six categories, ciders & perries, real ales, craft corner, Belgian & fruit beers, gin and Prosecco, so there’s plenty of variety for attendees to get stuck into.

There’s also a stellar selection of live music across all three days.

Atherton Roller Rink, Bolton Rd, Atherton, Manchester M46 9JQ
Macclesfield Craft Beer & Gin Festival

A little further out, but well worth the trip. Over the last 25 years, along with championing a wide variety of excellent pints, Macclesfield Craft Beer & Gin Festival has made a huge impact on the community, raising more than £300,000 for local charities.

Macclesfield Rugby Club, Priory Lane Macclesfield, SK10 4AF
Didsbury Beer Festival

Spread across three days and running since 2008, Didsbury Beer Festival is an incredibly welcoming affair set in St Catherine’s Community Centre. Another that is more than just a celebration of great booze, the team have managed to raise more than £200k for local charities through the festival.

St Catherine's Community Centre, Didsbury M20 6HS
GRUB's Winter Beer Festival

Street food heroes GRUB transform their unique venue into a cosy, craft beer paradise for their annual winter beer fest. Along with an impressive lineup of brewers, keep an eye out for special events taking place during each session, from live podcast recordings to ‘Beereoke’.

50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M4 4HF
Thu 31 Mar
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 5 Jan 2023