If there is one thing the folks of Manchester know, it’s what makes a really, really good pint.

In recent years, the city has emerged as one of the most innovative, exciting and renowned brewing hubs not only in the UK, but right across Europe.

With that, comes an eclectic mix of taprooms where you can pull up a chair and grab a pint so fresh, the only way it could be topped is if you stuck your head under the tap itself.

Below, we’ve pulled together a comprehensive guide to all the breweries in or around the city centre, where you can pull up a chair and drink directly from the source.

Track Brewery

First started back in 2008, Track is now one of the city’s most revered names in beer.

During a trip to the US, founder Sam frequented the small taprooms scattered across the East and West Coast—this is where inspiration for Track struck.

Born from an idea that beer was more than a way to end the day, instead a way to reflect, connect and share.

Unit 18, Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester M1 2NP

Paying close attention to the way our lifestyles change throughout the season, Cloudwater have modeled their process on creating booze for special moments with friends and loved ones.

Dip into their unit behind Piccadilly to see exactly why that approach has worked so well, for so long.

Unit 9 Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester, M1 2NP
Runaway Brewery

After cementing their legacy in the city centre for the past few years, Runaway have now completed their move to their new home in the flourishing food and drink hotspot of Stockport. The new space is just as lovely, and you’ll still find all those same sublime pours that have made them a consistent favourite for what feels like forever.

Crossley House, 9-11 Astley Street, Stockport, SK41AW
Seven Bro7hers

A huge local success story,  Guy, Keith, Luke, Dan, Nat, Kit and Greg and we are seven brothers from Salford who have gone from strength to strength in their brewing journey.

The team now operate an array of locations across the city, including Ancoats, Middlewood Locks, Media City, the recently opened 11 Central and their dedicated brewery taproom at Salford Enterprise Centre.

Waybridge Enterprise Centre, 63, Daniel Adamson Rd, Manchester M50 1DS

One of Manchester’s newer faces on the brewing scene, Sureshot, have now opened up their brand-new city centre taproom.

Sureshot was founded in 2020, but emerged properly at the beginning of this year, and their gorgeous pours have been popping up at various bars and bottleshops around Manchester to overwhelming approval.

The brewery is the brainchild of James Campbell, who over the last decade has spent time at an array of Manchester’s most respected indie breweries as head brewer.

Now fans will be able to drink straight from the source, with Sureshot’s own taproom now open on Sheffield Street, just down the road from Depot Mayfield.

4 Sheffield St, M1 2ND
North Brewing Co

25 years on, Leeds’ North Brewing Co have finally found their Manchester home, on the flourishing Circle Square development just off Oxford Road.

The taproom boasts 24 draught lines, including 18 keg beers and one cask, pouring North Brewing’s ever-evolving range of core beers, specials and collabs. They’ve worked with all our local favourites in the past, Cloudwater, Track and Pomona, so fingers crossed for more of that.

North Taproom, Vita East, Circle Square, Nobel Way, Manchester M1 7FA
Green Arches

The team behind Green Arches had previously brewed for Beatnikz just a few doors down, so we’re pretty confident beer fans are in more than capable hands.

Despite their relatively short time in the city, Green Arches has proved an immediate hit and they’ve worked wonders with the space.

Green Arches, Unit 11, Red Bank, Manchester M4 4FE

Alright so this one isn’t strictly a brewery taproom as such, but the NQ indie microbrewery does capture the essence of a classic taproom, so we it’s well worth its spot.

With 14 keg & 4 cask lines in total, visitors to Pelican can expect a constantly shifting variety of rotating guest beers gracing the taps. There’s also a carefully curated selection of wine and spirits on offer, along with Bloody Marys for the tender mornings after.

Pelican Bar, 35 Dale St, Manchester M1 2HF
Bundobust Brewery

Combining Bundobost’s widely acclaimed Indian street food offering with the team’s own in-house brewery was never going to be anything other than a hit, and that has very much been the case since the doors to their huge Oxford Road spot opened. The ever-rotating list of innovative creations, including regular collaborations with those who make up the rest of this list, make it one of the best drinking spots in all of the city, and that’s before you factor in being able to grab a Vada Pav alongside.

St James's Bldg, Bundobust Brewery, 61-69 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6EQ
Stubborn Mule

Stubborn Mule have come a long way since their brewing was done in a back garden in Timperley. Very much a labour of love, Head Brewer Ed Bright packed in his banking job to build Stubborn Mule into what it is today, and their Altrincham taproom is a proper hidden gem over in the suburbs.

Unit 1, Skelton Road, Timperley, Altrincham WA14 1SJ

Balance’s niche is complex mixed-culture, barrel-fermented beer which utilises the best of British ingredients. The brewery’s Sheffield Street taproom is a beaut of a space and a welcome addition to any city centre taproom crawl.

10 Sheffield St, Manchester M1 2ND
North Westward Ho

Fine, it’s another that isn’t technically a taproom, but when you’ve got one of the most celebrated breweries in the country operating their flagship pub on your doorstep, it makes the list. North Westward Ho, the brainchild of the incredible Pomona Island team, has 18 world-class beers on tap,  5 cask lines and 4 lines of natural wine and cider, along with a substantial collection of German lagers, Belgian beers, English cider, mixed fermentation ales, Italian spritzes, bitter cocktails, vermouth and amaro.

19 Chapel Walks, Manchester M2 1HN
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Wed 24 Apr 2024