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
Pomona Island

Another force of North West brewing, Salford-born Pomona Island boast an elite understanding of hops that has led to some incredible and unpredictable creations.

Their can art has become the stuff of legend too.

Their taproom is now actually based out of Freight Island, which is nothing if not convenient.

Mayfield Depot, 11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PY
Manchester Union

The rise of extravagant IPAs has led to Lager taking a bit of a backseat in recent times.

Not at Manchester Union though. Pouring out of their Piccadilly spot, their unique brewing method has ensured when it comes to proper lager, simply put, no one does it better.

Manchester Union Brewery, 96D North Western Street, Manchester M12 6JL
Cloudwater

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

Small-batch microbrewers Runaway combine traditional brewing with contemporary style to create consistently sublime creations.

Their taproom also comes complete with a generous outdoor area that is a seriously lovely place to drink the evening away—just bring your big coat.

 

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Unit 4, Millgate, Dantzic Street, Manchester M4 4JW
Alphabet Brewing Company

If you’re looking for something a little more fruity from your pint, then the team at Alphabet are well worth a visit.

Since 2014, they’ve been specialising in ‘hop-forward and fruit-led’ pours designed to be accessible to seasoned and recent beer connoisseurrs alike.

99 North Western Street, Manchester, M12 6JL
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.

While they’ve since gone on to open stellar sites in Middlewood Locks and Ancoats, their original brewery still operates its taproom where it all began in Salford.

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

Beer Noveau offer something a little different, specialising in historic and heritage beers from as far back as ancient Egypt and Viking times.

The team are also known for their experimental recipes, often using foraged ingredients to create genuinely one-of-a-kind pints.

75 North Western Street, Manchester M12 6DY
Blackjack Brewtap

Since starting their journey a decade ago, Blackjack have cemented themselves as a proper Mancunian favourite. Their award-winning pub, The Smithfield Tavern has long been one of our favourite spots, but their recently reopened brewtap is a glorious spot for the summer months.

36 Irk St, Manchester M4 4JT
Wander Beyond

Launched in 2017, the team at Wander Beyond approach their brewing process with inspiration from their love of the outdoors and adventure, developing a ‘surreal and exciting world to reflect the flavour of their beers’.

98 N Western St, Manchester M12 6JL
Thu 16 Jun
Words:
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 16 Jun 2022