The Marble Arch Inn, one of the mainstays of Manchester’s ale scene, is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a four-day beer festival. Running from Thursday 1 August and throughout the weekend, the festival will feature over a dozen guest breweries – including the debut UK appearance by Marble’s US namesake. Other breweries set to share their wares at the Marble Arch include Blackjack, Brodies, Buxton, De Molen, Fullers, Hawkshead, The Kernel, Magic Rock, Partizan, Pictish, Phoenix, Quantum, Red Willow and Whim, with more names still to be announced. The Thursday evening session will be an IPA day, and the normal Marble food menu will be replaced throughout the festival by beer-themed fun fair food. Entertainment comes in the form of Northern Ireland’s Willy Drennan and his Folkabilly band, plus secret pop-up shows, while artists Emma Whitehead and Steven McClean of Top Floor Art will be bringing their studio/gallery to the Marble Arch for the weekend. Marble has also partnered up with Blackjack and Juke Joint Bar to offer a leisurely two-minute stroll down Gould Street to Blackjack’s brewery site for more beer, music and entertainment. The entry price includes a commemorative glass, programme and entertainment, with a weekend ticket also including £2.50 of beer tokens for each day.

Thu 1 – Sun 4 Aug, Marble Arch Inn, 73 Rochdale Road, M4 4HY, Tel: 0161 832 5914, Thu 5.30pm – 11pm, Fri & Sat 12pm – 12am, Sun 12pm – 11am, £5 per day or £15 for weekend pass – tickets available from all Marble venues plus online at

Thu 1 Aug - Sun 4 Aug
Chris Horkan
Published on:
Wed 3 Jul 2013