This Manchester Brewery Has Been Named The Best In The UK

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This Manchester Brewery Has Been Named The Best In The UK

Manchester is home to the best independent beer… but we knew that already!

Our love for our locals has only grown throughout the pandemic, and it seems that everyone else’s love for Manchester’s locals has, too, with Cloudwater Brew Co being rated the best independent brewery in the UK.

Topping the rankings in research undertaken by South Western Railway, Cloudwater Brew Co received top marks from beer fans – scoring a five out of five for a beer they have produced and raking in top Google reviews from fans, too. Loved for their wide range of beers, the brewery is one of only three to receive such rave reviews from the beer community, also gaining points for their fantastic home delivery service which has operated throughout the pandemic.

Credit: Cloudwater Brew Co

Here’s the list in full:

  1. Cloudwater Brew Co, Manchester
  2. Stewart Brewing, Loanhead
  3. Kernel Brewery, London
  4. Siren Craft Brew, Wokingham
  5. Abbeydale Brewery, Sheffield
  6. Arbor Ales, Bristol
  7. Bristol Beer Factory, Bristol
  8. Tempest Brewing Co, Galashiels
  9. New Wharf Brewing Co, Maidenhead
  10. Powderkeg Brewery, Salterton
  11. XT Brewing Co, Long Crendon
  12. Northern Monk, Leeds
  13. Wiper and True, Bristol
  14. Anspach & Hobday, London
  15. Rudgate Brewery, York

Paul Bright, Head of Marketing at South Western Railways said: “As more of us look to shop local and support local businesses, particularly since many are feeling the effects of the national lockdowns, the research is a great step in highlighting the best independent breweries we can taste and explore right here in the UK; even from the comfort of our own homes through online delivery.


“One of South Western Railway’s key focuses is to support local businesses and with five of the top 15 independent breweries of the UK, being found in the South West region, we’re proud to be showcasing them in our research.”

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