A city-wide festival has kicked off in Manchester with more than 100 events celebrating beer glorious beer!
Manchester Beer Week Festival runs from June 29 until July 8 and organisers promise a packed 10-day calendar of events from beer-focused meals to debates, walking tours and art exhibitions.
The star of the show will be The Pilcrow’s Summer Beer Thing, an outdoor beer festival taking place at Sadler’s Yard public square this weekend. Organised by the team behind Independent Manchester Beer Convention, the festival promises a selection of more than 200 beers available across the three days, as well as gin, prosecco and street food to soak it all up.
But it’s not all about the ale – Manchester Beer Week will also act as the launch pad for a new industry-wide diversity manifesto which will be unveiled on July 2 at 7pm, and promises to make bars, pubs, tap rooms and festivals a more welcoming and inclusive space.
And on the on July 7, a massive street party will be held on Temperance Street in the heart of Manchester’s brewing district. The party will be hosted by bars featuring 15 different breweries, music and street food as well as child-friendly games and a small-batch soda bar.
Food will also feature heavily this year with highly-rated Stockport restaurant Where the Light Gets In is collaborating with Cloudwater Brew Co to create a carefully-curated food and beer menu on Friday July 6.
Didsbury restaurant Hispi will also be offering a beer-paired, four-course menu for the duration of the festival. Meanwhile, eight one-off beers created in collaboration between independent restaurants and breweries will be launched at Levenshulme’s Station Hop on June 30.
Manchester Beer Week organiser, Connor Murphy, said:
“The festival continues to grow each year and we’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity shown by participating venues and breweries. There are a huge variety of events taking place, designed to suit all tastes, and exploring beer’s relationship with art, food, history and social issues.”
For full details of all events, visit the festival organiser’s website.