Manchester Beer Week represents a landmark moment for the city’s booming beer scene. As Manchester’s first ever city-wide beer festival, it aims to bring together thousands of drinkers through a series of events celebrating brewing and pub culture.
The ultimate goal is to create a showcase which has an impact equivalent to that of Manchester International Festival. Where MIF has revitalised Manchester’s reputation as a prominent centre for the arts, Manchester Beer Week intends to establish its status as the United Kingdom’s premier destination for good beer.
Unlike most beer festivals, which take place in one specific venue, Manchester Beer Week will include a series of different events at venues across the city, including pubs, bars, breweries and restaurants.
The aim is simply to raise awareness around good beer and promote Greater Manchester as one of the United Kingdom’s premier destinations for beer enthusiasts. The festival will cover a huge variety of events, celebrating pub culture, the brewing industry and beer’s relationship with food.
These will include many of the following:
•Heritage brews, recreating recipes from Manchester’s past
•A beer created especially for the festival
•A crowdsourced beer, asking the public to vote on style, ingredients and branding
•Collaborations between brewers from Greater Manchester and outside the region
•Film screenings at breweries
•A week-long pub quiz
•A pub treasure hunt
•Meet the brewer evenings
•History walks through Manchester’s beer past
•Brewery supper clubs
•A homebrewing showcase
•Beer-matched meals at restaurants and pubs
•Meals made using beer as an ingredient
•Pub snacks made especially for the festival