Brewery Bars 2017

Alongside over 300 beers from 100 breweries on MBCF’s bars, at the centre of the festival we have invited some of our (and your) favourite breweries to bring their own bars to the festival. Alongside established favourites, we welcome 5 new bars to #MBCF17

As well as a great range of beers, the brewery bars will give you the opportunity to meet some of the brewery staff & talk to the brewers about their beers.

All beers named are provisional.

Blackjack Beers

Blackjack Beers

In four short years, Blackjack Beers have grown from fledglings to become one of Manchester’s best known brewery exports, while in little over a year, their brewery tap The Smithfield Market Tavern is one of Manchester’s best known and favourite pubs, being named Central Manchester CAMRA’s first ever Pub Of The Year before taking the title of Best Pub in the Manchester Food & Drink Festival awards.

Their brewtap events at the brewery over the summer months continue to be packed out with an ever changing rotation of beers throught each weekend. Their bar at #MBCF17 replicates this rotation – check the blackboards for what is available.

All beers are un-pasturised and un-fined and suitable for vegetarians.

Aces High IPA 5.5
Belmelon Sp 5.8
Black Maria SB 5.8
Centennial Light B 3.6
Dragon’s Tears Sa 5.2
King of Clubs S 7.4
One Eyed Jack P 6
Shuffled Deck B 3.9
Solitaire BB 4.3
Texas Hold ’em SB 4.9
The Pokies B 3.6

Bollington Brewing Co

Bollington Brewing Company

Bollington Brewing company was established in 2008 in the small village of Bollington near Macclesfield and quickly went on to win numerous awards for the quality of their beers.

The brewery has three pubs in Bollington, Macclesfield & Poynton.

After bringing their custom built mobile bar to the first MBCF in 2013, Bollington have proven themselves to be a firm favourite of discerning drinkers.

Bolligton Best BB 4.2
Chinook & Grapefruit Sp 3.6
Ginger Brew Sp 3.6
Long Hop B 3.9
Oat Mill Stout S 5
Resonance BB 4.3
White Nancy B 3.6

Brass Castle

Brass Castle

When it began life in a garage on Brass Castle Hill in Pocklington, North Yorkshire in 2011, the brewery produced four casks at a time. Within two months Brass Castle had won Champion Beer at the York CAMRA Beer Festival.  Within six months, brewing moved to Lord Halifax’s historic Garrowby Estate brewhouse and two years later to a new brewhouse based in Malton town centre.

All the beer produced by Brass Castle is vegan and vegetarian friendly with no animal-derived ingredients used in any brewery process.

Brass Castle will be presenting both cask conditioned and key-keg conditioned beers at #MBCF17

Bad Kitty P 5.5%
Black Russian 7%
Eclipse SB 5.7%
Helle’s Lager L 4.4%
Hoptical Illusion Sp
Lemming 7.6%
Sacred Lake 4.3%
Salty Dog So 3.6%
Sunshine IPA 5.7%



Founded in 2014 by the Smith family – James, Jennifer and Ted; Brewsmith are a 10 barrel microbrewery, based in the picturesque village of Ramsbottom, Bury.

In their short life, Brewsmith have built an enviable reputation for excellent beers, including their Bitter winning an award in their first SIBA North West competition then winning three more awards at the 2015 SIBA competition – Brewsmith Bitter winning GOLD in the standard Bitter and Pale Ales category and going on to receive the accolade of SILVER overall beer of the competition. Brewsmith IPA won BRONZE in the Premium Strong Beers category too.

At #MBCF17, Brewsmith will be launching the latest beer in the range – Galaxy.

Bitter B 3.9%
Pale BB 4.2%
Stout S 4.2%
Galaxy GA 3.9%

Brightside Brewing Company

Brightside Brewery

The Friedrich family’s Brightside Brewery have come a long way from humble beginnings in the back of the family bakery in Bury back in 2010. In just 6 years they have grown to have an 18 barrel plant in Radcliffe and far too many awards to list here .

Their beers are regularly seen in pubs and bars across the region – from traditional pubs to craft beer bars, you’ll find their increasingly diverse range has something for everyone.

Citra Blonde GA 4.2%
Equinox SB 5%
Maverick IPA IPA 4.8%
Underworld P 4.4%
US Cask Lager L 4.3%

Hawkshead Brewery

Hawkshead Brewery

Hawkshead Brewery was founded, by Alex Brodie in 2002 in a 17th century barn at the head of Esthwaite Water, just outside Hawkshead. Within 4 years their exciting range of beers had seen demand exceed capacity and they moved to larger premises at Staveley.

Hawkshead is one of the most successful of the new wave of independent breweries which have ignited public excitement about beer and furthered the renaissance of British brewing. Their beer is full of flavour, handmade, crafted, bold, personal and made by people who love beer for people who love beer – none more so than customers at MBCF.

Alex Brodie will be one of the panelists at the Great Manchester Beer Debate on Saturday 21st January.

Bitter B 3.7%
Brodie’s Export BW 8.5%
Brodie’s Prime P 4.9%
Cumbrian 5 Hop GA 5%
Dry Stone Stout S 4.5%
Lakeland Gold GA 4.4%
Session IPA IPA 4.7%
Windermere Pale B 3.5%

Marble Beers

Marble Beers

Marble beers have been instrumental in putting Manchester on the nation beer map for approaching 20 years.

From their 1997 beginnings in the back of the Marble Arch pub on Rochdale Road to their current home on a 12 barrel plant just down the road, they have won countless awards in the 18 year history.

The appointment of James “JK” Kemp (formerly of Fullers, Thornbridge and Buxton) as head brewer in late 2015, Marble has undergone a rejuvination with a revamped range of regulars and a succession of stunning new releases.

All of their beers are natural, un-pasturised and un-fined.

A Carefully Planned Pale Ale SB 4.8%
Chocolate Marble S 5.5%
Earl Grey IPA IPA 6.8%
Extra Porter P 5.9%
Howgate & Kemp SB 6.4%
Lagonda IPA 5%
Manchester Bitter BB 4.2%
Pint B 3.9%


Outstanding Beers

Outstanding Beers have recently relocated from the old mill in Bury which has been their home since their foundation in 2008 to a new site in Ordsall, Salford which has seen their capacity double.

Their mission statement remains “Don’t aspire to be ordinary”.

Beer range for #MBCF17 to be confirmed.

3.9 GA 3.9%
Blond BB 4.5%
Chocolate Liqueur Stout S 4.9%
Imperial IPA BW 7.4%
Red BB 4.4%
Rye Pale Ale 4.2% BB 4.2%
Sorachi Weiss Sp 4.7%

Pig & Porter

Pig & Porter

Kent’s Pig & Porter who will be bringing their range of beers all the way from their base in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Robin Wright and Shaun Ayling first visited Manchester two years ago when their brewery was just a sideline to the mobile hog-roast business which have the company its name. They fell in love with the city’s beer scene and have returned several times to brew with local brewers including Blackjack and Runaway while the quality of their beers has seen both give up their former jobs to become full time brewers and their beers become staples on some of the leading craft beer bars in the country.

Dream More 4.4%
Red Ryder Spy SB 4.8%
Skylarking IPA 4%
Slow, Black S 5.1%

More beers to be confirmed….

Runaway Brewery

Runaway Brewery

The Runaway Brewery was created when two old friends came together to take on an adventure – joining the movement to help modernise British beer and beer culture

They brew great, modern, British beer. Rather than being cask conditioned like most of the beers at the festival, Runaway are specialists at conditioning their beers in the modern key-keg – it’s real ale but maintaining a higher level of carbonation and served slightly colder than traditional cask ales.

They don’t cut corners and quality always comes first. If you’ve never tried key-keg conditioned beer, you can’t have a better introduction than Runaway Brews.

Pale SB 4.7%
American Brown BB 4.5%
Double IPA IPA 7.2%
Dry Irish Stout S 4.5%
Gingerbread Stout (BB aged) Sp 6.7%
NZ Pale (non keg-conditioned) BB 4.2%
Winter Saison Sa 6.3%

Tiny Rebel

Tiny Rebel

Although only four years old, Newport’s Tiny Rebel have made award winning a way of life including sealing Gold, Silver and Bronze in the 2014 Champion Beer Of Wales in route to taking the big one – Champion Beer Of Britain in 2015.

Champion beer Cwtch will be on their bar along with seven others including Stay Puft marshmallow porter and a rare cask of Cherry Bomb cherry sour.

Beat Box BB 4.5%
Cherry Bomb So 5%
Cwtch BB 4.6%
Fubar BB 4.4%
Fugg Life BB 4.2%
Hank B 4%
Juicy IPA 4.8%
Stay Puft P 5.2%

Track Brewing Co

Track Brewing Co

Sam Dyson’s Track Brewing Co celebrated their second birthday in December and in that short time have built a portfolio of top quality beers.

Pale ale Sonoma has been top of many local drinkers favourite beers list for the last couple of years and Sam literally hasn’t been able to brew enough of it, prompting two expansions of capacity at the city centre brewery already.

Treble Cone IPA 5.5
Sonoma GA 3.8%
Toba S 5.6%
Mojave BB 4.2

Wildside Beers


You might recognise the faces but not the beers…….

Ginger & Orange Golden Ale Sp 4.5%
Imperial Gold SB 6.8%
Red Chilli Lager Sp 4.8%
Roggenbier Sp 5%