Brewing can be challenging…..

The Manchester Brewers Challenge was launched at Manchester Beer & Cider Festival in 2018, a unique competition to find Manchester’s top beer irrespective of serving format – cask, keg, key-keg, bottle or can.

The inaugural Challenge was won by Alphabet Brew Co with their Type A served from Key-Keg with bottled Karma Citra from Wigan’s  Wily Fox coming second.

MBCF has now laid down the challenge again – inviting every eligible brewery in Greater Manchester to put forward their best beer. With over 70 breweries in Greater Manchester, the only constraint is that brewers can put just one beer in front of the judges next January as the festival opens so brewers must choose the format which they believe best represents their selected beer

On Wednesday 23rd January, panels of judges made up of brewers, publicans, writers and other industry figures will blind taste the entered beers against a variety of criteria including aroma, taste, aftertaste and sale-ability. Judges will not know which brewer’s beer they are tasting, nor whether it came from bottle, can, keg or cask.

The Manchester Brewers Challenge 2019 is being supported by Charles Faram Hop Factors & Merchants & Kegstar

The winners will be announced on the evening of 23rd January and visitors to MBCF will be able to taste the winning beers when the festival opens on Thursday 24th January.

Brewers have until Friday 16th November to make their entry.

Note to brewers: If you have not received or have misplaced your invitation, please contact challenge (at)