A new trend is sweeping the bar scene in Manchester and that trend is brewtaps.

Manchester residents are moving away from traditional drinking and towards a whole new concept. Brewtaps are taking the city by storm, with independent breweries popping up in the Green Quarter, Spinningfields and even more near Piccadilly.

Breweries offer customers lower prices, fresh beer and a brand new way of drinking. Here are our top picks for the best brewery taps in Manchester.

Alphabet Brewing Co

Credit: MCR Beer Week

Alphabet Brewing Co calls North Western Street between Piccadilly and Ardwick station its home. They aim to make modern style beer using the best ingredients they can find.

Recently, Alphabet teamed up with street food festival organisers GRUB in order to bring one of the biggest brewtaps to Manchester.

Alphabet and GRUB now hold a weekly event and every Saturday the building they occupy is transformed into a haven of food and beer, with a whole range of different food traders providing different foods to accompany Alphabet’s brews of beers.

Cloudwater’s Barrel Store Tap Room

Credit: Cloudwater Brew

The Cloudwater brewtap is located in the Cloudwater Barrel Store on Sheffield Street by Piccadilly station.

Customers can try brews from 10 different taps on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. There is also a tour available at 10:45am on Saturday’s, introducing people to the production process at Cloudwater, as well as beer tasting.

Blackjack Brewtap

Credit: Blackjack Beers

Blackjack can be found on Gould Street in the Green Quarter. Their outdoor space is inspired by upcycling, with tables made out of reclaimed wood and lighting made out of key kegs. They even have a vertical garden which is made from old pallets.

Blackjack’s first event for this year takes place on March 24 and will offer its usual keg beers, cask ales, spirits, wine, cider, music and fun.

Track Brew Tap

Credit: Track Brewing

Track Brew Tap on Sheffield Street has become known for its wide range of delicious beers. Track often serves food, provided by a changing guest street food trader to give customers some great variety. There’s also a local DJ, meaning that a night at Track often ends in dancing.


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