Food & Drink

Local breweries unite to offer free pints to those who vote at this general election

That's one way to get the young'ens to vote.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 19th June 2024

In an effort to get people more politically engaged this summer, a number of local breweries have banded together to create a great way of incentivising people to vote: a free pint.

Now that’s talking in the language of the people.

Prime Minister Rishi Suank called a general election last month, with the vote set to take place on Thursday, 4 July, but there is still always the problem of making sure enough people get to the polling booths and express their democratic rights.

Almost a third of all registered voters in the UK failed to cast their ballot at the last election, so this time a team of Northern beer masters are offering free pints to help give them that extra push to vote.

As part of the clever ‘Give an X, Get a Pint’ campaign, Manchester Union Brewery, Cloudwater Brew Co, Sureshot Brewing and Northern Monk’s MCR Refectory are all offering a free pint to anyone who proves they went and cast their vote in the 2024 general election.


The process is simple: head to your local polling station, be it a church, primary school, or
library, and cast your vote.

After that, you need to snap a picture outside the polling station as proof of your
participation – though strictly NO pictures should be taken inside the building itself as these could incur a legal fine and will therefore NOT be valid – then tag all four breweries and post on your socials.


Once done, all you need to do is bring along your polling card to one of the breweries’ four participating and show your social media post too.

These are the following watering holes where you can then grab your free pint:

  • Sureshot Taproom – 4 Sheffield St, Manchester M1 2ND
  • Cloudwater Taproom – Piccadilly Trading Estate, Unit 9, Gidding Rd, Manchester M1 2NP
  • Manchester Union – available at The New Cross 6 Cross Keys St, Manchester M4 5ET
  • Northern Monk Refectory – 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

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Aiming to encourage young voters in particular to engage in the democratic
process, this is a fun rewarding way to ensure their voices are heard, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate democracy than with some of the best craft breweries in the UK.


These are fundamentally Northern independent businesses too, and we’re sure you’ll agree that’s something we can and should all get behind at this time.

Commenting on the initiative in a joint statement, the breweries said: “We believe this campaign not only supports democratic engagement but also highlights the incredible contributions of our local breweries. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in spreading the word about this initiative.”

So don’t miss out on your chance to make a difference and grab yourself a free drink, give an X and get a pint this polling day.

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