Food & Drink

Manchester Craft Beer Festival announces huge lineup

Tickets include five hours of unlimited beers - and there's a huge array of cracking food on offer, too.

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 15th June 2021

The highly-anticipated Manchester Craft Beer Festival has officially unveiled its summer lineup – with dozens of breweries pouring over a hundred varieties all weekend long.

From fruity sours to triple hopped IPAs, rich stouts and aromatic pale ales, the Manchester Craft Beer Festival is promising a heady selection, to say the least.

Bringing together homegrown brewers like Pomona Island and Track with those from further afield, the event will showcase beers from roughly 50 different breweries across two days later this July.

Even better, the ticket price includes FIVE hours of unlimited beer.

Who could say no to that?

Some cracking food will also be served at the festival to soak up the beer / Image: Manchester Craft Beer Festival

There’ll be some cracking food on offer here too to soak up all that beer, ranging from delicate and innovative fine dining plates to big, fat LA-style beef burgers and dripping, saucy tacos.

Lorcan Kan of Things Palace, formerly Where The Light Gets In, will also team up with the Higher Ground team (formerly of NOMA, WTLGI, Relae etc) to produce a selection of innovative new dishes.


Meanwhile, Madre, the home of upscaled, ingredient-driven tacos in Liverpool, will partner on a menu with AngloThai – leaving us to expect some solid Asian-inspired tacos to be coming out of the kitchen here.

Liverpool’s Belzan Pasta Kitchen will be pulling up, serving their classic pasta dishes, whilst long-standing Freight Island resident Patty Queen will be there as always slinging its LA-inspired menu of burgers, shakes and fries to the boozy masses.

Elsewhere, Manchester newcomer Green Lights has collaborated with Kantina’s in-house residents Plant Grill to create the perfect plant-based burger for vegans and flexitarians. This will be served alongside their usual menu offering.

Beers will be free flowing at the festival, with all drinks included in your ticket / Image: Manchester Craft Beer Festival

Entertainment across the weekend will come from big names including funk and soul king Craig Charles, Daddy G of Massive Attack, Django Django and Bristol’s legendary Wild Bunch Sound System – all of whom will be taking to the decks to spin their top selections.

Tickets are priced at £49.50 and guarantee guests entry to a five-hour session on the Friday or Saturday.

Passes also include all of your beer, access to all areas, and a special festival beer glass to take home. 

Food must be purchased separately.

Taking place at Mayfield Depot on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 July, you can grab tickets for Manchester Craft Beer Festival online here.

There’s an exciting array of food up for grabs at the upcoming event / Image: Image: Manchester Craft Beer Festival

The full list of breweries confirmed to appear at Manchester Craft Beer Festival:

Alpha Delta (Raise the Bar winner) / Attic Brew Co. (Raise the Bar Winner) / Amundsen Dessert Bar (NOR) /Barrier Brewing Co. (USA) / Beak Brewery (Raise the Bar winner) / Beatnikz Republic / Blackjack Brewery / BOXCAR / Braybrooke Beer Co. / Brew York / Brixton Brewery / Brouwerij Frontaal (NL) / Brouwerij Kees (NL) / Budvar / Bullhouse Brewery (Raise the bar winner) / Bundobust Beers / Burnt Mill / Campervan Brewery / Dark Star / DEYA / Donzoko / Duration Brewery / Equilibrium (USA) / Full Circle Brew Co. / Gipsy Hill Brewing Company / Grimm Artisanal Ales (USA) / KCBC (USA) / The Kernel / LERVIG (NOR) / Lost and Grounded / Manchester Union Brewery / Marble Brewery / Mikkeller (DEN) / Neon Raptor / Neptune Brewery / Newbarns / Newtown Park (Raise the Bar winner) / North Brewing Co. / Northern Monk Brew Co. / Pastore Brewing (Raise the Bar winner) / Polly’s Brew Co. / Pomona Island Brew Co. / Salt Beer Factory / Signature Brew / Siren Craft Brew / Stone & Wood / Thornbridge / Tiny Rebel / Track Brewing / Two Tribes Brewing / Vault City / Verdant / Vocation / Wild Beer Co. / Wiper and True / Zapato Brewing

Feature image – Manchester Craft Beer Festival.