The Manchester taprooms serving up the freshest pints in the city
Manchester's definitely earned its title as the second best place in the country for craft beer - and we're absolutely spoilt when it comes to choosing a taproom. Words by Alice Gerrard.
Manchester knows its way around beer, with some of the world’s best breweries right here in the north west.
From the tiny spots serving colourful cans of ale to the giants spotted in pubs across the nation, there’s a lot going on.
And if you’re looking to sample some of Manchester’s freshest beer, look no further than the city’s almost intimidatingly high volume of taprooms.
Each attached to a local, independent brewery, here you can experience a whole new way of drinking – separate from the city centre bars. In the promised land of brewery taprooms, beer pretty much flows straight out of the brewery tanks into your awaiting pint glass.
The trade-off? Typically, taprooms offer a slightly more industrial setting – being attached to the breweries and all. Still, if you want to drink straight from the source and try the newest brews, there really is nothing better.
Whether you’re a fan of craft ale on tap, lager or a traditional cask hand pump, there’s plenty to discover in Manchester to suit all beer drinkers tastes.
Keep reading to discover our top Manchester taproom picks.
Track Brewing Co.
Unit 14, Piccadilly Trading Estate
This newer kid on the block has added to the drink-in indie brewery scene springing up near Piccadilly. There are more than 20 beers to choose from here, including three lager taps, 17 draught taps, and 3 cask pumps on offer. An integral part of Track’s 10,000 sq ft new home at Piccadilly Trading Estate, the taproom seats 80 people and also has room for a DJ.
Cloudwater Brew Co.
Unit 9, Piccadilly Trading Estate
Cloudwater is one of Manchester’s most esteemed breweries, having won multiple awards – including the title of the second-best brewery in the world. Its cosy taproom has over 20 draught taps of their own beer to showcase and there is also a shop selling cans and bottles to take away direct from a walk-in cold store.
While not attached to an actual brewery, there’s enough beer flowing at North Brewing Co’s first Manchester bar to keep you occupied. The stylish, Scandi-inspired space at North Taproom is kitted out with plywood and plants, with seating for up to 100 punters at a time plus outside space. Then there are 24 draught lines, flanked by glowing fridges filled with cans to take away.
Alphabet Brewing Co.
99, North Western Street
The original home of GRUB before it moved over to the Green Quarter, ABC’s taproom is one of Manchester’s foremost spots for any lovers of good beer. Serving up to 10 lines of Alphabet beers to drink in or takeaway, there is seating in a sheltered beer yard and they even let you bring your own food.
Microbrewery Runaway has always been based just off Angel Gardens in the Green Quarter – but it’ll be all change this year as it relocates to Stockport. They gave us a little glimpse of things to come with a three-week pop up ahead of an official reopening in Spring 2023, in a spot behind the Pineapple pub. Expect core range beers and regularly changing seasonal beers, plus one-off brews in collaboration with other breweries which are well worth looking out for.
The team behind this new Green Quarter brewery previously worked at Beatnikz Republic, under the very same arches. They’ve created a welcoming space with real New York vibes, with ivy climbing the walls. There’s a great range of flagship ales to nurse your way through.
Wander Beyond Brewing
98, North Western Street
Wander Beyond beers is inspired by the outdoors and the brewery’s love for adventure. Its flavours of beers reflect all things natural, exemplified by beer names like River Monster and Secret Garden. Whilst most of the brewery’s Instagram is showing their beers out in the wild, you’re more than welcome to enjoy them sat down in the taproom too.
Seven Brothers Brewing Co.
Set up by seven actual brothers their beerhouse in Ancoats offers amazing craft beer and some seriously filling scran. The menu is updated regularly, with a beer for every season and mood. If you’re not sure what to go for, just ask for a sample and the team will happily oblige. They have another taproom attached to their main brewery in Salford, too.
Featured image: ABC Brewery