Manchester’s Summer Beer Thing festival will return to the city centre next weekend with over 20 breweries in tow pouring some of the UK’s freshest pints.
Taking place from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July, this year’s line-up has just been released and there are some absolutely cracking breweries signed up including local favourites Sureshot, Track and Squawk.
All three will be hosting stands across the weekend, alongside a brilliant line-up of visitors including Sheffield’s Triple Point, Dundee’s Holy Goat, Bristol’s Left Handed Giant, and FLOC from Canterbury.
Rivington Brewing Co and Verdant, from Cornwall, will be there too, with Talking Tides, from Redcar, and the Lake District’s Lakes Brew Co also attending.
Coinciding with the end of Pride Month, London’s Queer Brewing, the project set up to provide visibility for LGBTQ+ people in and around beer, will also be making an appearance.
There’ll also be guest kegs from international names including Collective Arts (Toronto, Canada), Jester King (Austin, Texas) and Frau Gruber (Swabia, Germany).
It’ll be bliss for beer lovers, with loads of beer taps nestled throughout the garden all weekend and DJs bringing the party vibes.
For the first time, this year’s Summer Beer Thing will see each of the indie operators at the foodie neighbourhood also open their doors to festival-goers, offering up one-off special drinks, able to buy with festival tokens.
Nell’s will be pouring a special Schoffertopper – Grapefruit Schofferhofer with frozen grapefruit margarita float, whilst Great North Pie will serve their twist on a Spanish classic with Tinto De Vimto.
Elsewhere, Three Little Words are putting on a specially-mixed Raspberry Gin Punch, and The Beeswing will offer ‘The Bees’ting’, whilst Redlight keep it classy with Mini Pomme Verte Martinis and Pollen keeps us all nicely caffeinated with its special cold brew coffee.
The summer fixture is the sister festival to Manchester’s biggest beer festival, Indy Man Beer Con, which is staged every autumn at Victoria Baths.
Since starting in Manchester in 2017, it’s gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of beer lovers eager to try the latest brews, as well as those new to craft ale looking for an accessible way to get involved and try something different.
Speaking ahead of the event Louise Bruin at Summer Beer Thing said: “We’re proud to be bringing a massive collective of breweries to Manchester for a weekend-long celebration in the Kampus garden.
“It’s no surprise we think British independent brewers are among the best in the world, so it’ll be brilliant to have so many of them all together in one place with a real celebratory atmosphere.
“It’ll be a perfect weekend for those who love craft beer and want to try all the latest seasonal brews, from crisp craft beers, to fruits, sours and stouts. Collaborating with all the Kampus bars and restaurants will just take it to the next level too.”
Tickets are priced between £6 and £10 and include a branded glass in which to sample craft beers, fruits and sours, hoppy, hoppier and session beers, as well as a range of non-beer drinks. These can be purchased via the Summer Beer Thing website.
The full list of participating breweries at Summer Beer Thing 2023:
Burning Sky (Lewes)
Drop Project (Mitcham)
Holy Goat (Dundee)
Lakes Brew Co (Lake District)
Left Handed Giant (Bristol)
Little Earth Project (Sudbury)
Queer Brewing (London)
Simple Things Fermentation (Glasgow)
Talking Tides (Redcar)
Triple Point (Sheffield)
Featured image – Summer Beer Thing
The incredible new lantern trail around a northern theme park with Yorkshire pudding wraps, boozy hot chocolates, and more
Yorkshire pudding wraps and boozy hot chocolates are just some of the festive treats on offer at an incredible new lantern trail.
In case you haven’t heard, Land of Lights has now opened at Gulliver’s World in Warrington, and it’s transformed the much-loved North West theme park into an immersive winter wonderland for the Christmas season – with 12 “vivid dreamworlds” full of dozens of gigantic lanterns inspired by animals, mega monuments, and wonders of the natural world to marvel at.
As the sun goes down and the nights draw in, visitors are now able to explore an amazing array of light installations as they walk all around the park.
More than 7,000 individual lanterns and hundreds of thousands of LED lights create the spectacle.
Having been already enchanting families since it opened at few weeks back now, Land of Lights is a first-of-its-kind attraction for the area, and it’s arrived in Warrington after it was held for the first time ever at Gulliver’s Land down in Milton Keynes last year, and proved to be a smash-hit success that was visited by thousands.
The award-winning work of the Zigong Lantern Group – with more than 100 people involved in the production process, and it taking six months to design, manufacture, and artistically finish – Land of Lights seems to already be garnering rave reviews.
But those aren’t just down to all the show-stopping lanterns and light installations.
That’s because visitors also have the chance to tuck into a feast of festive-themed street food and drinks all throughout the festival too.
As you make your way around the illuminated park, you can grab everything from freshly-made and generously-filled Yorkshire pudding wraps, and an impressive selection of handmade churros, to authentic German sausages and bratwursts, and a winter-warming lineup of tipples and soft drinks like mulled wine, beer, and boozy hot chocolates.
Not only that, but there’s also Lagado’s Restaurant & Grill located on site too, which offers up a wide range of sit-down meal options inside its warm restaurant on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays of the festival.
As we mentioned, the event looks to have been proving pretty popular in the short time since it’s opened, with positive reviews coming in thick and fast.
One glowing review reads: “We visited Land of Lights at Gulliver’s world, I have to say it’s breathtaking, much more than what I imagined, well worth the money, definitely recommended.
“Like stepping into a fairy tale, it’s an amazing experience. You have hot food and drink, different gadget shops during the trail, it’s an instant stress relief after a bad day. Parking is free.”