The Runaway Brewery – Tour & Tasting

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Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
The Runaway Brewery

The Runaway Brewery - Tour & Tasting, 1 December 2018–3 July 2019, from £12 - Book now

The North has a reputation for DIY culture and the number of microbreweries cropping up and revolutionising how we drink beer has proved this reputation well earnt. Among some of Manchester and Salford’s brewing success stories are Shindigger, Cloud Water, Marble, Blackjack, Alphabet and in the Green Quarter you’ll find Runaway. This small scale brewery was started by two old friends as a reaction to the closure of so many pubs in the city who found the name Runaway because they were both leaving stable jobs to start it. You can visit and take a tour of Runaway every Saturday. Starting at 11, the tours last around an hour to an hour and a half each and are lead by one of the three brewers.

Brewing is definitely a craft of passion and it can often be inspiring to meet people working hard to hone their craft.

The tour begins in the bar area of the brewery where you’ll sample four beers and get up close to the raw ingredients in the brews. Each beer you taste will emphasise one of these four main ingredients, and aims to show you how flavour can be affected by the subtle adjustment of the recipe. On the tour you can expect to come across exclusive batch brews that aren’t found easily outside of Runaway. Their ethos is based around creating beer that they themselves would want to drink, rather than coming up with  outlandish beers for the sake of it. In the tasting you can expect good honest flavourful beer with a whole load of care and thought behind it. You will then be lead through to the main brewery where the process is explained. You’ll see the industrial scale equipment close up and learn how Runaway creates their individualistic flavours. In addition to hearing how the brewing process works from the brewers, the tour is a great opportunity to meet the people making beer and find out why they do it. Brewing is definitely a craft of passion and it can often be inspiring to meet people working hard to hone their craft, especially when you can drink the results.



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