Craft Beer in Manchester

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Craft beer, real ale, a pint with an artisan bent: whatever you want to call it, the rise and rise of local, microbrewed and craft beer is apparently unstoppable. Gen up on the best of Manchester’s artisan beer producers and purveyors with our guide. A good pint has never tasted so, er, good.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Marble Arch Pub

    Marble Brewery beers
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    Marble Arch Pub, 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 4HY - Visit now

    Nobody’s been doing it longer than North Manchester’s Marble Beers, the venerable granddaddy of the Northwest craft beer scene, who has been filling their trademark brown bottles with magical liquids since most of these young upstarts were still in school. Find their excellent output in the Marble Arch pub, 57 Thomas Street and Marble Beerhouse in Chorlton.

    – Kate Feld

  • 2. Port Street Beer House

    Port Street Beer House, Manchester
    Image courtesy of Port Street Beer House

    Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2EQ - Visit now

    Ideal for the true beer aficionado, the wide-windowed Port Street has an unrivalled selection of speciality ales – from seven handpulls, eighteen draft lines and over a hundred bottled beers – to be enjoyed in its ground floor bar, upstairs lounge or small beer garden space at the back.

    – Polly Checkland Harding

  • 3. Beermoth

    Beermoth shop in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
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    Beermoth, 70 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LG - Visit now

    Home-loving beerhounds around Manchester raised their glasses at the arrival of Beermoth, a shop on Tib Street selling craft beer by the bottle, tin and – our favourite – the growler, a refillable extra-large bottle resembling a glass jug of hooch. There’s also Beermoth Café just off Market Street.

    – Kate Feld

  • 4. BrewDog Manchester

    BrewDog bar in Manchester.
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    BrewDog Manchester, 35 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5BG - Visit now

    BrewDog will also sell you a growler of their beers to take away, and it’s another great place to drink craft beer, where you can try many varieties you won’t get anywhere else.

    – Kate Feld

  • 5. Pie & Ale

    Pie and Ale bar in Manchester

    Pie & Ale, Northern Quarter Arcade, The Hive (off Lever Street), Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1FN - Visit now

    One of the best places we’ve found is Pie & Ale, which specialises in regional craft beer with a rotating selection of six beers on tap every week, a fantastic bottle selection and, as the name would suggest, a range of pies to go with your pint.

    – Kate Feld

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