Track Brewing Co Taproom, Unit 18 Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester, M1 2NP – Visit Now
Review by Stephen Wilson: Whilst gastronomes lament Manchester’s lack of multiple Michelin stars and some in the dining industry struggle to come to terms with the post-pandemic world, the city’s beer and brewing scene shows no sign of a slow-down, and no more is this typified by Track Brewing Co.
It was founded in 2015 after owner Sam Dyson’s cycling tour of the US had exposed him to the burgeoning American craft scene and their hop-forward beers. On his return from the states, Sam immersed himself in the nascent UK craft brewing industry working London’s Camden Town Brewery – though Northern roots are strong and he soon found his way to Manchester to found Track.
Track’s first HQ was in what was to become the heart of the Manchester craft beer scene in the streets and arches just north of Piccadilly station. Their Sheffield Street taproom was, like many of their fellow brewer’s taps, just a few tables and chairs slotted in where space could allow.
But that was then and with Track’s continued success new premises were soon found, which has made them near neighbours once again with another of Manchester’s craft beer figureheads, Cloudwater.
And now the décor and ambience match the quality of the beer. The 10,000 sqft of space has increased brewing capacity substantially (tripled in volume from Sheffield Street) and the taproom aesthetic uses bold green that makes a pleasing contrast with the clear white and pastels of the walls. The design, the work of On the Brink Studio and Mikesian Studio, is functional but pleasing on the eye.
The increased brewing capacity has allowed for a staggering 23 different lines available. These include 17 keg lines, three cask pumps and three Czech style side-pull taps, especially for lagers. Needless to say, all lines will be kept in tip-top shape and the modern Mancunian classic Sonoma is on cask permanently.
Capacity stands at 120 with 80 seats available and the 2,000sqft taproom will also host a rotating street food residence that will feed hungry drinkers.