Manchester brewery Cloudwater to open beer hall in Victorian shipping warehouse

It’ll feature a communal beer hall, 3°c cold store and beer tap wall, a kitchen serving local food, and outdoor seating in the Kampus garden
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Manchester brewery Cloudwater is the latest independent business to set its sights on the Kampus garden neighbourhood, with plans for a new flagship venue. 

The team plan to bring their internationally-acclaimed, fresh beers to the ground floor of Minshull House, a former Victorian shipping warehouse at Kampus.

It’ll feature a communal beer hall, 3°c cold store and beer tap wall, full kitchen serving local and seasonal food, and flexible event spaces.

Drinkers will also be able to soak up the summer sun, with outdoor seating in the Kampus garden and the new square on Chorlton Street.

Terms have been agreed on the 3,798 sq.ft space at the neighbourhood, being developed by Capital&Centric and HBD, with the brewery eyeing a spring opening.

The brewery is the latest big name to join Kampus which, with the likes of Nell’s, General Store, Beeswing, Great North Pie and Pollen also signed up, is fast becoming a haven for some of Manchester’s most-loved indies. 

From brewing their first beers on Valentine’s Day in 2015, Cloudwater have grown into a true Manchester treasure, creating hundreds of evolving and seasonal beers and gaining a loyal army of followers.

In 2020, they brewed the equivalent of over a million pints.  

Whilst keeping their cards close to the chest on the details of what’s in store for Kampus, the Cloudwater team are planning a relaxed, all-day hangout perfect for a spot of work or casual lunch transforming in the evening to a go-to social spot with dining, parties and events. 

“We’re looking forward to joining the community at Kampus, which already includes a number of outstanding independent operators who are a major credit to our city,” said Paul Jones, co-founder of Cloudwater.

“Manchester means so much to us – far more than simply acting as our home city, it provides us with inspiration, feeds our creative energy and informs our values.

“So we’re proud to be able to open another venue in the city, especially one neighbouring Canal Street, which has long been a vital part of the city’s nightlife.”

Cloudwater at Kampus will become the brewery’ biggest location to date.

“Cloudwater are a perfect fit for us – a homegrown indie businesses who’ve made good with their world-class beers, helping put Manchester brewing on the map,” said Adam Higgins at Capital&Centric.

“It’s amazing that they’ve chosen Kampus for their biggest venture yet and we can’t wait to see what they will deliver.

“Every neighbourhood needs a good boozer and we just know it’ll be one of the friendliest, most inviting places in the city to kick back and enjoy a beer in the garden.”

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