Manchester brewers take on best of the US in nine beer challenge


This month will see two of Manchester’s best known local breweries take on the cream of US craft in the Three Squared challenge.

Taking place at much loved Mancunian institution The Koffee Pot, Three Squared will see the three breweries put their best foot forward in a three-round taste test that will explore the best of what craft beer can offer in the north west of England.

Ticket holders will get the chance to try nine beers from three categories – lager, IPA and the mysteriously-titled maverick round, where each brewery will select a beer at random to be paired with a dessert.

The menu will include the option to try a specially paired dish with each beer, created by the team at The Koffee Pot. The beers and their food pairings will be explained by the brand ambassador from each brewery, who will also be on hand to share insider knowledge on each of the individual beers throughout the night.

The event will end with a vote to decide which brewery wins the prize of their beer being featured on a special menu at The Koffee Pot.

In the red corner (or is it the blue?) ShinDigger co-founders Paul Delamere and George Grant

The contenders are as follows:

Brooklyn Brewery

Founded in 1988, The Brooklyn Brewery is one of the foremost craft breweries in the world, currently ranking #12 in volume among United States craft breweries. While developing both delicious traditional styles and boundary-defying creations alike, Brooklyn Brewery produces award-winning beers that are available in more than 30 countries. The Brooklyn Brewery is located in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn and has been a proud supporter of the arts, music and community efforts since its inception.

Alphabet Brewing Co

Founded in 2014, Alphabet Brewing Co. can be found not far from Piccadilly Station. With a modus operandum of making kickass beers, the team brew modern styles and re-interpretations of old ones, all using the best ingredients they can get their hands on, and sold as fresh as possible. Branded by local studio Instruct and illustrated by Hammo, the brewery has its roots in creativity.


Founded in 2013 by two students at Manchester University selling their home brew at house parties, the name ShinDigger embodies their ethos that beer is about having a good time with your friends and enjoying the moment.

But which brewer will win? There’s only one way to find out.

Three Squared challenge tickets

Email [email protected] for tickets which are priced at £20 for nine samples of beer with three paired dishes or £10 without food.

7pm on Thursday, 17th August, Koffee Pot, 84-86 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE


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