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Manchester Craft Beer Festival is back this summer with world-class breweries

Goldie, Norman Jay MBE and David Holmes will soundtrack the festival, and a brand-new fire pit cooking concept will be revealed

After a successful debut last summer, Manchester Craft Beer Festival is returning to the city this July.

The team behind Bigfoot Festival will take over Depot Mayfield to host the beer, food and music fuelled festival, which features a line-up of world-class breweries.

From household favourites to brand-new discoveries and everything in-between, whether you want to tantalise your tastebuds with alternative beers or drink a classic pint, they’ve got you covered.

Each ticket is priced at £55 and allocates guests entry for a five-hour session on Friday or Saturday to sample the brewers and enjoy live music from their heavyweight headline acts.

The ticket includes all of your beer, a special festival beer glass and access to the festival’s pop-up kitchens.

From sours to IPAs, lagers to imperial stouts, MCBF presents breweries from all over the world, bringing multi-styles of delicious beers for guests to explore. 

Representing Manchester this year are Manchester Union, Blackjack, Track, Marble, Pomona Island and Beatnikz

Some of the best breweries from all over the UK will join them: Scotland’s Moonwake and sour specialists Vault City, Norfolk’s Duration pouring fresh beers and wild ales that are brewed from nature, and Beak from East Sussex, making everything from hop-forward IPAs and best bitters to saisons and imperial stouts.

Turning Point, UnBarred, Hackney Brewery, Siren, Double-Barrelled, Dark Star, Full Circle, Mondo, Timothy Taylors, North Brew Co., Brixton, Brew York, Vocation, Pastore, Alpha Delta, The Kernel and Burnt Mill are also confirmed, plus Czech’s celebrated Budvar. 

Beyond beer, Tappd Cocktails, Jim & Tonic and Ascension Cider will be joining the festival, with more to be announced.

Headlining the sessions this year will be the one and only, king of jungle, Goldie, one of the finest and most respected DJs in the world, Norman Jay MBE, and dance and indie legend David Holmes.

The festival will also play host to the North West’s finest chefs, restaurants and popups taking stalls for the weekend.

This year sees the introduction of a brand-new fire-pit cooking concept.

Over the course of the sessions, guest chefs will take over the live fire to serve up their unique take on BBQ.

Watch this space for names to be announced.

“After such a warm welcome last year, it was no question whether we’d return to Manchester,” said co-founder of We Are Beer, Greg Wells.

“The city is home to many incredible breweries so it’s great to be able to bring everyone together to celebrate their contribution to the craft beer community.

“As well as local legends and newcomers, we’re excited to showcase international favourites and breweries from all over the UK.

“There’s really going to be something for everyone – beer lovers and even non-beer lovers, foodies, music heads, for those wanting a learning experience or simply a memorable night out!

“We’re very excited to be back.”

Manchester Craft Beer Festival will take place at Depot Mayfield on Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd July 2022, running across three sessions: 6pm-11pm on Friday, 11.30-4.30pm Saturday, and 6pm-11pm Saturday. Tickets are available here.

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