Winter Beer Fest is back with a new home inside Chapeltown Picture House

There'll be new beers from local and independent breweries including The Runaway Brewery, Blackjack Brewing Co, Beatnikz Republic and more

Following a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19, Manchester’s biggest and friendliest street food venue GRUB will welcome back its annual local and independent beer festival in January 2022.

With the basement bar holding over 20 taps and a constant rotation of new beers from local and independent breweries including its neighbours The Runaway Brewery, Blackjack Brewing Co, Beatnikz Republic and more, GRUB is the perfect place for any beer fanatic.

GRUB’s Winter Beer Fest will welcome the above breweries, as well as guests Squawk Brewing Co and Rivington Brewery Co, who will all bring along a pop-up bar to the venue, showcasing their collection of delicious beers for you to try.

Previously known for being ‘Britain’s coldest beer festival’ due to some of the beers freezing, Winter Beer Fest has now taken a cosier residence inside GRUB’s very own independent cinema Chapeltown Picture House. 

Here is where the guest brewery bars will be hosted alongside a series of top secret special tastings across the weekend and some exciting beer and food pairings still to be announced.

GRUB is a street food and drinks events company founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Jason Bailey and Juliana Bailey after a successful run as street food traders  themselves. 

Now based at Red Bank in Manchester’s Green Quarter, GRUB hosts an amazing industrial events space, an independent cinema, a cosy hidden garden and more.  

The focus of the events is always providing an inclusive, festival-style atmosphere  supported by exceptional food and drink supplied by truly independent producers and  chefs. 

In addition to this, GRUB is committed to assisting and mentoring street food traders in order to support the grass-roots food and drinks community in Manchester.

“We’re so excited for the return of Winter Beer Fest this January,” says Jason.

“After the past 18 months, it’s great to be able to running these kinds of events again and welcoming our lovely customers and these amazing breweries back into our venue.” 

Winter Beer Fest will be on Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd January and a limited run of early bird tickets are on sale now for £5 per session, which includes entry to the  event, access to the full range of beers including all the brewery bars and guest taps and a branded glass to take home. Sessions are on Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm and  6pm-11pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm. Tickets are available at


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