This is the ultimate “beer geek” place in Manchester! It opened in February last year and I believe it’s our better version of the popular Borough Market beer shop in London. The selection of brands is crazy! The owners Jeremy and Scott pick their beers from local breweries and all over the UK, but you’ll find some nice Dutch and Belgian brands in here as well, like Oersoep, Rooie Dop or Butcher’s Tear.
When you go in, you want to lift all the bottles, especially the ones with cuckoo labels or decorations (like that one dressed up in feathers). But then you end up asking the guys: “can you please recommend something?” This is when the fun starts. Because you’ll keep on pondering in-between quirky tastes – like tobacco leaves, melon or chestnut flavored beer, a sour cherry stout or going for a regular good ol’ beer. Except that you won’t really find regular brands in here – head to a local Tesco for that.
I asked the guys why they opened the shop in Manchester. They simply said: “because this is where we live”. Short and sweet, this “proud to be Mancunian” answer makes my question sound ridiculous.
I recommend the shop for so many reasons! To name a few: great for gifts ideas, especially if you’re traveling from abroad and you want a local taste. The shop also sells cigars and has a tasting room downstairs. So you’ll definitely get out of the shop with a couple of bottles. And happy.