Characterful brewpub from one of the leading lights in the Manchester craft beer scene, with street food traders and DJs
Head down Rochdale Road, past The Angel, take a left at The Marble Arch and you’ll happen across the diminutive brewery of Blackjack Beers. Founded in 2012 by Rob Hamilton (an alumnus of Manchester indie beer pioneers Marble), Blackjack has grown from a small operation to one of the foremost craft beer suppliers in the area, with a portfolio of over 40 cask ales.
They’ve transformed the site, which has the look of a mechanic’s garage, into something eminently more hospitable. There are tables made from repurposed wooden pallets and lamps made from the plastic innards of kegs – there’s even a miniature herb garden sprouting from the walls. It’s all very DIY, but that’s part of the charm.
When events are on, Blackjack’s core range is usually available, including their excellent Aces High and an intense stout, plus whatever collaborations they’re involved in. Expect to see beer from their brewery cohabitants 6 O’Clock Brewing, too. Food comes from local street food traders: The Moocher, Arepa!Arepa!Arepa!, Big Star and Honest Crust have all catered. For DJ duty, see Goff and David Chatton Barker.
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36 Gould Street
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I cant quite find the words to explain how much I love this event, which goes on once a month during Summer months at the Blackjack Brewery. This is very much a case of Miss It, Miss Out.
Anyone familiar with the Smithfield pub in Ancoats will find familiar offerings on the tap here.
This IS a Brewery, and not Panacea, so be forewarned that there will be no Pornstar Martinis or a lady in the toilet offering a skoosh of Jo Malone Pomegranite Noir.
What there most definitely is, is a huge selection of cask and keg beersm both brewed on the Blackjack premises, but also some interesting guest ales.
Food van changes every month. DJ playing some very hip music. Great atmosphere.