It’s nearly the end of another year – and what a year it’s been for beer. With new bars opening their doors and breweries arriving in the city, 2015 was a great year for beer drinkers in Manchester. But there’s much more to come in 2016, so here’s a look at just some of the events already announced to look forward to next year.
Instead of a dry January, why not get involved with Tryanuary? The campaign is all about promoting local independent breweries, bars and bottle shops at a time of year that’s traditionally quieter for many in the industry, and encouraging drinkers to try something new. It’ll all kick off on January 1.
Manchester Beer and Cider Festival
The largest CAMRA-organised beer event in Greater Manchester will be bringing more than 500 beers, ciders and perries to its new home at Manchester Central January 20-23. The beer list hasn’t been announced yet (although the sponsors list probably gives some hints), but expect cask and key-keg beers from around the UK and some options from overseas at the international bar.
Prestwich Beer Festival
If you prefer more intimate beer festivals, Prestwich's annual event will again be returning to the village's Longfield Suite February 25-27. Along with the beer, the event has a focus on entertainment and for 2016 they'll be kicking things off with an opening night featuring a live set from none other than Badly Drawn Boy.
The launch of Bundobust Manchester
A visit to Bundobust is a must on any trip to Leeds and they’ll be bringing their wares over this side of the Pennines in the spring with the arrival of Bundobust Manchester. They’re keeping quiet on the details and precise location at the moment but more is set to be revealed in the new year.
Stockport Beer Festival
Greater Manchester hosts a variety of beer festivals throughout the year, but one always worth making a visit to is Stockport Beer Festival. Taking place at Stockport FC’s ground Edgeley Park, 2016 will be the 30th anniversary of the event. It’ll take place June 2-4.
Manchester Beer Week
A whole week (well, ten days to be precise) dedicated to all things beer will be hitting the city from June 10. The events are still being finalised but founder Connor Murphy promises plenty to appeal to all – from craft beer devotees to casual drinkers. We’re excited already.
See past editions of Time Out Manchester's regular beer column Beer Here Now.