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Scranchester: Beers, Banks and Brown

Written by
Kate Feld

Manchester has become a craft beer-drinker’s heaven. With names like Runaway and Squawk adorning taps alongside old-timers like Marble, this week we begin by raising a glass to new arrivals among the city’s brewing brethren. In fact, it’s all about the brethrens at Seven Bro7hers Brewery (no, that’s the way it’s spelt. You see, the ‘7’ is supposed to look like a ‘T’… oh, honestly.) There are really seven brothers! They make good beer! And until their bar opens you can try it at their Ancoats brewery on the last Friday of the month. Fellow newbies Cloudwater run an open tap on Saturdays and Blackjack’s monthly brewtap event is good fun. And remember to book those Indy Man Beer Con tickets – they’re on sale Monday.

Plenty of new openings this week. Hotel Gotham has checked in at the glorious Midland Bank building – we went last night and can report the panoramic views from its Honey restaurant were spectacular, the food less so. Tariff & Dale is open, bringing Tariff Street’s bar count up to an impressive 79. The new NQ venture from the owners of Chorlton’s Lead Station does casual food and drink in a scrubbed-up textile mill. Nearby, slick and spacious Foundation Coffee House has opened on Lever Street, designed by co-owners No Chintz. This area is getting so relentlessly industrial chic I’m starting to dream about white subway tiles and exposed brickwork. You feel for the plasterers. 

The summer festival season is upon us, whatever the weather thinks its doing. On June 20-21 Old Granada Studios hosts The Weekender (haven’t we heard this name somewhere before?) – there’s cool stuff to do and buy but what we’re concerned with is the involvement of fine dining gun for hire Mary-Ellen McTague of Aumbry fame, local heroes Caffeine and Co. and a Citroen van doing service as a “gin garden.”  In other Northern Powerchef news, tomorrow night Robert Owen Brown joins the talented Bangers & Bacon gang on the Chef’s Table for a final blowout before Guerrilla Eats' street food residency at the Wonder Inn ends. Some tickets still available but be quick.

Find out where else to eat and drink in Manchester.

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