Back in October 2015 we expanded out of our garage at home and moved Beer Nouveau into the old Privateer Brewery on Temperance Street, and the first thing we did was build a bar to have monthly brew taps. These went well and in May 2016, when joint tenants Cave Direct moved out, we expanded through to the North Western half of the arch, built a new bar with more space and seating, and in September that year we started opening this bar weekly. We’re just ten minutes’ walk from Piccadilly Station, with Alphabet Brewery and their weekly tap and Grub food fair half way between us and Cloudwater’s tap in Piccadilly Trading Estate making a nice beery triangle and our weekly brewery taps have been steadily growing in popularity over the winter.
But we’ve realised that the Temperance St bar is now completely unused except for hiding unsorted bits and pieces out of the way, and we’re also very aware that Manchester itself is hard for breweries to get their beers into, despite the large amount of pubs and bars.
So, we’re offering our second bar to any small(ish) breweries so they can have their own pop-up brew tap and get people to try and hopefully enjoy their beers. Because brew taps are great, and people love being able to chat with the brewers who’ve made the beer they’re drinking.
To start with, we’re offering the bar on the first and third weekends of the month, until we work out how it works with the other things that we organise at the tap and these dates have pretty much filled up very quickly!
So here’s those already confirmed, and no doubt there’ll be more announced soon!
March 17/18 : Rammy Craft Brewery from Ramsbottom
April 7/8 : Neptune Brewery from Liverpool
April 21/22 : Connoisseur Ales from St. Helens
May 5/6 : Hafod Brewing Co from Mold, Wales
May 19/20 : Chapter Brewing from Liverpool
June 2/3 : Neon Raptor from Derby