Craft Beer in Manchester
Cloudwater Brew Co – Manchester
From classics to collaborations, seasonals to certifiably sublime, Cloudwater have a short but insanely successful history and are one of the industry’s leading lights. Constantly innovating to produce showstopper after showstopper, they’ve risen up the ranks and have become a craft beer stalwart everyone simply has to try.
Best Brew 🍺 Double Dry Hopped Pale – 5%
Beatnikz Republic – Manchester
Last year we described these guys as daring and cutting-edge, and this year the only difference we’d add would be putting ‘incredibly’ in front of both adjectives as they’ve continued doing what they do best: making belting, conversation-starting beers. Hit up their online shop now and grab a selection, so you can fully appreciate their beer range for yourself.
Best Brew 🍺 Blacklight Breakfast – Maple and Blueberry Stout – 11.4%
Wander Beyond Brewing – Manchester
Encapsulating their sense of adventure, Wander Beyond Brewing’s beers push boundaries with their bold flavours which will take you outside your comfort zone. The can art is up there with some of the coolest you’ll see, but it’s the contents of the can that really matter, and these guys deliver on all fronts.
Best Brew 🍺 Ramble – Session Pale Ale – 4.2%
Craft Beer in Leeds
Northern Monk – Leeds
Community and collaboration are the cornerstones of what Northern Monk represent, as can be seen with their Patrons Project (check them out on their website), but they are also on a mission to produce the best beer about combing a monastic brewing approach with the best ingredients and modern techniques – the results of which are fantastic.
Best Brew 🍺 Faith – Hazy Pale Ale – 5.4%
Craft Beer in Newcastle
Wylam Brewery – Newcastle
How incredibly apt that Wylam Brewery is housed in the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park as the beers they produce are certainly worthy of their own boozy gallery. Passionate, knowledgeable and insanely talented, their team continuously drop groundbreaking new beers and show no sign of slowing up anytime soon.
Best Brew 🍺 Horizon Line – Indian Pale Ale – 6.1%
Box Social Brewing – Newcastle
The goal of Box Social Brewing is ‘to get people talking to each other and question their perception of beer’ which most definitely happened with us. They have a small range of core beers meaning they can release a new and exciting beverage virtually every month, so these guys are never standing still.
Best Brew 🍺 A Certain Shade of Green – Citra IPA – 6%
Craft Beer in Liverpool
Love Lane Brewery – Liverpool
Not only did they transform two rundown warehouses into a fantastic brewery and bar, but they also simultaneously transformed the Liverpool craft beer scene very much for the better. Love Lane Brewery produce various flavour-packed concoctions which you can enjoy in the wonderful atmosphere along with a belting bite to eat.
Best Brew 🍺 Love Lane Baltic Berliner – 4%
Black Lodge Brewery – Liverpool
A small batch-brewery making big waves with their strong experimental philosophy, these guys produce some unusual but very delicious beers. Forget comfort zones, Black Lodge dare to be different and step away from the ordinary to produce something new, something exciting, something to make us sit up and take notice – and we certainly have!
Best Brew 🍺 Think About It – Double Dry Hopped Pale – 5.2%
Craft Beer in Huddersfield
Magic Rock Brewing – Huddersfield
Often considered one of the best craft breweries, not just in the UK, but globally as well, this speaks volumes about the work being done by the uber impressive Magic Rock Brewing. We’re not ones who usually believe in magic, but there is something extra special about their beers – which we’ll just put that down to expert brewers who know their stuff!
Best Brew 🍺 Saucery – Session IPA – 3.9%
Craft Beer in Buxton
Buxton Brewery – Buxton
A venture that began in 2009, Buxton Brewery are one of the oldest, most established breweries on the list. They’ve had an extra few years fine-tuning their recipes and creating new and exciting beers, and it certainly shows as they are churning out some of the best in the business. Impressive and incredibly enjoyable.
Best Brew 🍺 Motueka – Indian Pale Ale – 5.4%
Craft Beer in Hebden Bridge
Vocation Brewery – Hebden Bridge
Forget following the crowd, these guys are at the forefront blazing the trail. Not only do they make a range of sensational beers, but they nail each and every one. As the name suggests, this isn’t a mere job, this is a vocation, and each member of staff pours their heart and soul into each pint… which might be why they’re so damn good.
Best Brew 🍺 Life & Death IPA – 6.5%