Created in the 1974 shuffle Greater Manchester is made up of Manchester, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside, Wigan and Salford. It is the second most populous area in the UK. The area has been settled since the Iron Age with early signs of Celts and Brigantes. During the Middle Ages the area was known as Salfordshire, a division of the ancient county of Lancashire. Settlements quickly grew around cloth manufacture initially with home grown materials then more importantly the import of cotton. Massive growth was undertaken during the Industrial Revolution and the creation of the Manchester Ship Canal which took trade inland and away from Merseyside, creating an everlasting rivalry between the areas.
Greater Manchester continues to be an important area for manufacturing of many trades including the production of beers. It is the area that starts way up on the west side of the Pennines then falling to the Cheshire plain with the River Mersey being an important part of the areas development. Greater Manchester receives some of the highest rainfall levels in England. The area is important for sport and entertainment with many Football teams within the area and the Test Match ground of Old Trafford also many musical and Music Hall talents have come from the area over the years.
On Ratebeer we have a rather considerable 120 Breweries showing, 78 still active and 42 closed. 18 of these are Client / Commissioner breweries.
The oldest brewery we are showing is Strangeways Brewery of Manchester (Est 1785) which unfortunately closed in 2005. This was the home of Boddingtons, which took an all too familiar route of buy outs and cost reductions and is now produced on a small scale elsewhere. There are a number of well-established breweries in the area still going with J.W Lees of Middleton (Est 1828), Robinsons of Stockport (Est 1838), Joseph Holt of Manchester (Est 1849) and Hydes brewery of Salford (Est 1863).
In the 2020 Ratebeer awards the Best Brewery award went to Cloudwater Brew Co of Manchester (Est 2015). Their beer Cloudwater The Realest won Beer of the Year. There was an award for best New Brewery which went to Twisted Wheel Brew Co who have since moved out to Cheshire.
The Brewery with the largest range in the area is Cloudwater Brew Co. where we have 860 beers listed.
The Top 10 Beers for Greater Manchester are –
- Cloudwater My Continuous Improvement
- Cloudwater The Realest
- Cloudwater DIPA – v13 R
- Cloudwater NWDIPA Citra R
- Cludwater DIPA v3 R
- Cloudwater Birthday DIPA R
- Cloudwater NW DIPA Citra Amarillo R
- Cloudwater DDH IPA Citra R
- Cloudwater NW DIPA Ekuanot
- Cloudwater / Other Half Tremendous Ideas R
The whole of the top 50 beers are Cloudwater which is remarkable given how many decent Breweries are in the area.
Top Bars and Pubs for Greater Manchester are –
- Port Street Beer House, Manchester – 97
- Beermoth, Manchester – 96
- Café Beermoth, Manchester – 95
- Marble Arch Inn, Manchester – 95
- Cloudwater Brew Co, Manchester – 93
- Cloudwater Unit 9 Taproom, Manchester – 91
- Magnet Freehouse, Stockport – 91
The Top 5 Raters of beers from Manchester are –
You will require a rather hefty 235 beers to get into the Top 50 for the area.
The Top Rater who resides in Greater Manchester is –
@Trolleo who happily is still rating with us.