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Top 5 brewery tours
It’s easy to make everyday choices that support Manchester’s independent producers. Why, you could be doing your bit just by ordering a pint. Greater Manchester has over 30 independent breweries and many offer tours. Here's our pick of some of the best.
A trip where visitors can witness the magic of the brewing process, admire new and original brewing equipment, create a own perfect pub guide and much more. Even round off a visit with a delicious homemade lunch or afternoon tea - freshly prepared, using local ingredients.
Allgates Brewery has been operating in Wigan since August 2006. Tours are available Mon-Sat for groups of 15 - 36 people and must be pre-booked. The 20 minute tour covers the building’s history and the brewing process followed by a sampling of their award winning beers. The evening is rounded off in typical Wigan style with ‘pie & peas’ at their local real ale pub The Anvil.
This popular brewery can be found in the picturesque Chew Valley, high on the Pennine Moorlands. They offer brewery tours are once a month, which include a guided tour with their master brewer, 2 pints of their finest and a meat & potato pie supper. Vegetarians are catered for upon request.
Martland Mill Brewery set-up for business in 2014 and since then has blossomed, producing high quality beer and ale from the best quality ingredients. The two and a half hour tour can accommodate between 12 and 36 people, with guests able to enjoy unlimited samples and pour their own pints.
Dunham Massey Brewing Company is a small family run craft brewery on the Dunham estate. They don’t offer formal tours as such but it’s worth a visit if you’re in the area. They have a shop above the micro-brewery which is open 7 days a week. So if they’re not too busy, you can pop your head in to see how it all works before heading upstairs to sample and buy some of their award winning beers.