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.
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.
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.