The Heineken Manchester brewery

The Heineken Manchester brewery

April 8, 2016 – Beer lovers will be given a unique opportunity to see inside Manchester’s largest brewery, the historic HEINEKEN brewery, this summer.

The Princess Road landmark, formerly known as the Royal Brewery, will throw open its doors for two exclusive tours on Friday, June 10 to mark the beginning of Manchester Beer Week.

Beer has been brewed on the site since 1875, when it was opened as the Albert Brewery, and it has since produced iconic brands such as Red Tower, Harp and McEwan’s.

The brewery became known as the Royal Brewery when it was renamed to honour a visit by King Edward VII in 1907. It was renamed The Red Tower Lager Brewery in 1933 until being purchased by Scottish Brewers in 1957.

The Royal Brewery in 1961

The Royal Brewery in 1961

Rapid expansion occurred in the 1960s to cope with demand for Harp Lager, which was brewed on the site, and the current brewhouse was constructed in 1970. Now owned and operated by HEINEKEN, the Manchester brewery is responsible for brewing three million pints a day, including famous beers Foster’s and Kronenbourg 1664.

Normally, the general public are not allowed inside the brewery, but special access has been granted to visitors as part of Manchester Beer Week, which is Manchester’s first city-wide beer festival. The tours will provide a unique insight into operations at one of the world's biggest brewers.

The delivery yard at the Royal Brewery in 1984

The delivery yard at the Royal Brewery in 1984

Manchester Beer Week organiser Connor Murphy said: “It’s a major coup for us to gain access to HEINEKEN’s brewery as part of Manchester Beer Week. It has been a huge part of Manchester’s brewing scene for more than 140 years. “Manchester Beer Week is about celebrating every element of the city’s beer scene. We will be running a number of events at pubs, bars, restaurants and breweries across the city, which will celebrate fantastic products from local producers. But the tours of the HEINEKEN brewery will offer an entirely different perspective, showing visitors how things work at the biggest, most recognisable brewery in the region.”

Tickets for the tours will cost £10, with all proceeds donated to HEINEKEN’s chosen charity Addaction. Each tour will be limited to 10 places, with one taking place at 10.30am and the other at 1pm on Friday, June 10. Tickets can be purchased via DesignMyNight.

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