Head to Co-op for our official beer

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Official beer captures spirit of cooperation

The values of collaboration and cooperation are key to the ethos of Manchester Beer Week.

We believe the best chance our city’s beer scene has to thrive is by helping people – whether brewers, publicans, drinkers or other businesses – to work together in pursuit of a common goal.

Our official beer in year one captured this approach, by getting Manchester’s oldest brewery, JW Lees, to work with one of the brightest modern breweries, Cloudwater Brew Co.

This year, we’ve taken it a step further and involved an organisation that embodies the spirit of cooperation better than any other.

Community retailer, Co-op, has teamed up with Blackjack Brewery, to create a bold new beer that underlines its commitment to working with local producers.

The 3.5% ABV ‘breakfast’ pale ale, uses British hops Admiral and Minstrel as well as leftover fruit from the production of Co-op’s own brand yoghurts by Yeo Valley. It has also been brewed with oats and lactose, to create a twist on the British morning favourite, porridge.

This new brew will be available in cask and keg at participating venues during the festival, and bottles will also be exclusively available in 39 Co-op stores across the North West.

Richard Dennett, Senior Buyer for beer and cider at Co-op said: “We are absolutely delighted to have teamed up with a local brewery to create this special ale for Manchester Week. 2016 was a big year for Co-op as we invested in building our local sourcing strategy for beer and pioneered regional ranging in convenience and this is another example of our continued support.

“There are so many great producers in Manchester and we are proud to support an event which showcases them all and celebrates the great beer of the city.”

The beer will be available in the following Co-op stores:

  • Adlington - Bolton Road
  • Ainsdale
  • Ambleside
  • Angel Square
  • Askam
  • Barton Road
  • Billinge
  • Blackpool - Victoria Road East
  • Bowness
  • Bromley Cross
  • Brooklands
  • Chorlton - Wilbraham Road
  • Church Street - Orrell
  • Corporation Street
  • Dairyground Road
  • Didsbury
  • Edgeley
  • Ellenbrook
  • Fylde Rd
  • Grange Over Sands
  • Green Quarter - Cypress Place
  • Hawkley Hall
  • Hulme, Birley Fields
  • Ladybarn
  • Lees
  • Liverpool - Lark Lane
  • Manchester - High Street
  • Mile Lane
  • Milnrow
  • Moor Road
  • Moorside Oldham
  • Mossley
  • Parr Lane - Bury
  • Princess Parkway
  • Royton - Rochdale Road
  • Salford -Chapel Street
  • Shevington
  • Standish
  • Stockport - Wellington Road
  • Tottington
  • Upholland
  • Waterloo
  • Westhoughton
  • Whalley Range
  • Windermere
  • Winstanley New
  • Withington - Copson Street
  • Worsley Rd