Help us end the debate over England's best beer city...
OK, we admit it's not a scientific method to find out the identity of England's best beer city, but the manchester beer week city clash is a unique event combining competition and charity. And we want your help...
This new initiative will see five of England’s best brewing cities face off, in the spirit of friendly competition.
Teams from Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, and London, as well as two from host city Manchester, will create one-off collaboration beers that will be put to a public vote on the opening weekend of this year’s festival to decide which one wins.
All of the beers will be launched at the Summer Beer Thing on Friday June 29, and there will be simultaneous 'suburb' launches at venues in the north, east, south and west of Greater Manchester, as well as venues in each of the other participating cities. Drinkers at these events will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite beer and the winner will claim the unofficial crown of England's best beer city.
But there's also another element to this initiative.
Aided by support from Kegstar, a percentage of profits from each of the beers will be donated to charities in each of the five cities, including the official charity of Manchester Beer Week 2018, Mustard Tree. We'll also be asking for donations from drinkers at each of the launch events to help raise as much money as possible for a range of good causes.
You will be able to vote on your favourite beer by visiting this page from Friday June 29 or by contacting @mcrbeerweek on Twitter while using the appropriate hashtag (which you can find in the team details below.
Leeds (#MBWLdsWins): North Brewing Co, Northern Monk, Kirkstall, Zapato
From Leeds With Love, Hoppy Dortmunder Lager. Leeds is twinned with Dortmund in Germany, and home to the Dortmund Drayman statue. This is a modern interpretation of a Dortmunder, dry hopped with a whole load of Citra.
Liverpool (#MBWLplWins): Mad Hatter, Chapter, Neptune, Top Rope, Gibberish
Scouse Sour, kettle sour with beetroot. Designed to replicate the taste of pickled beetroot, which is a traditional accompaniment to Scouse, a type of stew that Liverpool is famous for.
London (#MBWLdn1Wins): Fourpure, Beavertown, Brew By Numbers, Orbit
London Murk, American pale ale, 5.4% ABV. A zero IBU nostalgic juicy murk bomb. A secret blend of 11 hops, malts and adjuncts, with London Fog yeast adding extra opacity. A nod to the murky juice bombs of London's recent past.
Manchester one (#MBWMcr1Wins): Cloudwater, Track, Runaway, Wander Beyond
Pale and bitter DDH IPA, 6% ABV. Designed to reflect Mancunians' traditional leaning towards 'pale, bitter and hoppy', with golden syrup also added to mimic honey, as a vegan-friendly nod to the Manchester bee.
Manchester two (#MBWMcr2Wins): JW Lees, Marble, Beer Nouveau
Porter, 6.0% ABV. A modern interpretation of a recipe from the JW Lees record books, this full-flavoured porter combines six different malts and three hops, Pilgrim, UK Cascade and Mandarina Bavaria. Designed to be fruity and sweet with a firm bitterness.
Bristol (#MBWBrisWins): Lost and Grounded, Moor Beer Co, Left Handed Giant
Berry Lush, blackcurrant witbier, 4.0% ABV. A nod to the mighty Ribena, which was originally manufactured in Bristol. It uses Pils malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat and rolled oats with 300kg of blackcurrant puree, designed to be tart and refreshing.
Main launch: The Pilcrow's Summer Beer Thing
Manchester north: Bunbury's, Bolton
Manchester east: The Stalybridge Buffet Bar
Manchester south: Reasons to be Cheerful, Burnage
Manchester west: The Northern Type, Eccles
Bristol: Small Bar
Leeds: North Brewing Co
Liverpool: Craft Taproom
London: The Rake