Last weekend Canal Mills once again played host to its annual craft beer festival, the Brewers Market. Now in its second year, the 2 day event saw the Mill take on a very different form from the warehouse space more accustomed to holding all night parties.
There was more than enough choice when it came to the variety of beers themselves. Partner breweries included both local and a few international names described as the ‘best & most progressive in the UK, plus a few internationals’.
The venue itself had undergone a transformation with pop-up bars providing various Gins and Whiskeys on what is usually the staging area and plenty of seating on the dance floor, and the bars themselves situated around the edge, ensuring there was more than enough room to enjoy the selection of beers and bring a real atmosphere to the place on what was a cold, rainy night.
Representing the south of the UK were the guys from London's Fivepoints Brewery and Fourpure Brewery. Both bringing with them a wonderful selection of beers to choose from. We opted to try out Fourpure’s ‘Red Rye Session IPA’, sold to us as a ‘great autumnal beer’ which seemed fitting.
Hailing from the north of the UK, Northumbria’s Wylam Brewery, Liverpool’s Liverpool Craft Brewery and Leeds’ very own Northern Monk. While Wylam’s and Liverpool Craft were both situated in the main room alongside the other breweries and pop-ups, Northern Monk had been given free reign over what is usually the second room. With promise of a refectory style environment, we ventured over to see what the market’s local selection had to offer.
In a similar style to the main room, there was a seating area laid out for people drink, eat, chat, and generally have a good time. The selection of beers didn't disappoint either, a personal favourite being the ‘Chennai’ - a dark beer with coffee and chocolate undertones. Also on offer in the second room was food courtesy of the ‘Grub & Grob Shop’, a ping pong table and, addictively, retro Fifa on an old SNES.
The final partner brewery came all the way from across the pond and landed in the form of the Brooklyn Brewery. A favourite amongst many, the guys brought with them a few of their not so well known beers such as the 7.2% ’Sorachi Ace’ and their ‘American Ale’.
Where there is beer there should also be food. Aside from the crumpets available inside there were several choices of street food outside. Boozy Q BBQ, Fish&, Mac Shac, Manjit’s Kitchen and Pizza Fella all served up their unique take on fast food and provided a much needed antidote to all the beer guzzling that had gone before.
All in all a great night for any beer lover, good beer, good food and a great atmosphere. Just what was needed now the days are growing ever shorter and the temperatures start to dip outside.