Ale to mark Manchester Beer Week to be brewed by cross-Pennine collaboration

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A limited edition Summer Pale Ale brewed to mark Manchester Beer Week is to be sold in the Co-op. Manchester’s JW Lees brewery, which has been brewing real ales since 1828, and Leeds craft brewery Northern Monk, have put cross-Pennine rivalry to one side to collaborate on the one-off brew. The ale billed as Summer Pale Ale – will appear on draught at venues across Greater Manchester during the festival – which runs from 29 June – 8 July, 2018.

Manchester Beer Week has once again partnered with the Co-op, with bottles of the official beer to be available exclusively at over 50 of the community retailer’s stores across the region for a limited period. The move forms part of the community retailer’s commitment to celebrating and showcasing local food and drink.

Simon Dryell, head of local sourcing at the Co-op, explained: “We are delighted to partner with Manchester Beer Week. Locally brewed ale is an exciting category, where we can see continued sustainable growth as craft ale followers look for something that tastes different, while retaining the passion, history and tradition that goes into brewing quality ales. As a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing what our members and customers want, when and where they need it, and exploring new ways to showcase, celebrate and support great quality locally produced food and drink.”

Michael Lees-Jones, head brewer at JW Lees, said: “Manchester Beer Week is unique, it’s an event that makes really interesting beer things happen for all kinds of breweries. We’ve developed a great recipe with Northern Monk that’ll show off what we’re both about. In a few weeks we’re launching a microbrewery to showcase the art, skill and fun of brewing. Collaborating with breweries like Northern Monk, Marble and Beer Nouveau gives you a ‘flavour’ of what it’s all about.” Manchester Beer Week organizer, Connor Murphy, said: “While some people might question why a brewery from Leeds is helping to brew the official beer of Manchester Beer Week, we saw this as a great opportunity to foster collaboration between two great beer cities.

This year we are looking to highlight the great things happening throughout the UK’s independent brewing industry. Northern Monk are currently one of the shining lights in the North, and we were excited to see what happened when we paired them up with Manchester’s oldest family-owned brewery.”