About Us


Bootleg Brewing Co. started brewing in 2010, housed in the heart of Chorlton at the Horse & Jockey pub. The micro-brewery was converted from the shell of the tower where the old disused brewery once stood and still remains there to this day.

From our first brew in 2010, one of our craft creations Contraband was awarded Silver at the Bury Beer Festival where it won the Beer of The Festival category in November 2010.

As strong supporters of real ale and knowing from our own experience how important it is to keep the craft alive, we sponsor several festivals throughout the year. These include Stockport Beer Festival and our very own Chorlton Beer Festival.


The Horse & Jockey pub has been a staple in Chorlton since the 1800’s. We’re proud to brew our beer surrounded by such history.


Bootleg Brewing Co. Beers offers a refreshing range of golden, amber and dark ales that are distinct and deeply satisfying.

Joseph Holt main brewery red brick building in Manchester

The Bootleg Brewing Co. family is now part of one of Manchester’s finest breweries, Joseph Holt.

Since our humble beginnings, we have now expanded our range with new craft beers that include: Urban Fox, Fool’s Gold, Black Market, Chorlton Pale Ale and our recently remastered premium indie lager, Spin Doctor.