Bootleg Brewing Co Open Day for Manchester Beer Week

Written by Craig Potter

We are opening our micro-brewery on Saturday 30th June in the launch of Manchester Beer Week, where Stef Occhi, Bootleg Head Brewer will brew one of our famous beers. This is an exclusive chance to see how we brew, with opportunities to taste the malt we use, smell the hops and see the yeast. Furthermore, you’ll have the chance to meet and speak to our Head Brewer; Stef Occhi to discover how we brew our refreshing and award-winning beers. The event is free to attend at the Horse & Jockey pub in Chorlton between the hours of 11am – 2.30pm. (No ticket is required)

Bootleg Brewing Co Open Day Event for Manchester Beer Week 2018.
Bootleg Brewing Co Open Day Event for Manchester Beer Week 2018.

As part of your brewery tour/visit, you will be kindly offered a complimentary *half pint of Spin Doctor or Urban Fox beer. Simply inform a member of staff that you are there for the Bootleg Open Day event to claim your complimentary half pint.

T&C’s: Only open to 18+. *Cannot be exchanged for any other product or for cash. Non-transferrable and complimentary pint has no monetary value. Subject to availability and whilst stocks last.

Bootleg Launches Beer Cans and Wins Silver at the 2018 Independent SIBA Awards

Written by Craig Potter

We have some great and exciting news to share with you!

American IPA - Silver Award from SIBA
American IPA – Silver Award from SIBA 2018

Due to the huge success of our keg and bottle version of Spin Doctor beer, we are thrilled to announce for the first time we have canned our premium indie lager.  Spin Doctor lager has the glorious aromas of Ella and Summer Australian hops. Ella brings light, fruity, gently herbal notes which blend perfectly with the balanced melon and peach characteristics of Summer hops. It’s certainly a refreshingly different spin on lager and perfect for the warmer months in Manchester.

Our excitement does not stop there, as well as adding to our large range of products, we have also won a SILVER award at the recent Independent Beer SIBA Awards in the North West, Keg Premium Bitters & Pale Ales category.  To celebrate our Silver award win from SIBA, we also canned American IPA – our latest beer that’s been a big hit with beer drinkers in our beloved city. The American IPA is a crisp, smooth, pale ale, packed with juicy American hops.  A big IPA with big New World flavours!

The cans are perfect for outdoor beer garden sessions and offer a new refreshing way to enjoy our delicious beers! The beer cans are available at the Horse & Jockey pub in Chorlton as well as at selected pubs and bottle shops across the North West.

Spin Doctor and American IPA Beer Cans.

Bootleg Brewing Co. Head Brewer; Stef Occhi commented; “This is an exciting time for our brewery and I am absolutely delighted that we now have two fantastic beers available in cans. It is both a joy and a pleasure to see something that was developed at our 3-barrell plant in the Horse & Jockey pub be turned into cans – just in time for Summer! We hope our customers and first-time triers enjoy the beers!”.

Get crafty this Christmas with our seasonal beers!

Written by Craig Potter

Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones who’ve been busy this year! Our Head Brewer, Stef Occhi has carefully crafted two tasty festive beers for you to enjoy over the Christmas holidays.

We’ve got our popular Christmas No.1 which is a dark richly roasted spiced beer back for your enjoyment, it’s naughty and nice with a hint of spice.

Bootleg Christmas No.1 Beer
Bootleg Christmas No.1 Beer

To try this beer; visit the following pubs:

Crown & Anchor – Manchester City Centre
Marsh Mill Tavern – Thorton-Cleveleys
Friendship – Prestwich
Horse & Jockey – Chorlton-Cum-Hardy
Edington Arms – Hindley, Nr Wigan
The Griffin – Heald Green
Railway (B) – Buxton
Platform 5 – Cheadle Hulme
Fairway Inn – New Moston
Bluebell (M) – Moston
Brooklyn – Bolton


Bootleg Mistletoe Christmas Beer
Bootleg Mistletoe Christmas Beer

Our limited edition, Mistletoe beer is a pale festive ale, brewed with oranges, cardamom and cloves – a warm and juicy winter beer!

Enjoy this beer at the following pubs:

Friendship – Prestwich
Norfolk Arms – Glossop
Old Monkey – Manchester City Centre
Bluebell (BB) – Bury
Horse & Jockey – Chorlton-Cum-Hardy
Edington Arms – Hindley, Nr Wigan
Spread Eagle – Chorlton-Cum-Hardy
Chapel House – Denton
Clock Tower – Northwich
Marsh Mill Tavern – Thorton-Cleveleys
Wilton Arms – Radcliffe
Richmond – Southport
Ape & Apple – Manchester City Centre
Eagle & Child – Whitefield
Angel – Knutsford
The Griffin – Heald Green
Railway (B) – Buxton
Brooklyn – Bolton
Railway Inn – Didsbury
Fiveways – Hazel Grove
Roebuck – Urmston

As much as we support responsible drinking this time of year, tis’ is also the season to get tipsy! Have a great Christmas to all our Bootleggers!

Oktoberfest Beer by Bootleg

Written by Denny

We love beer and to celebrate one of the world’s oldest and most famous festivals; Oktoberfest! We decided to create you something wickedly refreshing and traditional to the bavarian style.


Oktoberfest beer
Oktoberfest beer

Oktoberfest Special is a full body lager with a rich malt flavour served in traditional casks which makes this limited edition quite a unique product.

The flavour is complex and elegant with a satisfying aftertaste. Bitterness is medium to balance the malt sweetness. This beer is delightful when paired with meat dishes and sausages or bratwurst in particular, but it is great also on its own to enjoy during the autumn and winter months.

The pubs stocking this beer are:

  • Platform 5 – 47 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7AA
  • Park Inn Swinton – 135 Worsley Road, Swinton, Manchester, M27 5SP
  • Abbey – Hard Lane, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6TL
  • Friendship – Scholes Lane, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 0PD
  • Crown and Anchor – 6 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ
  • Roebuck – Church Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 6HD
  • Railway Buxton – Bridge Street, Buxton, SK17 6BS
  • Richmond – 234 Scarisbrick New Road, Southport, PR8 5HL
  • Legh Arms – 178 Northernden Road, Sale Moor, Sale, M33 2SR
  • Old Monkey – 90 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 4GX


Bootleg Brewing Co. Brews Fresh Green Hops Beer!

Written by Denny

We are thrilled to announce our Green Hops Beer that was recently grown fresh from the rooftops of Horse & Jockey pub where our micro-brewery is based has been harvested and fermented to create a new autumn beer.

Stefano Occhi pouring Green Hop Ale
Stef Occhi pouring a pint of Green Hop Ale.

The beer is a single hopped pale ale and has been named Chorlton Green Hop paying homage to the way it’s been brewed. As most hops are dried before use, whereas our method has been to pick the hops, and use straight away. This unique ale uses fresh Centennial hops directly from the bine to maximise the beer’s aroma giving floral and lemony scents that derives from centennial hops, it is light in colour, refreshing and full of taste.

We had the pleasure of showcasing this new limited edition beer, at our exclusive Green Hop Tasting event at the Horse & Jockey, towards the end of September – it went down a treat! The beer received positive feedback from all who drank it – some of the most discerning beer drinkers – so we’re delighted that it got the big thumbs up!

Bootleg Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer; Stefano Occhi added “I would like to thank everyone who came to our Green Hop Tasting event, and it was great to receive such positive feedback for the beer. I have enjoyed brewing this beer as it gave me the opportunity to grow our own hops that we then used for the beer – giving the beer a soft, floral and refreshing taste like no other.”.

Try our new freshly-grown green hops beer at:

  1. Crown & Anchor, Manchester City Centre
  2. Norfolk Arms, Glossop
  3. Eagle & Child, Whitefield
  4. The Park, Monton Village in Eccles
  5. Roebuck, Urmston
  6. Woodthorpe, Prestwich
  7. Abbey, St Helens
  8. Marsh Mill Tavern, Thornton-Cleveleys
  9. Imperial, Southport
  10. Goats Gate, Whitefield
  11. Friendship, Prestwich
  12. Lord Nelson, Urmston

Bootleg Brewing Co – See our homegrown hops

Written by Denny

It may seem that we’ve been fairly quiet in the last few months which makes this the perfect time to share with you that our Head Brewer, Stef Occhi has been carefully growing our very own Centennial hops since April 2017.

For those who visited us for our Home Brew Competition back in June and Manchester Beer Week event in July will have had an exclusive look at our hops on the roof-top of the Horse & Jockey pub in Chorlton, which is where our micro-brewery is based.

Horse and Jockey Pub in Chorlton

The Centennial hops is an American variety. It is a historic hop, bred in the seventies and very popular among craft breweries in the US. It is one of the 3Cs (Cascade, Centennial and Columbus), the three hops that have driven the US craft beer revolution from the 80’s to modern day. It is a dual purpose variety (could be used both for bittering and aroma).  Head Brewer, Stef Occhi chose this variety because it is supposed to be quite resistant to fungal diseases, this is very important with the wet weather of Manchester. The hops have a very pleasant flavour profile and one that we are very keen to try for ourselves as brewing a beer with home-grown hops will give a unique flavour; the idea is to use the hop fresh as soon as they are picked off the bine, normally hops are dried for longer storage.  So this will definitely be a rare and exciting treat for beer lovers and drinkers to try.

The idea to grow our own hops was thought up by our talented and not-afraid to think outside of the box Head Brewer; Stef Occhi who has a background in agricultural sciences and used to work as a plant breeder and thus likes the grow your own approach. Hopefully, we can claim to be the only micro-brewery in Manchester and the North West where we’ve grown our own hops for brewing. Which is pretty remarkable considering the weather conditions, if you take a look at the pictures you’ll see they are growing beautifully and we cannot wait until they mature in September for harvesting.

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So watch this space and join us on Facebook and Twitter where we will be posting regular updates of the hops and our brewing process – up to the point where we will serve the beer at our Green Hops Beer Launch event and have the first taste of our hard graft with all our Bootleggers!

Bootleg Brewery Tour of the Green Hops  img_4621

Bootleg Brewing Co launches homebrew competition for Manchester collaboration

Written by Denny

Every brewer knows nothing tastes more satisfying than one you created yourself!… with that mind, we at Bootleg Brewing Co wanted to find a homebrewer to collaborate with for the Chorlton Beer Festival and our first partnering with Manchester Beer Week.  To achieve this we ran a competition to find a second Bootleg brewer for the day. The winner would get to brew commercially with us and we would enter this beer into Chorlton and MBW. On top of this, the winning beer will also be sold in bars and pubs throughout Manchester and the North West.

We set out the brief for the homebrew competition, stipulating that we wanted an Anglo American Beer tying the two countries relations and unearthing the love for the art form of brewing beer.

Picture of Bootleg Brewing Co Homebrew competition judges
Picture 1 L-R: Barry Jones – Rankin Brothers & Sons, Caz O’Donnell – CAMRA Representative, Beverly Gobbet – CAMRA Representative, Stef Occhi – Head Brewer of Bootleg Brewing Co, Connor Murphy – Founder of MBW, Mark Welsby – Co-owner and Head Brewer of Runaway Brewery, Ian Bearpark – Owner and head brewer of Bearpark Brewery, Jamie Ranshaw – Murphy’s & Sons and Ben Jones – Brewer at Joseph Holt Brewery

We received a wide range of entries for the competition from all over Greater Manchester, and had the pleasure of some expert brewers, CAMRA officials and beer aficionados in the brewing industry to judge our homebrew competition. These were Connor Murphy – Founder of Manchester Beer Week, Mark Welsby – Co-owner and head brewer of Runaway Brewery, Ian Bearpark – Owner and head brewer of Bearpark Brewery, Jamie Ramshaw from Murphy’s and Sons, Barry Jones – Rankin Brothers and Sons , Caz O’Donnell and Beverly Gobbet representatives from CAMRA, Ben Jones – Brewer at Joseph Holt and our very own Bootleg Head Brewer, Stef Occhi.

As this was our first Homebrew competition, we wanted to hold an awards ceremony and Bootleg Party after the judging to announce the winner and celebrate our homebrew winner.  Both judging and the awards ceremony took place early June at the Horse & Jockey in Chorlton. The awards party was a big success and we were delighted with the Judge’s decision to crown Craig Reay who created Brew Camp, a 4.4% fruity pale ale with a light English malt bill that’s refreshing on the tongue with hints of mango and citrus from USA hops. The 2nd place winner was Rob Thornborough with his American Pale Ale named Special Relations and 3rd place was Alex Pembroke’s Porter also called Special Relationship.

Bootleg Homebrew competition winner, Craig Reay with Brew Camp beer
Picture 2: Craig Reay, Winner of Bootleg Homebrew Competition with his Pale Ale – Brew Camp.

Craig Reay, Homebrew winner commented “Brewing for me usually takes place in the late evening with the family in bed, work behind me, a beer in hand and it’s peaceful. An escape from a chaotic world if you will. After a few years honing my brewing knowledge, skills and recipes I wanted to focus on competitions this year. In truth, I wasn’t expecting to win as I know many of the homebrewers across Manchester are very good brewers. Having never won a competition before I was beaming with pride when I was announced as the winner. The Bootleg Brewing Co competition highlight is going to be brewing my own recipe commercially. Seeing a beer you created served across a bar is the greatest recognition a homebrewer can achieve.”.

Second place winner, Rob Thornborough also added “Many people are attracted to home brewing by headline claims that it costs “40p per pint”, but in my case that per pint cost continues to increase as I invest better equipment and the best quality ingredients home brewers can purchase. Thankfully the Bootleg homebrew competition has helped recover some of those costs through beer prizes! A fantastically well run homebrew comp by a small brewery making delicious craft beers, thanks Stef and team!”.

The beer is currently being brewed at our micro-brewery with Head Brewer Stef Occhi and Craig Reay with plans to release the beer for June 23rd. The beer will be made available at Chorlton’s Beer Festival, Manchester Beer Week venues and some selected pubs across Greater Manchester.

Beers will be available from late June so to try this tasty homebrew creation, visit any of the pubs listed below:

Horse & Jockey – The Green, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9HS

Roebuck – 2 Church Street, Flixton, Manchester, M41 6HD

Fiveways – Macclesfield Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 6BE

Platform 5 – 47 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7AA

Railway, Didsbury – 3 Lapwing Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2NT

Brooklyn – Green Lane, Bolton, BL3 2EF

Crown & Anchor – 6 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ

To view pictures from the event, click here to visit our Facebook page.

Copper Body – Crisp and Refreshing Copper Ale

Written by Denny

Try our new seasonal beer; Copper Body! It’s a deep copper coloured ale that is full and fruity, brewed with Amber and Crystal malt with fruity resinous admiral hops.

Our Head Brewer; Stef Occhi added “The admiral hops used in this beer gives a crisp, refreshing bitterness that makes it a great session beer that will be sure to delight your tastebuds!“.

You can try this new tasty beer from all the pubs listed below across Manchester and one near our doorstep in Chorlton from the 10th May.

Copper Body Beer

  • Abbey – Hard Lane, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6TL
  • Atherton Arms – 6 Tyldesley Road, Atherton, Manchester, M46 9DD
  • Blue Bell Bury – 840 Manchester Road, Blackford Bridge, Bury, BL9 8DW
  • Brooklyn – Green Lane, Bolton, BL3 2EF
  • Chapel House – 145 Stockport Road, Denton, Manchester, M34 6AQ
  • Crown Horwich – 1 Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7QJ
  • Crown & Anchor – 6 Cateaton Street, Manchester, M3 1SQ
  • Legh Arms – 178 Northernden Road, Sale Moor, Sale, M33 2SR
  • Marsh Mill Tavern – Marsh Mill Village, Fleetwood Road, North Thornton-Cleveleys, FY5 4JZ
  • Morning Star – 520 Manchester Road, Swinton, Manchester, M27 9QW
  • P5 at Cheadle Hulme – 47 Station Road, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7AA
  • Railway Inn (Didsbury) – 3 Lapwing Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2NT
  • Spread Eagle – 526/528 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9LD
  • Wyldes – 4 Bolton Street, Bury, Lancs, BL9 0LQ

Snifter – Our Easter Chocolate Porter Treat

Written by Denny

To celebrate Easter, we’ve created a special Chocolate Porter (just for the adults) to indulge this Easter holidays.

Our Chocolate Porter is a rich and roasted 4.4% ABV beer with a balanced malty sweetness. Delicately hopped with Styrian Goldings and decadently finished with an addition of cacao to the fermenter for that chocolatey aroma taste.

You can enjoy this Easter treat at the following pubs across Manchester:

Bootleg Snifter - Chocolate Porter

The Bootleg Brewing Co are looking for a second brewer for the day!

Written by Denny

The Bootleg Brewing Co team are brewing some beer in honour of Chorlton Beer Festival and Manchester Beer Week in June and we want to do it as a Collaboration with a Home Brewer. The beer will be brewed in time for the Festival / Manchester Beer Week at our brewery in Chorlton, Manchester at The Horse and Jockey Pub.

Bootleg Home Brew CompetitionThe winner of the Home Brew competition will brew their recipe on a commercial scale with Stef Occhi, Head Brewer for Bootleg. The winning beer will be fermented at the Brewery and then racked into Casks. This will be drunk at Chorlton Beer Festival, Manchester Beer Week and sold through selected pubs in Manchester. On top of that, we at The Bootleg Brewing Co will also bottle some of your beer for you to take home. Please name your beer with your entry and The Bootleg Brewing Co will even design a pump clip for the winner.

We at Bootleg are loving what’s happening in the Brewing World at present. That is why we want to set you a challenge.  We don’t just want to set a style of beer, we want you to tell us a story and create a work of art. We are therefore looking for an Anglo American Beer. This can be English Style / American Hops or English Malt / American Rice. Anything that combines these two countries in a beer can enter the competition. (See the full home-brew-competion-entry-details)

The Home Brew competition will be judged by a panel of experienced and respected judges at a tasting in June. We will then hold an Awards Ceremony at the Horse and Jockey and throw a Bootleg worthy party for all entrants.

To enter, please register at for your chance to have your special brew enjoyed by thousands across Manchester!

Some key dates to note:

  • When do I need to register by? 6th May 2017
  • When does my Home Brew entry need to be brewed and submitted by? 29th May 2017
  • When will the winning beer be brewed? Saturday 10th June

We can’t wait to taste your creations.

Happy Brewing!