We’ve been brewing quite a storm since our opening back in 2010 and we haven’t stopped since. Every day is a new day for us to create exciting recipes and experiment with mouth-watering hops, so in this section we will keep you updated with all of our latest micro-brewery news and events. We’ll also let you know when we do exhibitions so you can come and try our new craft beers first.
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)
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.
We have some great and exciting news to share with you!
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.
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!”.
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.
LIMITED EDITION OKTOBERFEST SPECIAL – 5.5% ABV
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
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.
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.”.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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:
Ape & Apple – 28-30 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6HQ
The Abbey – Hard Lane, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6TL
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.
The 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.