Summer Beer Thing

Summer Beer Thing 2018

You are invited to Sadler’s Yard this June at the opening of Manchester Beer Week for the Summer Beer Thing 2, a three-day Summer celebration of the best beers that the North has to offer.

Makers of
Indy Man Beer ConPort Street Beer HouseCloudwater and The Pilcrow combine for the second year running to deliver Summer Beer Thing. Pilcrow’s Summer Beer Thing will present examples of the very best beer styles from the North West’s (and beyond) bristling brewery scene. Expect to find 60+ beers pouring at any one session with a whopping 200+ lined up for over the duration. The full beer lineup and running order can be found HERE

The Pilcrow will be the nerve centre of Summer Beer Thing with the expansive doorstep of Sadler’s Yard housing a marquee of cherry picked craft beers, gin, prosecco and street food. Beers will be grouped together in style categories, with bars focused on pouring the best pale ales, IPAs, fruit, sour beers and much more. The emphasis will be on freshness and perfect Summer pairings. A showcase of what’s happening in your own back yard…in Sadler’s Yard. 

With food from Honest Crust pizza, Common Kitchen (burgers from NQ mainstay, Common), Vaso Kitchen, and Shoot The Bull, Summer Beer Thing will be a sprawling showcase of the finest food and drink in the land. 



Frequently asked Summer Beer Thing Questions.

What beers are on and when? 

Our comprehensive running order list will be announced closer to the event. There will be signs up on the site and online with this info as well as beer boards behind the bar showing what’s on at that moment. Save these pics to your phone to have them readily available in your pocket.

What happens when I arrive?

You’ll show your advance ticket on your mobile device or print out at the entrance and be given a Summer Beer Thing glass. If you haven't got an advance ticket, fear not! There will be tickets available on the door.

What’s the deal with beer tokens?

Beers at Summer Beer Thing will be served in 1/3 pint measures. Our preferred measure for tasting beers at festivals. Every beer at Summer Beer Thing will be one token price. One token = one third. Of anything.

The price of one beer is based upon the average cost of beer across the festival. Once we pick our beers we can price our tokens.

Tokens will be available for purchase on arrival at Summer Beer Thing. We accept cash or card. To speed up the process we suggest cash but card machines will be available. 

Will tickets be available on the door?

Yes, there will be walk up tickets on the door at each session. 

Can I leave once I’m in? 

Why would you want to go anywhere else? Given these are long 11 hour sessions (on the Friday and Saturday, 12pm-8pm on the Sunday) we anticipate that you may need to duck out. You will be given a wristband on arrival and you can come and go as you please at your session.

What if I don’t like beer?

You’ve come to the right place! No really. The Pilcrow will be carrying its usual range of excellent cider, wine, spirits, hot and soft drinks as well as an outside gin bar hosted by Manchester Three Rivers Gin.

Do I need a wristband to get into the Pilcrow during Summer Beer Thing? 

You ask all the right questions don’t you! No. The Pilcrow will be open to the public as normal throughout Summer Beer Thing. Plus, you will be able to pay cash OR tokens for beers at the bar. Non-beers will be non-token, strictly speaking.

What if it rains? 

We'll be a bit sad but it doesn't really matter as the bars at Summer Beer Thing will be under cover in a giant marquee! You'll be protected from the elements under a large roof in the spacious oasis of Sadler's Yard. 

I’m hungry? 

Yes. You will find food vendors throughout Summer Beer Thing. Honest Crust (pizza), Common Kitchen, Vaso Kitchen (Indian Street food) and Shoot The Bull (steak & burgers) will be serving up food from midday at every session. Food vendors will all take cash, not beer tokens. Some food vendors will accept card but it is advisable to come prepared with cash.

Can kids come? 

Children are welcome during the day accompanied by a guardian but no children after 7pm, please. Same goes for dogs. Not that kids and dogs are the same but the same rules apply. 

Volunteer at Summer Beer Thing

Be it pouring beer, assisting with the running of the event, manning token and merch desks, or just being a helpful friendly face ~ your participation would be greatly appreciated. 

Summer Beer Thing promises to be a tip-top world-class showcase of beer with the finest street food, entertainment and day-long outdoor fun. We are looking to recruit kindly volunteers throughout Pilcrow’s Summer Beer Thing, and also in the days either side to help with the production of the event and the close down. 

The dates we looking for help are Wednesday 27th June - Monday 2nd July 2018. In return for your time, each volunteer will be given free entry to a Summer Beer Thing session of their choice, beer tokens to spend, and a Summer Beer Thing t-shirt.

Should this spike your interest levels, please get in touch with us closer to the time below or check in here for updates.

Fill in the survey and let us know you availability:

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We hope you can join us and be a part of the  Pilcrow’s Summer Beer Thing 2.


Work in trade?

We will offer a FREE session to anyone who works in the beer industry on Sunday 1st July. Whether you sell it, brew it or review it! Simply email us at using a trade email (numbers are limited to 2 passes per email)