Manchester brewery joins new neighbours Great North Pie Co

It’s all coming up Kampus this Spring. Earlier this week we reported on the opening of the new Great North Pie Co pie and mash cafe coming to Little David Street, the quaint cobbled street that leads into the Kampus courtyard. 

Now it’s the turn of Manchester brewery Cloudwater, which has announced it will be joining the likes of fellow indies General Store, Nell’s, The Beeswing and Pollen.

We're looking forward to joining the community at Kampus, which already includes a number of outstanding independent operators who are a major credit to our city.

Cloudwater will bring a flagship beer hall to the hip neighbourhood that borders the gay village, with a 3,798 space set to open in Spring this year. The beer hall which will take up the ground floor of the former Victorian shipping warehouse Minshull House will include an outdoor seating area looking out over the greenery of the Kampus courtyard and on the other side of the building looking towards Chorlton Street.

There will also inevitably be beer. So much great beer.

The Kampus Bungalow Near Canal Street In Manchester Which Is Currently Home To The Tine Popup Who Are Serving A Special Menu During The Manchester Food And Drink Festival
Kampus is shaping up nicely with plenty of new food and drink operators coming this year Image: Confidentials

Big names on Kampus

Cloudwater has already teased that its new central Manchester space will be multi-functional but full details remain guarded. As well as a 3°c cold store and full tap wall, the venue will a feature a kitchen, serving local and seasonal food, as well as event spaces. The beer hall will serve as an all-day venue with a lunch and workspace vibe in the day time turning into drinks, food and events in the evening.

The Kampus beerhouse will be the brewery’s biggest site to date and third taproom venture in Manchester after the Sadler’s Cat pub in the Green Quarter and Unit 9 taproom in Back Piccadilly.

2020 08 04 Breweries Paul Jones
Paul Jones of Cloudwater Image: Cloudwater

Paul Jones, co-founder of Cloudwater, said:

"We're looking forward to joining the community at Kampus, which already includes a number of outstanding independent operators who are a major credit to our city. Manchester means so much to us - far more than simply acting as our home city, it provides us with inspiration, feeds our creative energy and informs our values. So we're proud to be able to open another venue in the city, especially one neighbouring Canal Street, which has long been a vital part of the city's nightlife."

Adam Higgins from Kampus developers Capital&Centric, said:

“Cloudwater are a perfect fit for us, a homegrown indie business who’ve made good with their world-class beers, helping put Manchester brewing on the map. It’s amazing that they’ve chosen Kampus for their biggest venture yet and we can’t wait to see what they will deliver. Every neighbourhood needs a good boozer and we just know it’ll be one of the friendliest, most inviting places in the city to kick back and enjoy a beer in the garden.”

A Bartender In A Mask Pulls A Draft Beer At Sadlers Cat The New Pub From Cloudwater In Manchester
Cloudwater's pub Sadler's Cat opened last year in the old Pilcrow site Image: Confidentials

New year, new releases

Whilst the deets of the new Cloudwater spot remain, well, cloudy, the brewery has shared news of three new January alcohol-free soda specials which will revisit some of the brewery’s favourite collaborations, right on time for resolution season.

Working in collaboration with Tim Anderson, Masterchef winner and chef at London’s Nanban, Cloudwater has created an Earl Grey & Yuzu soda which matches tart yuzu with floral bergamot and the pithy citrus of Ahtanum hops. Closer to home, a collaboration with Bundobust has resulted in the reimagining of a former collab, the Spiced Fruit Chaat. Tropical and fruity, with a slight kick of chilli, the sour infusion of mango, pineapple and passionfruit packs salinity, cumin seeds and mosaic hops.

Cloudwaters Blossom Soda A Collaboration With The Queer Brewing Project And Available In All Cloudwater Venues Across Manchester
Cloudwater Brew Co x The Queer Brewing Project Blossom soda Image: Courtesy of Cloudwater Brew Co

The last of the three collaborations, Blossom, is a project with Queer Brewing Project and is inspired by its Flowers Witbier. The soda emulates one of Cloudwater’s favourite beers with a combination of banana, citrus, coriander and subtle spices with added saaz hops. The collaborations join Cloudwater’s core range of alcohol-free sodas which includes a Mango Sour and Pineapple & Yuzu. Both of which are available year-round.

All three alcohol-free sodas will be available at both Sadler’s Cat and Tap No 9, with the Bundobust collaboration available at all of its restaurants across Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.

If alcohol-free is not your thing, Cloudwater will, of course, continue to brew majority boozy pints. In 2022, the brewery aims to produce seven core beers regularly covering a range of styles from IPA to pilsner to stout. The brewery has said it will also continue to experiment with seasonal and limited-edition releases in keg, can and cask as well as tweaking its branding this year for better clarity. Cloudwater has even produced a handy beer release calendar for those that want to go full beer nerd in 2022.

A Beer At Cloudwater New Pub Sadlers Cat Noma Manchester
A lovely pint of Cloudwater beer at Sadler's Cat Image: Confidentials

Cloudwater is rightly a very popular brewery, not only here in Manchester but worldwide. It won the title of the second-best brewery in the world at the annual RateBeer awards back in 2018 and consistently makes the top ten in the RateBeer hop charts. Its collaborative and supportive approach means it's not only popular with drinkers but with other brewers too

With Kampus shaping up to be a showcase of some of the best food and beverage indies in Manchester, Cloudwater is a very welcome addition to this exciting new food and drink destination. 

Cloudwater Beer Hall, Chorlton Street, M1 3FY

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