I’ve always had a soft spot for Track Brew Co of Manchester.
When I first went to the brewery and talked to the people there, they stated that they fined their beers (possibly not now) which I thought was honest and, given the unnecessary hatred craft people have for finings, a bit of a revelation.
There was also while I attended a beer festival in Leeds, the first brewery to DM me via twitter and as a fledgling beer blogger I felt that I’d “arrived,” it was the little things back then, when things were bright and new and even innocent.
So I was quite happy to hear that they were opening their own tap-room.
64 Chapeltown Street Manchester M1 2WQ.
The third floor of Crusader Mill.
Given that I’d walked from The Smithfield (and Crown & Kettle) and was coming from an unfamiliar and unplanned route I was happy that I stumbled upon it so easily and that it was well enough signposted (within the mill complex) when I got there.
Built into an area that struck me as a modern and posh version of back-to-back housing for the easily impressed, after what was about a mile of walking I was then faced with the interminable hike up narrow, short-spaced stairs.
Still, I knew that while there would be no cask (and Track cask is rather good), their keg can be just as rewarding.
The floor was reached, the smell of street food hit my nostrils and the warm heat and sound of a fair few people all gassing away greeted my senses.
The drink area was fairly bright, a bit industrial-chic but pleasant and it is a mill so to be expected. Seating was very much long tables, like a beer hall.
I walked over to the bar it was wooden, naturally, and the list of beers was clearly written as was the pricing.
I studied the list and made my choice.
I then saw “THIS IS A CASHLESS VENUE”
I went to another pub.
Thanks for reading.