It isn’t very often I drink real ale of any kind, though I have been known to attend a beer festival or two in my time. I’m not one to shy away from beer-related events – I’m open minded like that – so off I went to a warehouse on an industrial estate in the dark (sounds like the makings of a horror movie, right?) to sample Malaysian street food, pasties, cheese and of course … Seven Bro7hers Beer.
The event was actually organised by Yelp, which is a great website to us if you’re looking to try somewhere new in town. You can see honest reviews with real photos taken by actual customers and make an informed decision on where to go to eat, for a drink or for entertainment in and around Manchester. Yelp covers many, many other areas too but this particular event came about through Jonny, who is The Man when it comes to Yelping in Manchester.
As I arrived at the brewery I saw Jimmy from Nasi Lemak standing by his street food stall, enticing me over with the delicious aroma of fine Malay food. As much as I wanted to stand there and try All. The. Things. though, I decided it’d probably be best to go inside to the actual event first.
I was greeted by Jonny and given a name sticker, and the first thing that struck me was how friendly everyone was. Some had been to previous Yelp events (this was my first) and some hadn’t, but everyone was so smiley.
At the bar I first sampled the IPA, which was slightly bitter – as I expected – but really quite refreshing.
Then, I saw it. The board that advertised … beer cocktails.
And that was me for the evening. What a completely rubbish beer reviewer I am to have tried only one and moved on to cocktails. I’ll tell you this though – I’m not even sorry. Not one bit.
I started with a Sexy Sister Cocktail, which is a combination of vodka, peach schnapps, fruit juice, sugar syrup and IPA. Probably one or two more ingredients too but I’m rubbish and I’ve forgotten what I learned in my Beer Cocktail Masterclass, courtesy of Greg, one of the brothers.
I’d say I probably preferred this one to the Dark Velvet, though I didn’t turn my nose up at the stout and prosecco combo, topped off with a fresh blackberry. I’m pretty sure that counted towards my five a day…
Seven Bro7hers was founded just last year but despite this being a new venture, they are going from strength to strength. You can read their heart warming story and get to know a little more about them on their site. They’re a really decent bunch of people doing what they love – and doing it well.
If you fancy sampling some fine craft beers, pop down to their brewery on the last Friday of the month, when the warehouse turns magically into a tap room full of great beer, friendly staff and some excellent live music too.
I must also mention the utterly delicious food that was on offer at the Seven Bro7hers / Yelp event. Orsom Cheese (Love the name!) had a stand full of the creamiest cheese known to man. Well, to me at least.
Their cheese is all handmade and they’re really proud of what they do – with good reason.
I had a great night at my first Yelp event – cheers Jonny for having me come along. Looking forward to attending more.
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