Runaway Brewery, the Manchester-based micro-brewery supplying craft ales to the Grub Food Fair at Mayfield, is to create a special Mayfield Pale Ale which will only be available from Grub at Mayfield.
The 4% ABV vegan-friendly brew will be created at Runaway’s city centre micro-brewery under the stewardship of Runaway’s head brewer, Mark Welsby who set up Runaway in 2014.
“Our approach is to define the end product first and work backwards from that point, tweaking and refining the process until we are 100 per cent happy that we’ve arrived at the outcome we wanted in the first place.” Explains Mark.
The process of brewing beer hasn’t significantly changed for thousands of years and Mark is clear on what makes the difference between a good and great beer.
He said: “There’s no real secret to brewing great beer other than ensuring you use the best quality ingredients you can get. Fortunately for us, the water we use comes straight from the Lake District. It’s tap water. Being soft and not mineral rich, it provides a blank canvas which we can tweak to suit each beer.
“The hops we’ll use are sourced from around the world and we’ll rotate the varieties we use in the Mayfield Pale each month. So they might be from the UK, central Europe, New Zealand or the US. This means each batch of the beer will be slightly different while preserving a distinct family resemblance.
“We wanted to brew a beer that would complement the amazing array of street food on offer at Mayfield. The final product will be somewhere between a summer golden ale and a lager. It’ll be served chilled and will be fizzier than a traditional ale. We’re going to have over 1000 pints each weekend and more if we need it. We think, and hope, people will love it.”
The popularity of craft beers and micro-breweries have grown enormously in recent years driven by interest in product provenance and a reaction to the standardisation of product from the large breweries.
Jason Bailey from Grub at Mayfield added: “We needed a beer which was distinctive but that would also compliment the range of foods we’ll be serving. What Mark and his team have developed is just the ticket and we’re sure people will love it.
“Of course it won’t be alone at Mayfield, we’ll have 14 beer lines: five of which will be from Runaway’s current line up and the rest filled with guest breweries from Manchester and the north. We’ll also have a wine list comprising of eight red, white, rose and sparkling wines sourced for us by award winning local retailer Reserve Wines and soft drink options such as Steep Soda. The drink is just as important as the food and we are lucky to have some cracking suppliers here in Manchester.”
Grub at Mayfield will be held weekly on land next to the disused Mayfield train Station on Baring Street in Manchester City Centre. The area will be transformed by the temporary installation of a series of shipping containers housing street food traders at ground level with co-working and community space upper levels. A community garden also forms part of the first-stage plans for the site.
Visitors will be treated to an ever-changing roster of six of the city’s and country’s best street-food traders along with craft beers. The food fair will initially operate every Friday and Saturday from 12 noon through to 10pm with alternative activities planned every Sunday from 12 noon to 8pm.
The food fair is the first step in re-opening the site to the people of the city by the Mayfield Development Partnership – a joint venture between Manchester City Council, LCR, Transport for Greater Manchester and mixed-use property regeneration specialist U+I.
The Mayfield Depot will host two events from the Manchester International Festival programme this coming summer.
The Partnership’s long-term plan for Mayfield is to create an iconic, £850m mixed-use community over the next 10 years, including commercial, residential and leisure facilities. The 24-acre site, next to Piccadilly Station, has been derelict for over a decade.
The wider Mayfield regeneration vision will potentially provide 1,300 homes, 75,000 sq m of office space, a 350-bedroom hotel, retail and leisure facilities and a new city park, creating over 7,500 office, retail, leisure and construction jobs.
The long-term proposals will seek to enhance many of the site’s historic features including developing and improving the River Medlock, which flows through the site. The intention is to maintain the historic buildings on the site and make the most of the area’s built heritage.
U+I was formally appointed as the development partner for Mayfield in December 2016 while the temporary use for the site was granted planning consent in April 2017.
The new community and workspace facilities have been designed by architect Studio Egret West, master planners to the project.