Store Street is one of those places where I regularly visit but have yet to write about. This is because I only ever tend to drink in there rather than eat, usually when it’s dark and always on the way to, or from, Piccadilly. Housed within the Hilton Double Tree Hotel, Store Street is a craft bar opposite Piccadilly train station, making it the perfect start or end to your evening. The interior is seriously on trend with exposed brick, wood topped long tables and enough plug sockets to be able to sit almost anywhere and still charge your laptop.
Last week saw a celebratory beer tasting with Brightside Brewing Company to celebrate International Beer Day 2018 and to kick off a month of free beer! When you sign up to their newsletter here, you can claim a free pint of Manchester Pale Ale throughout August. You can also swap this out for a G&T if beer isn’t your thing.
As if that’s not enough, Store Street are also offering 2 pints of craft beer with 3 light bites from the bar menu for £18. Perhaps these delights from Brightside Brewing Company can tempt you. I kicked things off with a Tropical Fruit Blast Gold from their Wildside range. Tropical is the perfect name for this light and fruity number with notes of passion fruit, orange and coconut to almost made me feel like I was on my holidays.
Our line up for the evening was 4 different brews from Brightside, all with their own flavour and character. Their beers are all easy drinkers as they rarely brew anything over 5%. Brightside Brewery started life as a home brewing kit in Radcliffe and was grown into a full brewing set up, ready to take the world by storm with their innovative flavours and ingredients.
We tasted the Helles lager paired with fish and chips. The lager is clean yet light and cuts through the fat of the fish and chips beautifully.
The Session ale was next paired with calamari. The ale is a blonde with strong citrus flavours that paired well with the aioli. It’s a fairly light beer so doesn’t mask the soft flavours of the calamari, which was soft and tender to the bite. I think this was my favourite pairing of the evening.
The Pale ale was served with these cute sliders which, are seriously moreish. The pale is slightly heavier at 4.5% but the flavour is still mellow and malty with a richer flavour to compliment the meaty burgers.
Last but definitely not least was the IPA paired with some seriously good spicy wings. The IPA has a kick of citrus but with a fairly bitter finish that stands up to the spice in the wings. It’s a meaty ale and almost something you can dig your teeth into. At 5%, it’s a sipping beer, but a tasty one at that.
Make sure you head over to try Store Streets nibbles this month and I’d recommend trying some of the Brightside Brewing Company range whilst you’re there. Local beer at its best.
I was invited to Store Street as a guest. Views, as always, are my own.