Manchester-based brewery Runaway is opening a bar with a dedicated tap room in Stockport

Runaway Brewery will celebrate the new space by hosting pop-ups alongside Honest Crust pizza.

By Emma Davidson | November 22nd '22

Manchester’s multi award-winning Runaway Brewery is opening a new venue with a dedicated tap-room and bottle shop in central Stockport early next year. 

To celebrate its upcoming move, the brewery will run a pop-up tap room at its new premises on Astley Street in the lead up to Christmas. Brewery friends, Honest Crust Sourdough Pizza will also bring along a wood fired pizza oven to join in the celebrations.

After supporting the hugely successful Art Battle in September 2022, which attracted around 1,000 visitors to central Stockport, Runaway Brewery’s brew-tap style festive weekenders will open every Thursday to Saturday between 1st and 17th of December. 

Once the door’s open, guests will be able to enjoy a range of freshly brewed Runaway beers including regular favourites, seasonal specials and unique collaborations. There’ll also be an opportunity to take a tour of the new building and courtyard beer garden, meet the brewers and find out more about their plans for the future.

As well as an excellent range of regular beers the Brewery Bottle Shop will offer exclusive Christmas gifts alongside some extra special seasonal offerings, including recently bottled rum and tequila barrel aged stouts, and a wine barrel aged beer brewed with locally produced heather honey.

Runaway’s move follows a year of planning, design and refurbishment between themselves and landlord, Orbit Developments with the brewery entering into a 20 year lease at Crossley House, a former sheet metal works, on Astley Street. 

Runaway Brewery founder, Mark Welsby said: “We’re all really excited by our move to Stockport and to be shifting Runaway’s focus a little.

“We hope our move from the inner-city will allow us a bit more time to explore the things that inspire us and our beer. We’re really looking forward to engaging with a new community here in Stockport – especially opportunities to collaborate with other indie food and drink producers.”

With the news that Robinson’s will be leaving its historic town centre brewery after nearly 200 years, Mark says he’s “hopeful that the move can help retain the tradition of brewing in the heart of the town, albeit on a much smaller scale.”

He says the team at Runaway are inspired by the positive impact that other small, independent businesses are having as part of Stockport’s ongoing resurgence, saying: “It feels like a fantastic opportunity for us to offer something new in the town and hopefully, like those who are already here, we can have a positive influence on what comes next!”

Runaway Brewery’s festive pop-up Tap Room opens every Thursday and Friday from 5pm-10:30pm, and every Saturday from 12pm-10.30pm between the 1st and 17th of December 2022. The brewery Bottle Shop will be open for Christmas gifts from lunch time until close on the same days.