Twenty breweries: Marble

Perhaps it's a Manchester thing. What you see is what you get. No airs, graces, pretentions. Marble take the guesswork out of buying beer: Manchester Bitter. Stouter Stout. Chocolate. Ginger. Pint.

Brewing began in a back room of the Grade-2 listed Marble Arch pub in 1998; increased demand led to a second plant opening up underneath the nearby railway arches in 2009. Along the way, successive brewers have found inspiration to brew beyond the ordinary English fayre. Chocolate Dubbel, Decandence Kriek and Special Barley Wine are all indicators of Marble's experimental edge.

Why try? They don't re-invent beer; they strip it down to its bare bones and rebuild it. When some styles have all too often gone awry with malt changes and odd hopping, Marble get back to basics and brew assertive beer really well.

What to look for? Either the eminantly sessionable 3.9 or Pint. If you're in Marble Arch and they are serving Dobber, try it without the sparkler. You won't get punched in the face for suggesting it. Honest.

Where to buy? Marble Arch, 73 Rochdale Road - possibly the finest brewery tap I've ever visited. Marble's bar at 57 Thomas Street also stocks cask. Bottles can be bought online from myBrewerytap.


  1. Only time I've been to MA was on the last Manchester Twissup. Wanted to go back ever since. Quite fancy a slow afternoon with some food and a many pints of pint.


  2. Don't forget brewery tap #2, the Marble Beer House in Chorlton! 57 Thomas St is more of a been-there-done-that tick as bars go, but the Marble Beer House is... well, it's my local, so I'm biased.

  3. Marble at Chorlton is on my agenda for my next Manchester visit - last time was a whirlwind tour of the MA, Common, 57 and Port Street. It'd be good to see some of the places away from the centre next time.