Boddingtons Former Brewery & adjacent pub “The Brewery Tap” – both now demolishe
NOW SADLY CLOSED & DEMOLISHED
Former address: Interbrew UK, PO Box 23 Manchester M60. Tel: 0161-828 2000.
Located on the corner of Great Ducie Street & New Bridge Street, Strangeways, Manchester where the original well from which the first Boddington’s ales are reputed to have been made. The self proclaimed “Cream of Manchester”, Boddington’s Bitter (or locally, just “Boddies”) has had a long traditional association with good ales, brewed on the site of their Strangeways Brewery since the late 18th century. Brewing on this old site ceased in February 2005 amid a great deal of controversy and opposition – Boddingtons will henceforth be produced at other locations around the UK and has lost its historic association with the City of Manchester. The site is still awaiting some permanent redevelopment with shops, houses and a new hotel planned – the site still awaits development and exists now, typically, and sadly, as a car park. The Boddington company was taken over by the Whitbread Group in the early 1990s and is now part of the Interbrew UK company. There were once popular guided tours of the brewery, with a complimentary glass of beer at the end. The beer had long been rated locally, but clever marketing and a massive TV advertising campaign imprinted its name into the national consciousness. Paradoxically, Boddington’s Bitter was heralded in these highly successful advertising campaigns as “The Cream of Manchester”. Sadly, the “Cream of Manchester” is no longer brewed in Manchester …. ah well – everything changes.