There's a Brewtap tomorrow!!! (& an explanation) FRI 22ND SEPT 6PM-10:30PM & Saturday 23RD 12PM-10:30PM

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Hi there, what you doing this weekend? Nothing? Cool. Well now you are.

Firstly, There's two things you will have probably noticed here:

1, This is a very late advertisement!
2, TEN THIRTY CLOSE?

You are both observant and correct. Let's address these quickly.

ADDRESS THE PEOPLE

So, we've been having a little sparring session with licensing since our last brew tap. Perhaps you can expect to hear a little bit more about this from us one day down the line, but as it stands, we're making a few adjustments to meet their very reasonable requests. One of which is that we will be calling last orders at 10:30PM. Disaster? No! So, we lose half an hour, yes, but to counter that we'll have our (relaxing) vinyl carriers, spinning a little earlier in the day. A spotlight will smoothly manoeuvre onto our amazing beer, great food traders and amazing song selectors. So, basically the same as always. Plus it just gives us all a chance to keep things nice and tidy down here and all meet up in The Smithfield for a pint afterwards. Doesn't sound so bad does it? NOPE.

As for the lateness I can only apologise in getting the word out - such tardiness from us there... We've been waiting (and waiting and waiting) to just see if any new restrictions fall upon us and as it happens we aren't entirely aware of any more than we already new. So... cool.

We've done our homework as best we can though and we're making some (necessary) tweaks and we're all ready for a really nice weekend with no hassle from our overlords!

What does it all mean? As I said, we'll possibly be talking more about it one day, but frankly - it means very little! Same Blackjack Brewtap! Possibly a little mellower on the volume front, but after a long summer, a nice simmering chatter box, reflecting on the fun of the Brewtap Season is quite welcome for us all. Licensing have been quite correct in pointing out that there is some room for improvement and we're more than happy to comply.

Same brew tap, with a little emphasis shift to really enjoying things from the get go, keeping things respectful, easy riding and closing a meagre 30 mins earlier.

Honestly? No problem.

 

So with that being said - whats on :

FOOD

FRIDAY : 

On Friday we're delighted to welcome the amazing - OH MY GLAZE. 

These Glaze lords will no doubt be bringing an amazing example of the power of the glaze, -funnily enough. A good glaze applies itself merrily with many a munch worthy meat/or Veg for that matter and we can't wait to find out where the glaze will .... glaze. Expect wings and smoke and glazes to coat. 

 

SATURDAY :

Down for the all dayer Saturday slot, we have an outstanding returner - gracing us with their presence once more (as we loved them so much) - we have The Wood Fired Oven wielders: MIO PIZZA!

Not much needs to be said here.
Get good dough, add good ingredients, apply to Wood Fired Oven. Don't do that and you get bad pizza. Follow the rules and you get great pizza. Expect the latter from Mio!
....because they get it. 

 

MUSIC

FRIDAY : 

The Devil's return.

We're very lucky with our DJ's. When we need a nice little soft Brewtap, nursing the hangovers of summer: where we pine for simply appreciating songmanship and quality, over volume and rave (not that we ever raved), our guys instantly get in tune and they can fill any soundscape. We knew that and in a 3 sentence conversation, the set lists were changed, the mood will be suitably adjusted the destination re-routed - heading away from the dance floor and over to the listeners lounge; for the aficionado and respectful listener. Expect warming beautiful vinyl for beautiful folk. The Devil's Juke Box have it all covered. Sit back. Relax.

SATURDAY : 

Goff, Mim & an Old Pal.

Speaking of versatility, again, we are extremely well graced when welcoming our old guard back on board. The original players of the very first Brewtaps way back,  when? (4 years now ... never any complaints? Nope) we still have ultimate faith. The safest pair of Anti-Static Vinyl Mittens are heading over to offer melting soulful warmth, some psych oddities and glittering singles of RnB joy. For those who just appreciate amazing records, delivered by the most tasteful of DJ duo's, you're in luck.

Add to the mix a special guest and you are really laughing you're way to The Smithfield (at 10:30 sharps) - Jon 'Macca' Mckensie returns!!! If there's ever a guy you want for this weekend it's Jon, his ear for beauty is so wildly unknown (Pops, doesn't get out so much these days) so magically on point, it's utterly mind blowing. You can always, always expect great records when Jon comes and this will be no different. 

 

See you all tomorrow from 6! 

It's going to be a nice one. 
Blackjack. 

 

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY BREWTAP! Fri 25th, Sat 26th AND Sun 27th!

Hello there Brewtappers. I trust we are well and I'd assume you'll be interested in that extra Monday day off?
Oh yeah! No doubt!

Brewtap time rolls around again at this crazy busy time of year and yes it's the big one, August Bank Holiday! Which means you lucky folk get the full 3 dayer our of us. 

We're just confirming our DJ line up to sit nicely alongside our 12 flowing keg lines, the finest spirits, 4 cask ales and hopefully all the deck chairs that WILL get to make an appearance in some glorious weather. (ever the optimist) 

So come on Manchester, lets make this the show stopper. Stay tuned for all the updates and we'll see you very soon, for great folk, great beers, amazing street food and beautiful sounds.

Yehaw! See you then.

BREWTAP TIME AGAIN! JUNE - FRI 23RD 6 PM - 11 PM/SAT 24TH 12 PM - 11 PM

Hi everyone! You know the drill here... 

Get those dates in the diary.

I'm just going to be dropping this here for now. But I will add!

5 Points Brewery


Yes, we'll be featuring loads of brews from the excellent 5 Points Brewery on Saturday! There should also be a few of their team out and about having a few beers, so come and say hello and share some liquids with them. ( I might consider rephrasing that later )


Music, Food and all other fun to be announced very soon.


See you all there. 

MAY BANK HOLIDAY BREWTAP! Three Day Scorcher - MAY: FRI 26th / SAT 27th / SUN 28th

Take a peek at this poster and it'll tell you (almost) everything you need to know...

MUSIC & FOOD

announcements coming soon....

Dates in the diary!!! it's going to be another massive one

 

HERE'S WHAT YOU'VE BEEN MISSING

at the last 2 brewtaps....

 

 

 

Beernomicon returns to The Smithfield : Episode 2 : Northern Monk Brew Co! FEB 26th

Beernomicon (at the Smithfield: Episode 2) with Northern Monk
(AND BRAND NEW BEERS)

Our Guests

Legends of Leeds. This time we welcome....

Northern Monk!

Now I could write a list of superlatives about Northern Monk, or alternatively - I could let them explain themselves. Just have a little look here

All I will say, or really NEED to say, is ...First English World Beer Cup Medal For an IPA Goes To…  

FIRST EVER. I will say no more.
Oh, except to say, they're bringing two new beers being served at The Smithfield on the day!!

The Format

So we return with our series of monthly meet the brewers on Sunday afternoons at our Brewpub - The Smithfield Market Tavern - but this 'MTB' comes in a bit of a different format to the usual.

Hosted by the fine fellows of Beernomicon, a beer centric podcast for beer lovers, we'll be recording their show in house with YOU guys as a 'live' (not live; it's a podcast) audience. They'll be grilling a whole line up for brewers throughout the coming year and our audience will be there to fire up the heat - Audience participation is very much welcomed, so get your questions ready..
keep it friendly ;) 

Our hosts

Beernomicon is hosted by our very own Tom Plant, Brewer at Blackjack and (thankfully) absolute beer obsessive, alongside co-host Ross Cummins another mega beer geek. In their own words 'Beernomicon is a podcast about all things beer by two beer cynics. Conceived after a trip to Copenhagen in 2016 they have grown a dedicated audience they never expected to have. They've hosted interviews with great breweries such as Cloudwater, Dugges and Northern Monk as well as hosting excellent bottle shares' 

Here's their latest episode! And you can find all of them here  or follow them on twitter here

What to Expect....

A fun and informal chat about beer (...)  but knowing how hotly discussed this drink is, this a pretty unique opportunity the get into the underbelly of a top brewer, hear things from the brewers perspective for once and of course drink a load of smart beer as we go along.

Beers will be announced over the next week.
We look forward to seeing on Sunday !

Beernomicon comes to The Smithfield with Track Brewery...

Beernomicon (at the Smithfield: Episode 1) with Track Brewery

The Format

We're excited to announce that we'll be kicking off a series of monthly meet the brewers on Sunday afternoons at our Brewtap - The Smithfield Market Tavern - but this one comes in a bit of a different format to the usual.

Hosted by the fine fellows of Beernomicon, a beer centric podcast for beer lovers, we'll be recording their show in house with YOU guys as a 'live' (not live; it's a podcast) audience. They'll be grilling a whole line up for brewers throughout the coming year and our audience will be there to fire up the heat - Audience participation is very much welcomed, so get your questions ready..
keep it friendly ;) 

Tickets are available from the Smithfield (37 Swan st!) and are £6 per person - This gives 4x 1/3s' of Track beers and guarantees your seat. If you don't have a ticket feel free to rock up, beers will be available on the day but we can't guarantee a seat and they will be back to their normal (fair!) prices. Grab your tickets ASAP!

Our hosts

Beernomicon is hosted by our very own Tom Plant, Brewer at Blackjack and (thankfully) absolute beer obsessive, alongside co-host Ross Cummins another mega beer geek. In their own words 'Beernomicon is a podcast about all things beer by two beer cynics. Conceived after a trip to Copenhagen in 2016 they have grown a dedicated audience they never expected to have. They've hosted interviews with great breweries such as Cloudwater, Dugges and Northern Monk as well as hosting excellent bottle shares' 

Here's their latest episode! And you can find all of them here  or follow them on twitter here

 

Our Guests

In the first of this new format we bring Manchester favourites Track Brewery.
Lets be fair, in the eyes of many, Track have climbed the ladder in it's few short years of existence to be regarded as one of Manchester's finest new Breweries. Sam and his lot have been making some stand up beers since they started in 2014  and continue to push the standards of the Manc beer scene higher and higher. If you haven't tried them, you really should... and what better way?

What to Expect....

A fun and informal chat about beer (...)  but knowing how hotly discussed this drink is in the beer world, this a pretty unique opportunity the get into the underbelly of a top brewer, hear things from the brewers perspective for once and of course drink a load of smart beer as we go along.

Beers will be announced over the next week.
follow The Smithfield for info here: And we look forward to seeing on Sunday !