This June, we achieved a landmark moment in our history, brewing three special edition beers using Generation 5000 yeast – a key ingredient that’s been re-pitched 5000 times since 1967. JW Lees yeast is a special, unique ingredient that adds rare character and flavour to our beers that can’t be reproduced or replicated anywhere else.
The Family Brewery since 1828
The journey began in 1828 when our founder, retired cotton manufacturer, John Lees, decided to buy land at Middleton Junction and set up Greengate Brewery. Since then, we’ve stayed true to our roots and brew all our beers right here in Manchester. We continue to grow each year and to this day, we have over 140 pubs, inns & hotels across the North West of England and North Wales. We’re always on the lookout for new pubs to add to our estate and are keen to create the best pubs in the community.
Find Your Local
We put the brewery at the heart of our business and brew six cask ales as well as two lagers, five keg beers and six limited edition seasonal cask ales, which are available throughout different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia regent from Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines & spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.
The JW Lees shop is hosted and fulfilled by Best of British Beers
JW Lees and Professor Brian Cox are on a mission. To explore new worlds. To seek out new ideas and new flavours. To boldly go where no one has gone be...
JW Lees Bitter
Our all-malt amber bitter was first brewed in 1828 to satisfy thirsty Mancunians grafting in the workshop of the world. It soon became our most popula...
Manchester Pale Ale
Tony Wilson once said: “This is Manchester, we do things differently here”. And he was right. Our refreshingly Mancunian pale ale gives ale lovers...
Breweries often used to hold back their extra special bitter for the Directors or Chairman, but we think everyone should enjoy the very best. Named in...
Manchester Craft Lager
More than a few craft lagers are named after the cities that created them, so we've added Manchester to that list using almost two centuries' worth of...
The Boilerhouse is where we brew our small batch beers. It’s a place to foster a spirit of innovation that has always run deep within our DNA. We’re on a mission to explore distinctive, challenging new beers – brewing them with integrity in just the right amounts – with nearly two centuries of brewing heritage behind us.
MIF19 Chinook Pale
A collaboration with Manchester Gin’s Master Distiller, Seb Heeley. This beer is floral, fruity and refreshing. Inspired by the experience of the fi...
Our permanent Boilerhouse beer, perfect for all seasons, perfectly balanced moderate bitterness. fresh fruit hops and pale ale malt....
Summer Session Ale
This summer session ale blended with chinook & centennial hops gives this brew wonderful citrus & melon aromas with a fruity tangerine & berry taste....
Apricot American Pale Ale
Highly hopped, citrusy american style with soft apricots to temper the clean bitterness....
SUMMER BREAKS from £62.50 pp per night
Book a relaxing break this Summer in one of our cosy inns and hotels. Enjoy the best of the North West and North Wales by the beach or making the most of the country air as the weather starts to brighten up. Our inns and hotels offer the prefect retreats for a break away and include a generous dinner allowance, giving you the chance to unwind after a busy day, with good food and hospitality, followed by a comfortable nights sleep and a hearty breakfast.
Business that lives, breathes & thrives
Because pubs aren’t JUST another business. They’re about keeping friends in touch, uniting families and providing a place for communities to grow – doing something that actually matters. As a JW Lees Pub Partner, you’ll have the freedom to run your own business and the rewards that come with that, but you’ll also be doing something you love every single day.