At 29th January 2015
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Our pubs & clubs
With over 130 real ale pubs and clubs in our branch area, we have a pub for everyone.
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The list of LocAle pubs (28) and breweries (60) has been revised and updated as of 29th January 2015.
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Next Meeting & Social Trip
Our next Branch Meeting will take place on Wednesday, 25th March 2015 starting at 8pm. The venue is the Prospect Brewery Bar at Bradley Hall Trading Estate in Standish. All branch members are welcomed. Rumour has it that will also be some free beer !!
Our first social trip of 2015 takes place on Saturday March 28th. We'll be visiting Ossett Brewery in Yorkshire for a brewery tour, including beer sampling. We'll then visit a nearby Ossett pub for pie, peas and a pint. After that, we'll have some free time in Wakefield which has a few decent alehouses worth exploring. The inclusive cost of the trip is just £15 per person for CAMRA branch members. We'll be leaving Wigan around 10.45am and arriving back around 9,30pm.
At the AGM on January 14th 2015, voting took place for our annual pub/club awards. The winners are as follows :-
Congratulations to all concerned.
New kids on the block
Real ale in the Wigan area continues to thrive which has resulted in two new local breweries commencing operations within the past six months.
Martland Mill Brewery commenced operations on 11th July 2014. For more information check out their website at Martland Mill Brewery.
Hophurst Brewery in Hindley commenced operations in October 2014. For more information check out their website at Hophurst Brewery.
There is also a trend of smaller independent bars opening within the past few months, both locally and across the Greater Manchester region. Some local examples of these include :-
All Gates and Prospect prosper again at regional beer competition
Congratulations to two of our local breweries, All Gates and Prospect, upon winning awards at the SIBA North-West Beer Competition held at Bolton Beer Festival on 15th October 2014.
Allgates won a silver award in the Best Bitter category with 'Dry Bones' (4.0%) whilst Prospect won a bronze award in the Bottled Speciality Beers category with 'Clementine' (5.0%).
Other local-ish breweries winning awards were Bank Top (Bolton) and Blackedge (Horwich).
Wigan CAMRA visit the Swan with Two Necks at Pendleton on 30th May, 2014
For more photos of the social trip to the Swan with Two Necks, Skipton and Saltaire Beer Club on May 30th, click here
In the local papers .....
Click on links below to view recent beer-related stories in the local newspapers :-
For more stories, click here.