Allgates Brewery : Still on the lookout for new premises and continuing to brew daily at the current site. Brewing our old favourite Bright Blade as a one off brew to complement a range of monthly specials They have also brewed a 5.6% porter called Palosanto which is matured in wooden casks.
Jones Brewery : now brewing a winter beer.
Mayflower Brewery : is now brewing from an industrial unit adjacent to the Delph in Orrell and Ian is selling some of their beers on occasions - no other info available
Problem Child Brewery : still having some problems with planning permission for barrel store.
Prospect Brewery : continue to be busy brewing 180 Firkins a week which is very demanding on the current manpower. The limited edition beer fermented in whisky casks is now out. A new brew currently fermenting is a 6% IPA infused with basil which is called Ormskirk Deli – this will soon be available in bottles with a cask version to follow. Clementine (5%) has now been brewed and will be available in bottles by late November, in casks by December. A new supply of mini casks has been delivered for their Christmas sales.
Allgates Brewery : Still on the lookout for new premises. Certain hops are becoming increasingly difficult to acquire. Mad Monk was a sell out at GBBF. Monthly and seasonal beers will be Premiant (4%), Ahtanum (4.3%) and True Blonde (4.6\5%). Replacement casks despatched to Hawkshead Festival resulted in Allgates beer only being available late Saturday.
Problem Child Brewery : nothing to report. As brewing has yet to start at Problem Child it was agreed to appoint Shaun Ashton (their BLO) as Brewery Laision Officer to the Jones Brewery as this is now operational. A BLO for Problem Child will be sought once brewing commences
Prospect Brewery : Lisa Nandy MP recently visited brewery. Saloon beer (possible name) continues maturing in 50 gallon whisky casks, due as a limited edition brew mainly in bottles in autumn. Clementine (5%) will be available in bottles by late November, in casks by December. Bottled Silver Tally reached final judging at GBBF this year but no awards. Will be supplying beer to SIBA Great Northern Beer Festival at The Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester 27 – 29 October.
Allgates Brewery : Imperial Russian Stout appeared on the SIBA brewery bar at the recent Great British Beer Festival in addition to the California on the area bar P6.
Jones Brewery : This one sneaked up on us ! Owned by Neil Jones and located in the Red Rock/Haigh area of Wigan brewing began a few weeks ago. Three brews have been developed so far – Coppice Ale (3.8% traditional dark bitter), 2AM Stout (4.0%), and Haigh Pale Ale (4.2% hoppy beer) mainly available in bottles at present and can be sampled at the Stables brasserie bar in Wigan. See http://www.jonesbrewery.com
Mayflower Brewery : As yet unconfirmed rumours of another move – no new brewing information has been supplied. Beers are most often seen around the West Lancs area.
Problem Child Brewery : Still not brewing yet – typical problem child !.
Prospect Brewery : Yet again Brewster Patsy (a CAMRA member herself) has been in high profile in the local media pictured in both the Evening Post and the Wigan Reporter with local MP Lisa Nandy. Patsy was speaking to Lisa on behalf of small brewers and publicans about the threat to their livelihood posed by the disproportionate amount of beer duty levied in the last budget.
Allgates Brewery : Allgates have increased their ever-growing pub portfolio with the latest acquisition being the White Lion in Leigh and are considering buying new brewing premises – probably in an industrial unit. If they do found another brewery they will keep the current brewery going to brew test brews and for utilising the visitor centre.
Mayflower Brewery : Al is brewing at full capacity and looking possibly to expand over the next few months. His April special MB Gold has been so popular he has continued to brew through May as well. He also sent 5 barrels of Tower Hill down to the House of Commons Bar recently. As well as his usual outlets of the Turks Head, Delph Tavern and Holland Hall where he has exclusivity, he is now delivering to The Crown at Worthington. He is getting more enquiries for Brewery tours and can confirm prices either by e-mail or giving him a call.
Problem Child Brewery : Not brewing yet.
Prospect Brewery : Still remaining very busy. A refreshing summer brew Oresome at 3.8% made with fresh lemons is now available to quench our summer thirsts. Sales continue to grow with a new outlet The White Crow at Worthington now taking regular deliveries. The brewery is buying more casks and another 12 barrel fermenter to cope with increased demand. A brew which is yet without a name has been made and put into 50 gallon whiskey casks at 4.3% for maturation. This will be available in the autumn as a limited edition brew supplied mainly in bottles. Suggestion for a name would be welcomed, although there is no prize for it a free pint would be in order for the lucky winner.
Allgates Brewery : Mad Monk, an Imperial Russian Stout was named as the Champion Strong Ale of Britain at the SIBA annual brewing conference held at Stratford-upon-Avon in March. Mad Monk and eleven more imperial Russian stouts by British brewers will be judged in a beer festival to be held at St. Petersburg on the 18 June. Spring beers are Celtic Pale ABV 4.0% and Brigantia also 4.0%. Brigantia was originally brewed in Summer 2009 as Summer Gold and the name was changed when it featured in Wetherspoon’s April 2010 Beer Festival. Monthly specials were Super Alpha and Summit (March), Ostara and Pacific Gem (April). Pacific Gem is the tenth and final in the series of New Zealand single hopped beers. Allgates will continue the theme of single hopped beers starting next month with Marynka. They will be using hops from Bohemia and Poland plus some rare UK hops.The May special will be a dark ruby mild. Last year it was known as Weapons of Mass Destruction and this year it will be known as Beltane. Allgates completed the purchase of The White Lion at Leigh on 31 March. They hope to re-open in 4-6 weeks time after a refurb and install at least six hand pumps. The refurb at the Crooke Hall Inn should be completed imminently and will then open for food.
Mayflower Brewery : Lancashire Stout not only won the Porters and Stouts category at the 22nd Lancaster Beerfest but it went to become the Supreme Champion Beer of Lancashire and winner of The Lancashire Cup. The competition included 66 beers from 29 different breweries. Judges included Roger Protz and celebrated beer writers Melissa Cole and Jeff Pickthall. Wigan Bier has been brought up to date to celebrate the Brewery’s tenth anniversary.
Prospect Brewery : Sales are continuing to increase necessitating purchase of another 100 barrels. The new beer ‘Whatever’ is extremely popular and has now joined the range of core beers. Recently brewed Dragon Ale for St. George’s Day. Dynamild 5.2% was brewed today for mild month. Will once again be brewing the seasonal beer Oresome. Pickaxe won the dark beer category at the Wigan Beer Festival and Silver Tally was runner-up in the Bitters category at the 22ndLancaster Beerfest. The brewery bar was closed over Easter but re-opened on 28 April with Marble Ginger Beer as a guest ale. It is hoped to get regular guest beers on and the bar is now open from 4pm until 7:30 on Fridays.
Problem Child Brewery : A new Wigan brewery ‘Problem Child Brewery’ is shortly to be established in the cottage adjacent to the Wayfarers Inn in Parbold. Something for us all to look forward to we are sure you all agree !!!
Congratulations !!! - congratulations go to Allgates and Prospect breweries who won gold awards at the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) North Region Beer Competition 2010. Allgates won the ‘Strong Ales (over 5.6%)’ category with their 7.1% ‘Mad Monk’ and Prospect won the ‘Milds (Up to 4.0%)’ category with ‘Nutty Slack’ (3.9%) . ‘Nutty Slack’ also won gold award in 2008 and a silver award in 2009. It also won the prestigious silver award at the 2009 National Beer Competition. The beers now go forward for judging at the SIBA National Beer Competition 2011 that takes place at The Canal House, Nottingham on 10 February 2011 however the winners will only be announced at the SIBA Annual Brewing Conference that takes place at Stratford upon Avon on 4 March 2011. We wish both breweries every success in the National competition.
Other news is as follows –
Allgates Brewery : Now brewing two monthly specials in addition to the existing seasonal range. Specials for January are ‘Pacific Jade’ which is number 7 in a series using New Zealand hops and ‘Mad Monk’ (see above). The brewery has been fortunate in obtaining 100kg of Citra hops which are difficult to get hold of. ‘Citra’ and ‘Kiwi Best Bitter’ have now joined the core beer range in place of ‘Reverend Ray’ and ‘Yankee Pale Ale’. ‘Pretoria’ is also being brewed on an occasional basis. The Pretoria pit disaster occurred on 21 December 1910 and Allgates are remembering the disaster with a charity beer. The nominated charity is Wingates Band and 10 pence for every pint of Pretoria sold in the next 12 months will be donated to the band’s funds.
Mayflower Brewery : The brewery is now 10 years old and will be celebrating the event throughout 2011. It was established by Stewart Thompson in December 2000 and after Stewart’s retirement, Alan Brannigan took over the reins full time in June 2007. Alan has recently brewed ‘Douglas Valley’, ‘Tower Hill Bitter’ and ‘Lancashire Stout’. The ‘Lancashire Stout’ was only brewed for Lancashire Day in November but has been brewed again by popular request.
Prospect Brewery : It is now 12 months since the brewery re-located to the Bradley Hall Trading Estate. The brewery is going from strength to strength and has recently installed a new 12 barrel fermenter. They have also purchased a large supply of new barrels to cope with demand. Recent brews have included the seasonal beers ‘Dragon Ale’, ‘Big John’, ‘Panned Out’, Pickaxe’ and ‘Clementine’. Although ‘Panned Out’ is a seasonal beer, this will probably join the core beer range by popular demand. There is a huge demand for bottled beers and the whole batch of ‘Clementine’ was sold out within 3 days. Mini casks which hold 5 litres (approx 8.8 pints) are now available and retail at £14.99. The brewery bar is very popular and is open on Thursdays 4.00pm to 6.00pm and Fridays 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Brewery tours are now available on Thursday evenings for up to 25 guests. The cost is £10 per head or £12.50 per with a hotpot supper and there is a minimum charge of £150.