All Gates Brewery : Brewing at almost maximum capacity - 7 days a week and occasionally brew twice a day. Their new range of beers which are more hoppy than before appears to have increased demand. 'Session Ale’ has been produced as a traditional house bitter and is selling particularly well at Crooke Hall and the Hare & Hounds at Hindley – it may join their core beer range. Another addition to the core beer range is the re-vamped ‘Reverend Ray’ using the same grain as before but different hops to give the beer a more hoppy taste. Porteresque came in the top five of Sainsbury’s bottled beer competition but did not win this. The joint winners were ‘Taylor’s Tipple’ from Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales and ‘Golden Hare’ from Bath Ales. The Sainsbury’s buyer’s personal favourite was Porteresque and he would like Allgates to supply the beer to their 40-50 North West stores in Spring next year. Allgates are also planning to produce a 7.5% Christmas Brew. Allgates are sponsoring The Thursday open session at the forthcoming North West Winter Ales Festival.
Mayflower Brewery : is not brewing at the present time as they are in the process of moving to new premises at a farm in Up Holland owned by licensees of the Turk’s Head in St Helens.The brewery will use existing kit but may have an additional fermenter so capacity may increase a little - it should be up and running’ by Christmas and will feature a bar for possible brewery trips. The farm has a WN8 postcode therefore the brewery still falls within Wigan CAMRA branch.
Prospect Brewery : A new beer ‘Panned Out’ (4.0% autumnal beer) was launched at the Berkeley Beer Festival and was well received. Patsy will once again be brewing ‘Lancashire Hoptot’ for Lancashire Day (27 November). New outlets for Prospect beers include the Masons Arms at Billinge, Gerrard Arms in Aspull, Thomas Gerrard in Ashton, Wigan Rugby Union Club, Red Lion in Hindley Thomas Burke in Leigh and the Hop Vine at Burscough. Clementine will be brewed soon and in pubs for Christmas. Patsy recently did some ‘Meet the Brewer’ evenings and was interviewed by Becky Want of BBC Radio Manchester. Patsy has also been asked to judge in the Champion Winter Beer competition at the North West Winter Ales Festival.
All Gates Brewery : Porteresque came in the top 5 of the Sainsbury’s bottled beer challenge when the winners were announced last week. It is hoped that a contract can be agreed which will allow it to continue to be marketed in North West stores. No new brews this month. Still looking at developing their core beer range. Yankee Pale Ale was well received and will join the core range as premium strength ale. Looking at the 3.9 ‘Session Ale’ as a replacement for the defunct ‘Napoleons Retreat’. ‘George Lyons’ was brewed last month as a trial beer.
Mayflower Brewery : ‘Toffee Nose’ (4.0%) was brewed for our LocAle festival. Recently brewed ‘Douglas Valley’. Plans to brew ‘Hic Bibi’ in November. Alan is looking for bigger premises and is considering investing in a 5 barrel plant.
Prospect Brewery : Just brewed a ‘Silver Tally’ special using hops picked on the same day. The next new brew is ‘Panned Out’ and is expected to be a 3.9% ruby ale. This will be launched at the Berkeley LocAle festival that takes place on 8th to 11 October and features beers from Bank Top, Allgates, George Wright and Prospect.
Over in Merseyside there is a newish brewery to look out for – Liverpool Organic Brewery - which we first came across at the recent Southport Beer Festival. We were so impressed that we invited them to feature in our recent LocAle event.
All Gates Brewery : Porteresque went on sale on 26th August at 400 Sainsbury’s stores in their British Beer Competition 2009 – there are 15 beers and the winner is the one which sells out first. New seasonal beers recently have been Dry Bones, Barley Brook, Twitter & Bisted and 3.9% Session Ale which may become a new core beer. A new brewer to Allgates (Ian Thorpe of the Anvil) also recently brewed a cask conditioned lager called True Blonde and was marketed as being produced by the ‘Bad Ass’ brewery.
Mayflower Brewery : Alan is still producing his Alden’s Amber, Return of the Red Eye, and Douglas Valley beers and is selling to new outlets in the West Lancs area, he hopes to produce a new beer for the St Helens festival in October .
Prospect Brewery : A third fermenter has been squeezed into the brewery to meet the demand from record sales. New brew ‘Ore Some’ was named in a competition at the Crown @ Worthington, Members who sampled the first brew may wish to note that subsequent brews have had additional lemon grass to the original recipe so the beer is now more flavoursome. The Berkeley are also holding a competition to name Patsy’s next new brew.
All Gates Brewery : Porteresque is one of 15 beers selected for the final in Sainsbury’s British Beer Competition 2009 so due to the quantity required they are concentrating on production of Porteresque - also currently brewing Young Pretender, Mild at Heart, Caskablanca, Groundhop Day and Saving A Pint For Ryan. Mild at Heart and Young Pretender are current core range beers possibly to be joined by Groundhop Day and Saving A Pint For Ryan though re-named as California and Pretoria respectively. There will still be ‘special’ brews but not as many as before. Future brews include a cask conditioned lager and an elderflower beer. Allgates were asked to supply the Royal Party with 3 different types of bottled beers when they visited the North West recently.
Mayflower Brewery : summer beers for 2009 are Alden’s Amber Ale (3.7% - first brewed in January 2009 and now a core beer), Return of the Red Eye (5.2% - a special originally brewed for the March 2009 Wigan Beer Festival being brewed again by popular demand) and Douglas Valley (4.0%). The seasonal beers are – Black Diamond (3.5%) and Hic Bibi. Georgie Porgie was a ‘one off’ brew for St. George’s Day.
Prospect Brewery : Sales are at a record level and production at maximum capacity. ‘Open Cask’ brewed recently. Plans for another new beer within the next few weeks. A competition was held recently at the Crown @ Worthington (current brewery tap for Prospect) to name the new beer and the winning entry was ‘Oresome’. A Wigan CAMRA member has been appointed Assistant Brewer.
All Gates Brewery : won the bitter category beer of the festival at Leicester with "Groundhop Day‟ under tasting panel conditions. "Porteresque‟ has been selected by Sainsbury‟s as one of the final 15 in a bottled beer competition – the challenge now is to produce the requisite 40k bottles.
Mayflower Brewery : have recently brewed ‟Black Diamond Mild‟ and a St Georges Day Special which was available at the Royal Oak.
Prospect Brewery : is in great demand following the various media features and the Silver award from SIBA for Nutty Slack. Patsy is now brewing to capacity with husband John working 2 days a week in the brewery to help out and looking for the space to install a third fermenter to meet the demand.
All Gates Brewery : is a top award winner ! Not for its beer this time but for the pump clip designs in a competition run by the Pump Clip Museum. Second prize went to Cottage Brewery and Third to Northumberland Brewery.
Mayflower Brewery : change of plans – Alan is staying on at the Sandbrook for the time being but does not open the pub until Thursday evening leaving him time at the beginning of the week to brew his beer. He has recently brewed an excellent Hic Bibi and also a brand new beer called Alden’s which is named after the copper on the Mayflower. Alan has also promised a new brew for the Wigan Beer Festival.
Prospect Brewery : no news yet on how the Nutty Slack fared in the recent SIBA competition however on a recent pub survey trip all the Prospect beers on offer at the Windmill in Parbold could easily have been competition winners.
Beers from all of our local breweries will take pride of place at the Wigan Beer Festival
All Gates Brewery : no additional news at present.
Mayflower Brewery : Alan will be moving out of the Sandbrook soon which means he should get more time to concentrate on his brewing.
Prospect Brewery : The brewery is featured in the programme ‘Oz & James Drink To Britain’ which is to be televised on BBC2 on Tuesday 13th from 8:00 to 8:30pm – we hope all our members can watch – set your video or watch it on I-Player ! Prospect have also won a Gold award at the recent Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Northern regional competition in the Mild category for Nutty Slack – the beer will now be judged against other mild winners from the 6 other regional competitions at a contest which will be held in Nottingham from 12th – 15th February, let’s keep our fingers crossed that Patsy gets a special Valentine’s present and does well in this – we will let you know if she wins ! In judging for best regional beer overall from all the category winners it won silver place.