All Gates Brewery : now reported to be running successful pre-booked brewery tours. We were told recently that the ever-enterprising brewer had problems with the fermentation of a recent batch of ‘Hung Drawn and Portered’ which firmly refused to gain the 5+% abv so he decided to turn it into a 4.5% abv brew with the name of Twist and Stout – yet another nice brew ! It seems that all brews the Allgates produce, even by chance such as this, are well received.
Mayflower Brewery : Stewart has been supervising a new brew and is doing well. Fans of the Mayflower brew may wish to pop along to the Royal Oak for 2pm on 3rd February when the branch proposes to make an award to Stewart.
Rose Bridge Brewery : still getting mixed reports though samples we have had in various outlets recently have been fine.
All Gates Brewery : their ginger beer Bright Blade won beer of the festival at the Warrington Rotary Club OctoberFest – congratulations to all concerned ! Apparently trade is so good they have taken on a second brewer to assist John. The official opening of the brewery took place on 9th November with many local licensees in attendance. The brewery is now operating pre-booked brewery tours.
Mayflower Brewery : fairly positive new on Stuart’s health – apparently so much so that he has developed a new recipe for his team of volunteer brewers. We grow increasingly hopeful of commissioning Stuart to develop a new brew for our 2007 beer festival
Rose Bridge Brewery : slowly regaining the confidence of the trade – watch out for new beers at forthcoming festivals !
All Gates Brewery : from reports we hear of CAMRA colleagues in other North West branches All Gates beers are being very well received when featured at beer festivals. We hear also that Ian has now taken out his Pheonix Arizona pump at the Anvil so that he can feature the All Gates brews on a regular basis. Rumour has it also that All Gates may be getting a Wigan pub.
Mayflower Brewery : due to limited production at present the Royal Oak is unable to feature Mayflower brews as prominently but we remain hopeful of an increase in supply as Stewarts health improves.
Rose Bridge Brewery : earlier problems seem to have been resolved but the brewery will need to work hard to regain the confidence of some publicans in the area. Now regularly brewing a house beer for the Lass o’ Gowrie in Manchester.
All Gates Brewery : now regularly producing Napoleons Retreat and Young Pretender, both very popular and launching a new ginger based brew called Bright Sword.
Mayflower Brewery : Stewart is still poorly but has been supervising brewing recently so the Mayflower pump clips will soon be reappearing at the Royal Oak – our best wishes go to Stewart in his current course of treatment.
Rose Bridge Brewery : currently experiencing one or two hiccups in production but hoping to be back into full swing soon.
All Gates Brewery : not only now open but in full production - apparently several beers have been produced some of which have been named with regard to Wigan’s local history eg Young Pretender. Hopefully soon the brewery will be able to utilise its hospitality suite overlooking the church gardens by offering brewery tours. Branch members were able to sample one of the range (Napoleon’s Retreat) at the Crown at Worthington POTY presentation last weekend.
Mayflower Brewery : branch members were disturbed to hear of Stewart Thompson’s illness as he has been a good friend of the branch over the years. As a result of Stewarts current health we are unlikely to see any new brews from Mayflower for the immediate future though it is understood that production of existing recipes will continue with assistance from willing volunteers. We wish Stewart a speedy recovery.
Rose Bridge Brewery : after a promising start the brewery experienced a couple of minor setbacks in production but is now back on track.