There is currently six breweries operational within a few miles of Wigan town centre. For more information about each brewery, select from the options below :-
ALL GATES BREWERY
The Old Brewery, Brewery Yard, Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1JU. Telephone : 01942 234976. [website] [twitter]
Since 2006 AllGates has been brewing fine craft beers in the heart of Wigan, in a fully restored 19th Century Grade II-listed, tower brewery, in the process re-establishing brewing in the town centre after a near forty year absence, following the closure of Moorfield’s Brewery in the 1970’s.
First brew was 'Napoleon’s Retreat' (3.8%) - a well-rounded traditional ale, made with three types of malt and three varieties of hops. This was quickly followed by 'Young Pretender' (3.8%) - a very pale beer, very crisp, with an aroma of citrus fruit, leading to a dry and hoppy finish. Other early brews include 'Brightblade' (4.0%) and 'Bottoms Up' (4.2%).
All Gates are distributors of real ciders from Gwynt y Ddraig from South Wales, Sandford Orchards of Devon, Thistly Cross from Scotland and Hallet’s of Somerset and deliver to pubs, bars and restaurants throughout the North West.
The brewery overlooks the parish church gardens in the centre of Wigan. Despite its ancient surroundings, the brewery is a high-tech modern operation consisting of a brand new Vincent & Jonson 5-barrel plant, which is capable of producing 35 barrels per week. A bar has been installed in the brewery. A great place to sample the Allgates brews. Brewery trips for up to 30 people.
Unit 8, Hindley Business Centre, Platt Lane, Hindley, WN2 3PA. Telephone : 01942 522333. [website] [twitter] [facebook] [
Hophurst Brewery are a pioneering microbrewery producing finely crafted ales from the heart of Wigan Borough. They are unique in the industry as the first social enterprise microbrewery that re-skills and employs people over the age of 50 through their training and re-skilling programme. Their mission with this is to give new vigour, new passion and new purpose to an often overlooked community demographic.
Founded by head brewer Stuart Hurst the Hophurst tagline 'Crafted with a Conscience' is no marketing gimmick. Along with his unquenchable passion for producing craft ales Stuart's background as a council project manager saw him develop and deliver community projects that reskilled the disadvantaged and enabled individuals to re-enter the labour market and gain previously unattainable employment. Combing these 2 areas of expertise gave birth to the concept of a social enterprise microbrewery - up-skilling our local community through the art of fine brewing.
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MARTLAND MILL BREWERY
5 Otterwood Square, Wigan WN5 0LF. Telephone : 01942 665656. [website] [twitter] [
Martland Mill Brewery is a new Wigan brewery that opened in July 2014. It is owned by husband and wife team Paul and Delia Wood. Real ale has been a passion of theirs for many years; and after Paul had the opportunity to work voluntarily at Burscough Brewery and then Bank Top Brewery, they decided to realise their dreams, and establish a brewery of their own.
Their beer is hand crafted using a pre-owned seven barrel plant from East Coast Brewery. All their beers will be brewed using the traditional British brewing process. They will be brewed using the finest ingredients of malted barley, English and new world hops, brewers yeast and water.
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PROBLEM CHILD BREWERY
1-3 Alder Lane, Parbold, Wigan, WN8 7NL. Telephone : 01257 464600. [website] [twitter] [
The establishment of the Problem Child Brewery in Parbold has indeed turned out to be a bit of a 'problem child'. After months and months of wrangling and planning appeals, local authority permission has finally been granted (September 2012) to proceed with the brewery, which is to operate from a glass extension to the front of the Wayfarer Country Pub & Restaurant.
Rachel and Jonny Birkett are the brain-child behind the Problem Child. A 5-barrel plant was installed by brewery specialist Vincent Johnson and the first bews were produced on 15th June 2013.
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Unit 11, Bradley Hall Trading Estate, Bradley Lane, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0XQ. 01257 421329. [website] [twitter] [facebook] [
Patsy Slevin is the owner and head brewer (or brewster, as female brewers are more commonly known). Patsy learned her trade at Bank Top Brewery from where she subsequently acquired a 5-barrel plant in April 2007. The name of the brewery is derived from its original location - at the top of 'Prospect Hill' in the garage of a private residence belonging to Patsy's mother-in-law (Beth Slevin).
By August 2007, their first beers were being brewed - 'Pioneer' and 'Gold Rush'. The beers were initially delivered to the Dog and Partridge in Standish and the Crown at Worthington. In January 2010, the brewery moved to it's current location and upgraded to a 12.5 barrel plant. The 'old' plant was acquired by Raw Brewery in Derbyshire and is currently still in use.
Prospect beers are highly acclaimed and have won several awards at both regional and national levels. In June 2012, Prospect acquired their first pub - The Silver Tally in nearby Shevington Moor. The pub was originally called the Forresters Arms but was renamed after Prospect's signature beer.
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WELLCROSS BREWING COMPANY
Wellcross Farm, 123 Tower Hill Road. Upholland, Skelmersdale, WN8 0DS. [facebook] [twitter]
Brewery established in August 2012 using a 2-and-a-half barrel plant. A collaboraion between award-winning brewer Gary Rice, of Wapping and Liverpool One brewery fame, and Daryl Arrowsmith, licencee the of Turks Head in St Helens.
As at October 2013, it is not clear if the brewery is still in production or of any future plans. Watch this space !!
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