All Gates Brewery Ltd, The Old Brewery, Brewery Yard, Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1JU.
Telephone : 01942 234976. Fax : 01942 824583
Commenced brewing in July 2006. 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%). John Woodhead is the head brewer behind these masterful brews.
The brewery is housed in a listed building overlooking 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 with wonderful views over the parish church gardens. A great place to sample the Allgates brews. Brewery trips for up to 30 people commenced in September 2006 and include the traditional Wigan supper of pies and peas.
The Allgate beers are rapidly gaining popularity and have already featured at The Crown in Worthington ; the Ship and Mitre in Liverpool ; the Bridge Bier Huis in Burnley ; the Crescent at Salford and the Smithfield Hotel in Manchester. Within weeks of opening, Allgate beers made an appearance at the Black Horse Beer Festival in Darwen and the Sutton Oak Beer Festival in St Helens.
Website : www.allgatesbrewery.com