As Prospect Brewery finalise their plans to relocate to Wigan town centre, a new brewery has recently opened ensuring that Standish’s brewing heritage continues. The Windmill Brewery becomes the 8th operational brewery in our CAMRA branch area – three of which opened in 2016. The Windmill Brewery is located at Standish Hall Farm, at the bottom of a gently winding farm track tucked away behind St Maries’ church in Standish. As well as being a marvel of brewing technology, the brewery also contains a rather quirky brewery tap which will be open to the public and promises good craic.
The brand new 10-barrel brewing kit was manufactured in Fort William by Oban Ales and had to be transported by low-loader the 302 miles from north west Scotland. The brewing kit was installed under the watchful eye of their brewery consultant, David Smith. Water for brewing is cold filtered through the shales and sandstones of Rivington in the western Pennines. Hop varieties include Bramling Cross and Pilgrim from Kent, Centennial from America and Poland’s legendary Sybilla. They use only the finest English barley and a strain of the amazing versatile Nottingham Ale Yeast, plus home-brewers’ favourite SO4.
Paul Bolton is the proprietor and driving force behind the brewery. Paul also runs the prestigious West Tower wedding venue in Aughton near Ormskirk and The Windmill pub in Parbold, after which the brewery takes its name. The brewery represents an initial investment of more than £100,000. Two new jobs have been initially created, with up to five staff forecast by the end of the first year’s production. Initial brewing capacity is up to 18,000 pints per week but there is room to expand further.
Richard Anderson is the head brewer. It’s fair to say, Richard has been around the block a bit. For many years, he fine-tuned his hospitality skills working on the great liners of both Cunard and the Union Castle Line. Upon becoming a land-lubber, he ran a range of successful pubs before teaming up with Paul at The Windmill in Parbold. It was there that the pair of them hatched the idea of the Windmill Brewery. After months of intensive training from David Smith, former head brewer at the legendary Sam Smiths in Tadcaster, Richard is now a fully-fledged brewer with his own bitter, to boot.