Dunscar Bridge Brewery, based on the outskirts of Bolton, have ceased trading and gone into administration.
The brewery was formed in 2009 as a small 3.5 brewers’ barrel plant in the Brewhouse pub in Dunscar Bridge. In 2017, a new brewing plant was sourced and installed nearby in the former Dunscar Bridge textile processing works. The new brewery had approximately ten times the capacity of the old one at 27.5 brewers barrel. By 2015 the brewery was owned by a combination of family members and best mates.
It’s always sad when a brewery with a long tradition falls upon hard times.
The much anticipated brewery tap for Northern Monkey Brew Company opens it’s doors to the public from 12 noon tomorrow (21st September, 2018). It;s conveniently located on Nelson Square in Bolton – just a 5 to 10 minute walk from Bolton Interchange. Also expect beers from other local breweries (such as Blackedge and Holy Well) plus cider and craft keg. Check out the entry on CAMRA’s Whatpub.
Stewards Nigel and Sharon Porter of Flixton Conservative Club have give notice and will be leaving the club on 4th November. The couple have been instrumental in the club winning an abundance of CAMRA awards – six consecutive branch Club of the Year, a sequence of regional awards and currently the reigning CAMRA National Club of the Year. Without doubt they will be sorely missed and a hard act to follow.
The Cricketers Arms in St Helens, CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year, has had a loyalty card scheme for real ales and real ciders for over 5 years. Unfortunately a number of forged cards have been handed in over the past few weeks. Consequently, it’s been decided to scrap the scheme with immediate effect. People who have full cards you will have 4 weeks to cash them in and get a free pint. Also, existing loyalty cards will continue to be stamped until the deadline date of 14th October. The pub still provides 20p a pint discount for CAMRA members and will be considering alternative loyalty schemes in the future. The announcement was made on the pub’s Facebook pages.
The Nook and Cranny in Bromley Cross and Bunburys on Chorley Old Road in Bolton were targetted by the same burglars on the same night (14th September). Despite the obvious distress and devastation, both bars to their credit managed to re-open the following day. Although you can’t tell from the photograph, one of the burglars was wearing a cream and black NY Yankee’s cap and a green coat. Let’s hope that the thieves get caught soon and dealt with accordingly.
The Hearts of Oak pub on Adelphi Street in Preston, in the shadow of the university, has been given a new lease of life. It’s been re-branded as the Vinyl Tap, which becomes a cafe bar and record store. It will have an independent cask ale offering six cask ale pumps and one craft beer on draught. Planned opening is 8th September. [twitter]
Parker Brewery, in Banks near Southport, announced that nearly all the major building work has been completed on their rustic-style microbar in Southport. The ‘Beer Den’ is located on Duke Street in Southport town centre. [twitter] [more]
Gibberish brewpub on Caryl Street in Liverpool announced, via twitter, that it will be closing as a regular bar and devoting itself only to monthly beer events. Expect 12 new beers each month for a Thursday-Sunday mini fest, starting 27-30 September. The boutique brewpub was opened in December 2017 by Gaz Matthews, co-founder of Mad Hatter Brewing Company. [more]
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Beatnikz Republic brewery announced that work has commenced on their bar based on Tariff Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. [more]
On the same street, Leeds-based Northern Monk brewery are also opening a bar in a premise that used to house the popular Kosmonaut bar. [more]
Adrian and Jackie Norris moved to South Lakeland in 2009 from Manchester and set up Kirkland News which offers customers craft beer in bottle and cans. Their new establishment, named ‘Indie Craft Beer’ offers customers four keg lines as well as the bottles and cans. [more]