[extract from minutes of Wigan CAMRA Branch meeting on 21st May 2019]
CLAY BROW NANO BREWERY
Locally, Clay Brow beers are available at Windy Arbour Farm Shop and CatHop Beers. A few new ales on the menu: –
• Brennie P’s Best Bitter 4.2% (just been bottled)
• Papa P’s Imperial Kopi Luwak Coffee Stout 8.5%. One of the world’s finest coffees (This will be out in a month or so.).
• A new breakfast stout is planned in the next couple of weeks which will be Bourbon Barrel Aged with Maple.
Sales are continuing to be strong. There has been lots of interest in the new beers we have been making. And there will be lots of new ones to come, so watch this space.
A new New England Session Pale with Citra and Ekuanot has been released along with a Mango & Passionfruit Milkshake IPA, both tasting fantastic. A salted caramel version of Porteresque will also be released soon. Can’t wait for this one.
We are looking at canning some of our beers this summer if we can get ourselves organised.
Twisted Vine : We have 6 ciders for the cider month of May and have a loyalty card system in place throughout the month. We have our Gin tasting night on 4th June with Cuckoo Gin. We have a couple of places left.
Our Cheese, Wine and Live music nights are the first Thursday of the month and the next one is 6th June. The next beer club is on 16 July and they continue to be very popular. Our 2nd Beer Cider & Music Festival will tie in to Cask Ale Week and the dates will be 25th to 29th September. CAMRA will again be invited on the Wednesday evening to taste the full range of beers.
MARTLAND MILL BREWERY
Business is ticking along very nicely at Martland Mill Brewery with good sales to existing customers as well as a few new ones. There are two potential buyers for the brewery so hopefully more news next month.
Paul’s really proud to once again be supplying beer to GBBF as well as the local “Reet Good Beer Festival” in June.
All’s good at the Tap ‘n’ Barrel and there are now three non-Martland Mill beers on as well as three of the house beers.
They have 4 fermenting vessels and they’re working at full capacity. There is a possibility they will be investing in a few more. There has been a Mayflower beer promoted on Facebook, Blonde Bombshell. Alan says the pumpclip was designed whilst he was away working and he has pointed out that many will find the design sexist. The pumpclip is going to be redesigned. This is not a new beer. Blonde Bombshell is Wigan Bier re-badged as beers mentioning the word ‘Wigan’ don’t sell to well in Bolton and St Helens, so it’s just a marketing ploy.
A new beer was brewed at Easter called ‘Hoppin Mad’. It is to join the range of core beers and will be called ‘American Pie’ as it sold so well. It is a 5% American style IPA. One of Alan’s seasonal beers ‘Lemon Head’ a 3.9% Citra, which has been brewed before, is due to be racked this weekend.
PROBLEM CHILD BREWERY
Real ale, rugby and gin at the Wayfarer – Friday through to Monday where there’s a beer festival to accompany Magic Weekend matches in the big screen. Beers and gins from the home towns of all the teams involved will be on sale.
Still up for sale but brewing as normal (4 times a week). A new beer is to be brewed on 22nd May.
Business at the brewery continues to thrive, since the report in March which highlighted that Wigan Brewhouse had its best trading week since the brewery started brewing in December 2017. In April they smashed this record again with an even better result in terms of sales and turnover.
The new beer called “RPM” was launched mid-April and sales have been very good. Some very positive feedback has also been received. “RPM” is a 3.7% citrus golden ale brewed using Citra hops. Looks like another winner for Wigan Brewhouse.
Wigan Brewhouse is continuing to explore the canning of their beers. They expect to producing beer in a can within the next four months. Their beers sold very well at the recent Latics end of season party, held in Mesnes Park.
WILY FOX BREWERY