Brewery News [November 2019]

[extract from minutes of Wigan CAMRA Branch meeting on 14th November 2019]

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The new owner Rob Jolly and head brewer Luke have been working hard together with Paul to get the stock levels back up after the takeover. At the brewery yesterday (28/10) I saw the first barrels going out for sale. With his background in sales, Rob’s keen to get out and promote their beers and is always on the lookout for any opportunities and feedback.

They’ve also produced their first seasonal Halloween beer “Headless Horseman” which is a 4.1% pale beer. The new “Surebrew” yeast which they were trialling was a bit slow to start with but now seems more efficient and is now to be the preferred yeast albeit a little more expensive.

Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing how the brewery develops since both Rob and Luke are really enthusiastic about the business and the beers they produce.

New Christmas beers Brewdolf and Hoppy Christmas have been brewed and are available in bottle and cask. The brewery has acquired two additional fermenters. The brewery has taken over a microbar in Darwen called Cask but an update is awaited on the new bar on Bolton station. Alan Brannigan has now sold his interest in the brewery.
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The new owners are moving up to the North West this week and the beers are definitely being brewed in the brewery in Standish. The beers have been available in a number of local pubs.

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Business at the brewery continues to thrive. Sales are holding up well in preparation for the annual increase over the December holiday period.

A new special beer has been brewed for November called “Idaho”. It is 4% AVB pale ale brewed with a single American hop called Idaho gem. This hop gives the beer distinct aromas of pineapple, cherry, candied fruit along with herb and spice undertones.

This continues on from the previous two single hopped beers, Galaxy in September and Ekuanot in October, both of these beers were very well received.

The December special will be “Mad Monk”, this is Allgates brewery classic imperial Russian stout with an ABV of 7.1%. The beer is a complex stout with a frothy tan head, deep rich malt flavours and hop character. A great winter warmer. Mad Monk won a SIBA national gold award back in 2011.

There was a Wigan Brewhouse tap takeover at the Albion, Standish 0n the 25 – 27 of October with a full range of Wigan Brewhouse beers available. Hot food was also made available on the Friday and Saturday evening courtesy of Martin Blythe, Managing Director of Wigan Brewhouse. I attended on Friday and Saturday and both days were very busy. Feedback on the beers was extremely positive and all beers sold out. Overall a great weekend for the Albion, Wigan Brewhouse and real ale drinkers.

Wigan Brewhouse has recently taken delivery of some new pin casks in order to meet sales demands. They have also purchased a stock of 5lt mini casks. This will allow people to take home beer following brewery tours.

First news is we welcomed Carmelo from Northern Whisper to Wily Fox Brewery on Tuesday this week. We’ve have brewed a Champagne IPA at 4.8%, cannot wait to try this beer!

Our seasonal special beer Ruby Fool is going very well a 4.2% with some big flavours from Amarillo and Jester hops, giving floral and tropical nose. Out next week is a brew of Dublin Up stout 4.5%, velvety moreish Irish stout with chocolate and cappuccino flavours on the palate.

We have canned our Uberlegen Craft Pilsner, looking forward to getting these in stock soon, we plan to can some of our other beers too in the near future.