Brewery News [February 2020]

[extract from minutes of Wigan CAMRA Branch meeting on 19th February 2020]

A New England IPA and a coffee stout are in the pipeline.

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Despite all the Dry January hype trade has remained steady. They’re currently working on developing a new beer which will hopefully be available soon.

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Another beer festival is being planned for the rugby league Magic Weekend this year.

Roy has passed the contact details for the new owners to Carol to enable her to request updates.

Brewing equipment is still a 10 barrel plant, comprising 1 mash tun, 1 copper, 2 fermenting vessels & 2 conditioning tanks. To increase production, the plan is to add 3 more fermenting vessels: – 1 in near future, 1 in late spring & the 3rd in late summer. Addition of a HopRocket to dry-hop the brews is also planned.

At present all beers are cask but by the end of Feb the brewery plan to have some in keg and, further in the future, some in cans. They are also working towards having some in bottles (on a deposit returnable basis – like the good old days).

They’ll continue with the same 3 core beers (Ten Pin Bitter, Sunday Sessions Pale Ale, & Big Black Smoke Porter) plus 2 seasonal ones at any one time from a pool of 12 – on the day I last visited they were brewing Harlem Shuffle, an American style Brown Ale, 4.6% ABV, triple hopped with Mt Hood, Warrior & Cascade and the plan for the following day was to brew a 3.7% session bitter (sorry, didn’t get further details of this).

Workforce is now 6: owners Mark & Helena in the office; head brewer, Jon; assistant brewer, Laura; manager & sales assistant, Joe; drayman, Anthony.

A forthcoming event (in March but before next Branch meeting, so mentioned here) is the brewery’s mini tap takeover at the Buffet Bar on Stalybridge Station on Thurs 12th March (11am – 11pm). But before that, some of Twisted Wheel’s beers will be on at our Festival next month.

As Wigan Brewhouse enters its third year of trading, things are looking very positive. Sales and revenue continue to grow. The introduction of the beer of the month has proved very popular and has given head brewer Jonathan Provost the opportunity to experiment with new and interesting brews.

Wigan Brewhouse beers were on sale at the Manchester Beer Festival in January 2020. They will also be on sale at the Wigan Beer Festival at the beginning of March 2020. Wigan Brewhouse are again major sponsors at this fantastic event and will be sponsoring polo shirts for all festival volunteers.

Beer of the month for January 2020 is called Nelson Sauvin. A pale beer with a clean aftertaste, brewed with a single hop, Nelson Sauvin. This ale has an ABV of 4.2%. Available for sale week commencing 3 February. So overall a great start to 2020.

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