BrewDog launches video on demand network

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BrewDog has decided that the best way to promote its new video on demand network is via a parody porn website. The BrewDog Network will offer a broad range of beer, food, travel and entertainment shows. The subscription will cost £4.99 per month. [more]

Ex-Wigan police base approved as new brewery

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Plans to establish a micro-brewery on the site of a former police station on Castle Hill Road in Hindley have been given the green light by the town hall. The main building is now a dental laboratory and the brewing process will take the place from an existing garage. [more]

Brewery urged to apologise for ‘inappropriate’ beer

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Tollgate Brewery has been urged to apologise over an “inappropriate” beer named for a Hindu goddess and featuring her image on the label. Members of the Hindu community criticised the brewery over its Kalika IPA, which showed a picture of the goddess (Kalika) who is highly revered in Hinduism. [more]

All change at Windmill Brewery

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Windmill Brewery in Standish have appointed a new Head Brewer. Jon Pilling introduced himself at the most recent Wigan CAMRA Branch meeting and explained the ambitious plans for himself and the brewery. John brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience that will undoubtedly stand them in good stead to achieve their goals.

 

Marston’s seeking to build a new pub in Wigan

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Marston’s are seeking to build a new public house and restaurant on open land south of B&Q on Frith Street on the outskirts of Wigan. Plans also include the development of a 39-bedroomed hotel with associated car parking and ancillary development. The Planning Application was received on the week ending 13th April 2018 and the Planning Application Reference Number is A/18/85336/MAJ.

Microbar to open on outskirts of Wigan

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Plans to transform a former ice-cream cafe into a microbar on the outskirts of Wigan town centre have been green-lit by councillors. Proposals for 57 Kenyon Road, which will see the now-vacant building turned into a upmarket cafe and bar.  Four local businessmen will embark upon the new enterprise, including Phil Cox – co-owner of the Wily Fox Brewery. The bar, named “Sherrington’s” after the hardware store which used to occupy the site, will include a small outdoor seating terrace to the front of the building. [more]

 

Back to brewing in the brewhouse

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Brewing has restarted in what was All Gates Brewery in Wigan town centre, but the brewery now has a new owner and a new name. Martin Blythe has achieved his long-held ambition of getting into the brewing sector by setting up Wigan Brewhouse in the venue off Wallgate. [more]

 

Long-awaited micropub opens in Ashton

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Hophurst Brewery, based in Hindley, has welcomed its first customers through the door of its new microbar after a long saga to gain its own watering hole. The Twisted Vine Ale House, in Ashton-in-Makerfield, is an intriguing blend of old and new, with a modern industrial theme and keg beers alongside no fewer than seven handpumps for real ale including a selection of Hophurst’s own brews. [more]

 

Mark Yates … a sad loss

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Mark Yates, founder and head brewer at Connoisseur Ales in St Helens, sadly passed away earlier today. After many years of home brewing, in 2006 Mark became apprentice to Stan Shaw at the Wapping Brewery in Liverpool. It was from here that he began to brew under the name ‘The Connoisseur Brewer’ and his beers became a regular feature in Liverpool around 2007-2008.

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Thieving Wigan pub worker stole £33,000

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A thieving Wigan pub worker who stole more than £33,000 from his employers to fuel his booze and gambling addictions has avoided jail – and won’t have to pay back a penny to his victims either. In a gross breach of trust, Isaac Greenwood salted the cash away over a period of nine months from the Martland Mill Brewery Company. [more]