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Jul 23

Why having no time or money is a good thing

We are 3 years into our beery adventure and we still have no time or money. We reckon that is a good thing. It all started with a stall selling interesting bottled beer at a local farmers’ market. We had no idea at the time that it would lead to us brewing but here we are …

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Apr 18

Living the dream.

I was standing at the bar at Bolton Beer Festival having a chat with Matt from Rammy Craft. The subject had turned to the part of the process that we enjoy the most. Brewing is creative. You start with raw ingredients and try to turn them into something wonderful. It is a buzz and I …

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Feb 19

A proper Dubday afternoon

It all started with a chance meeting with the DUB boys in Bunburys a couple of weeks ago. I had just ordered my father-in-law a pint of DUB Tropicana (great name) when I noticed them at the bar in DUB hats and fleeces. It was good to finally meet them all and have a chat. …

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Feb 17

Hopstar – In the heart of Darwen’s community

Hopstar Brewery from Darwen is one of the staples of the Lancashire Beer Circle. We have got to know brewer Natalie well and she often drops us a few cases off as she is out and about delivering. A thing that she loves to do. Hopstar was born out the hobby of beer lover Barry …

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Feb 17

Less haste and more speed

We are now almost 3 years into this beery adventure and a year into brewing commercially. We do this in our spare time and sometimes we just get caught up in real life  and the months slip by. Today was meant to be a a brew day but my son was ill. A change of …

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Feb 17

Will the Holy Citra please stand up

What is it about Citra that draws me in for more? No doubt about it, I am a sucker for Citra. We created a single hop Citra as a test brew over Christmas and have been trying it out on folk since. Signs were good when when I passed Phil a glass after just 2 …

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Feb 14

Monsters to the left of me, Scotsman to the right.

Torrside Brewing have come across my beery path a couple of times in the last fortnight and I have enjoyed it each time. We pretty much go for Lancashire beers but for Torrside, we will happily make an exception. It started with a tweet from Daryl at Bunburys about a Rauch-Off between a cask Torrside and …

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Feb 10

First stop Wigan Central

Patsy from Prospect Brewery was one of the first people we got to know when we started our beer stall. We would head over to Standish on a Thursday or Friday and enjoy the buzz of the bar plonked in the middle of the brewery. It was like a gentleman’s club and would slowly fill …

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Feb 08

Beer Nouveau and the Manchester Body Snatchers

Having picked up a couple of interesting bottles from Daryl at Bunburys, I settled down to a Beer Nouveau Body Snatcher. We sold quite a few Beer Nouveau when they were being produced out of a Prestwich garage and going over there to pick up and have a chat was always a pleasure. The smoked, …

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Feb 08

Bunbury’s Rauch off and a dash through Chorlton

February arrived with a summing up of the last couple of days of January. Ended up in the Wilton Arms on Belmont Rd, Bolton on Saturday evening. They always have York brewery Guzzler on in the Wilton and I made enquiries as to the link. It turns out that the Wilton is owned by Mitchells …

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