Category: Beer Diary

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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Jan 30

Symbiotic relationships in Hindley and beyond

Tuesday saw me wandering around the Hindley area of Wigan looking for a decent pint. A good few pubs to choose from but most have standard fare and they are about something other than beer. That is fine by me and the average punter by the looks of things. It is a shame. I would like …

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Jan 24

Allgates Sloe Stout in the White Lion, Leigh

I found myself back at Bunburys (Chorley Old Rd Bolton) for the 2nd Friday on the trot. Good way to catch up local beer scene and chat with owner Daryl. Sitting on the bar there is a half a Hook Island Red (Five Points Brewing Co) which Daryl had on keg. 6% Red Rye Ale made …

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Jan 20

Bunburys. A good place to just sit down for a while

Started off with a trip to the Bank Top Brewery Tap on Belmont Rd on a very rainy Thursday evening. No matter what time I go in the Tap, it always seems to have a bit of a buzz going on and tonight was no different with Dave Sweeney in his place at the end …

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Jan 13

Cracking our first ever bottle

We bottled our first ever commercial brew a week ago and since then there have been 6 bottles staring at me from the corner of the room. I managed to create a rationale for opening one today. We think that it needs a month or so in the bottle before we begin to sell it …

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Nov 09

The birth of a brewery

The decision to start our own brewery has been a little while in the making. Since starting to get to know a multitude of Lancashire brewers we have been chatting about it on and off  and then it all came about quite suddenly. Once the decision was made it was about the process of being …

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