Brewery News [March 2020]

HOPHURST BREWERYHophurst won 6 awards at the SIBA event at BEEREX, including 3 keg awards, with the beers going forward to national awards. Brewing twice this week but sales have dropped dramatically. A new chocolate fudge and vanilla mild is planned but it is uncertain when it will actually be brewed now. Imperial Porteresque is…
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Club News [March 2020]

I was delighted to present the club of the year award on Friday 28 February 2020 at Standish Unity Club. The event was well attended and was pleased to see a high proportion of Wigan CAMRA members present. A group photograph of the presentation will feature on the front cover of the April addition of…
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Pub News [March 2020]

The Shamrock, Preston Road, Standish is currently closed and the windows have been boarded up. The pub is owned by Hawthorn Leisure, a New River Company, who are said to be looking for a new landlord for the historic pub. Awaiting further news. As many of you may have heard the Prince William pub in…
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Brewery News [February 2020]

CLAY BROW NANO BREWERYA New England IPA and a coffee stout are in the pipeline. MARTLAND MILL BREWERYDespite all the Dry January hype trade has remained steady. They’re currently working on developing a new beer which will hopefully be available soon. PROBLEM CHILD BREWERYAnother beer festival is being planned for the rugby league Magic Weekend…
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Club News [February 2020]

The extended opening hours at the Standish Unity Club continue to prove popular. On the other hand, real ale prices have increased by 10p a pint to £2.80 a pint which hasn’t proved quite as popular as the new opening hours. I am pleased to report that Standish Unity Club was voted club of the…
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New managers at The Crown in New Springs

After more than 10 years at the helm, Kent Winrow has stepped down as landlord at this popular pub in New Springs on the outskirts of Wigan. He has been replaced by local residents, Lynn and Steve Salter. Thankfully, they aim to keep it as a traditional pub serving cask ale. For more, see https://bit.ly/2PuKgnW
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Paul calls time on Martland Mill Brewery

After nearly five years at the helm, Paul and Delia Wood have decided to call time on the brewery they established in March 2014. The brewery has been put up for sale so that they could focus more on family life. However, the Tap ‘n’ Barrel, Martland Mill’s micropub in Jaxon’s Court, will still be…
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Craft Beer and Gin Bar opens in Orrell

Posthouse, which is next to the post office on Orrell Road but actually takes its name from the Orrell Post crossroads and its nearby monument, is a craft beer and gin bar created by company Hop and Fizz. Ashton-born Dan Osborne is behind the bar as manager after a career including working at a convention…
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Hophurst Brewery scoops top award

At the recent Manchester Beer and Cider Festival, Hindley-based Hophurst brewery took the spoils from the Manchester Brewers Challenge thanks to its milkshake porter “Porteresque”. The 5.5% dark beverage was crowned by a panel of blind tasting judges as the favourite cask ale put forward by Greater Manchester and Manchester breweries for sampling. For more,…
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New owner for the Crown at Worthington

Publican, a local Wigan company, has purchased The Crown at Worthington and plans to open it once more as a pub, restaurant and small hotel more than two years after it closed its doors. The Crown closed in early 2016 and plans were initially submitted to the council for a housing development to go there.…
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