Tuesday, 14 May 2013

East Lancs. beer drinkers have never had it so good!

A FEW LOCAL BEERS TO CHOOSE FROM!
No, you have not misread the headline! Let me explain.

I am sure you often find beer choice and value, is the topic of conversation down the local boozer. Sometimes, it's the only subject mentioned in dispatches!

Well, I have to say in East Lancashire, discerning ale drinkers have never had a better choice of beer, or indeed better value.

The increase in the number of micro-breweries in the area, has undoubtedly been the reason. Quite remarkable, in the present economic climate.

To be honest, I have lost count of how many have commenced 'rolling out' production. I certainly cannot keep track of the number of fine ales there are to choose from.

PLENTY OF BITE & DEPTH IN THIS BREW!
Let's take the small town of Darwen, near Blackburn, as an example of this flourishing industry.  

They boast FOUR breweries - namely, Fallons, Hopstar, Jubilee Tower and Snaggletooth. 

And just up the road in Feniscowles, is one of my favourite micro's - the Three B's Brewery, situated at the rear of the Black Bull pub.

Is it summat in the water? Perhaps, as all five,brew exceptional beer. 

You will also find their ales are value for money too - in many instances, 20-30p cheaper than some of the more larger,reputable brewers.

Ten miles down the M65 in Burnley,  Moorhouse's have put the town firmly on the beer brewing map. However, we witness small, flourishing breweries once more - giving the area's ale drinkers an ever widening choice.   

The town boasts three small brewers - Reedley Hallows, Worsthorne and Moonstone - who run their brewery from the Ministry of Ale pub.

MICK WHITTAKER ROLLING OUT FINE ALES
Again, all three brew exceptional ale. Worsthorne in particular is gaining a fast growing reputation. Their beers are very much in demand and I see them outgrowing the 5 barrel plant on the outskirts of the town.

So, perhaps you are not too surprised at the headline now? And I am sure you can tell a similar tale about the small brewers in your area.

Aye, discerning beer drinkers have never had it so good, for choice and value..... Agreed?