Long-awaited micropub opens in Ashton

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…
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A sparkling creation …. in Ince

The beer sparkler ….. possibly one of the world’s greatest inventions for beer? Guaranteed to give a ‘good head’ on a pint of beer which it is generally loved by us Northerners and despised by Southerners. Incredibly the beer sparkler was first patented over 130 years ago – by George Barker in 1886. His patent…
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Mark Yates … a sad loss

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…
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Classic movie inspires pub launch

The new owners of a Wigan pub hope they are in the fast lane to success with a venue built around two wheels and an entertainment superstar. Business partners Darren Cooper and Dave Holt have reinvented the former Hockery Brook pub in Hindley as Formby’s, a celebration of ukulele-wielding musician and actor George Formby and…
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Wigan Central make it to the final !!!

Wigan Central has just been voted into the final four in the National Pub of the Year organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Massive congratulations to manageress, Jo Whalley, and all her hard-working and dedicated staff. A further round of voting will take place before the eventual winner will be announced in February…
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Haigh Hall’s Foodie fest set to be a winner with a German Beer Festival

A three-day Oktoberfest will run from September 29 to October 1, and will take place in a large marquee with a connecting Bavarian Biergarten next to the kitchen courtyard as part of the Haigh Hall Food Festival. Oktoberfest times are: Fri Sept 29 7pm to midnight (tickets only); Sat Sept 30, noon to 5.30pm (open…
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