Celebrate National Beer Day
Today marks Britain's National Beer Day and to celebrate, we explore our fantastic range of local and regional craft ales. Always changing and always delicious, let's find out more about these magnificent breweries.
BANK TOP BREWERY (Bolton)
Bank Top Brewery is our home town of Bolton’s oldest and most acclaimed brewery. Founded in 1995, it is nestled in the former mill village of the same name. Their custom-built 11-barrel brew plant is housed in the picturesque Grade II listed tennis pavilion, where they brew an average of 22,000 pints per week.
Bank Top pay homage to the history of British brewing by using floor malt from the oldest working malting – Warminster Maltings (founded 1855) and also Crisp Malt (founded 1870). They strive to preserve the traditional styles and methods of brewing whilst raising the profile of craft beer and have two successful pubs that regularly win accolades from Bolton CAMRA.
RIVINGTON BREWING CO (Bolton)
Rivington lies in the woodlands and farmland of the hilly outskirts of Bolton. Rivington Brewing Co was founded in 2014 as a modern craft farmhouse brewery and tap room, focusing on innovative modern styles, while drawing inspiration from the past.
They draw ideas from around the world to create the best beer in styles loved by the local northern communities, treading a line in their geographical placement on the cusp of both countryside Lancashire and urban Manchester.
CLOUDWATER BREW CO (Manchester)
Manchester's Cloudwater Brewery have gained cult status since their founding in 2014 with craft ale lovers across the UK. Their uncompromising modernity is matched by the skill of their brewing.
Known for great diversity and excellent consistency, with ever changing seasonal beers and high profile collaborations. The brewery sits in the centre of Manchester and has certainly become central to the city's cultural life.
ALPHABET BREWING CO. (Manchester)
Alphabet Brewing Co. are another excellent Manchester city brewery, matching great design with great ales. Founded in 2014 in their railway arch brewhouse, they have made hop-forward and fruit-led beers designed for everyone to enjoy, striving for quality and letting their passion show through their beers.
MARBLE BREWERY (Manchester)
The oldest of our Manchester breweries offered, Marble Brewery have been brewing since 1997. Forward-thinking and genre-defining, they started with more traditional cask beers brewed in the back room of the grand Victorian pub in Ancoats. Their years of knowledge and growing demand from their breweries/taphouses in Manchester city centre has led to their excellent contemporary craft beers being produced from a new, state-of-the-art brewery in Salford.
THIRST CLASS ALES (Stockport)
Stockport's Thirst Class Ales was founded in 2016 and continues to thrive as a micro brewery creating exciting hand crafted beers. The founder began with home brewing as a university student in the 1990's, eventually leading to winning medals at national ale events after the millennium. A prize of collaborating with one of the founders of Cloudwater led to the founding of Thirst Class who have brewed more than 100 different beers to great acclaim.
TWISTED WHEEL BREWERY (Warrington)
Finally, Twisted Wheel brewery in Warrington continue with their strong reputation for creating a range of beers that can be enjoyed by everyone. Inspired by one of the most exciting music and dance movements, The Northern Soul scene, they produce soulful beers with no compromise.