Behind Closed Doors: A glimpse at the history of Thwaites

Although the sight of Thwaites’ brewery tower bluntly prodding the grey clouds above Blackburn is a familiar one, it’s not a view that will endure. As Thwaites completes its half-decade long relocation project to the Ribble Valley, some four miles north west of its iconic Penny Street factory, the people who’ve grown used to the […]

The greatest pump clip of all time

Stop trying. It’s over. The greatest pump clip of all time has been created. The bells have cracked. The sun: Eclipsed. The birds are hushed and the trees have ceased to sway. In the pursuit of perfection, a masterpiece of our time has been released from its marble monolith of InDesign; chiselled deftly with love […]

My 2017 hopes and dreams for beer in North and East Lancashire

I think we’ve all read enough internet news by now to know that in the first waking days of 2017, craft beer is booming/slumping and cask beer is doing well/shite and that people are really starting to love/hate beer in all it’s interesting/unnecessarily complex forms. Where I am however, it’s a little different. Speaking to Boak […]

Beer tasting #2 – this time it’s Christmassy

What makes a beer Christmassy? Round 2 of our beer tasting saga was heralded by a picture message from Jason (Menzies, cellar manager of Bowland Brewery’s Holmes Mill bar) of four Christmassy beers. November is the new December. The aim was to judge how Christmassy each brew made us feel. The intention wasn’t to judge […]

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