New beer – August Special – Summersales!

July 6th, 2014

Summersales CollierySummersales Colliery was a drift mine opened c. 1944 to finish off the coal worked by the much larger Pemberton Colliery, owned, by Pemberton Colliery (1929) Ltd. Nationalised in 1947, the drift employed 212 men in 1954, working the Wigan Four Feet & Trencherbone seams. It closed on 18th March 1966.

The photo opp. taken by Derek Winstanley in 1979 shows the Engine House and pit baths at the rear. The entrance to the drift mine was to the right by the trees. The buildings included a screening plant which enabled the coal to be sold directly to coal dealers, hence the name Summersales. It is now however the name of our August Special; we are brewing it Friday.

For more information, comment and local history of Summersales take a look at the excellent Wiganworld website. Summersales Colliery

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New beer – June special – Industrious Bee!

May 25th, 2014

Industrious Bee Colliery was a coal mine operating in the Industrious Beesecond half of the 19th and early part of the 20th Century to the east of Belle Green Lane, Ince, Wigan and closed around 1939. It was known locally as the Busy Bee Pit. It is now however the name of our monthly beer for June.

The grist comprises Maris Otter pale malt and a touch of wheat; as for the hops; single hopped with English Target. Target has excellent, intense aromas of sage, citrus and a spicy undertone in flavour with an excellent intense aroma and is also an effective bittering hop. Read the rest of this entry »

Desert Island Beers!

May 18th, 2014

Desert Island BeersI have been tidying up my brewery EMail inbox of late and see it is nearly 10 months since my last Desert Island Beers post but note I  still have Emails from one or two unpublished castaways; so huge apologies to them.  I have however been extremely busy, earning a living: time is mine enemy and whilst blogging is good for the soul it doesn’t pay bills.

I enjoyed writing the Desert Island posts and reading about the castaways backgrounds and their beer choices. I will over the next few weeks dig out the part finished and unpublished posts; polish and try and post them and see where we end up and if we can resurrecte the series. I hope so; but as in life all good things as indeed all shit things, must come to an end.

New beer – Great Boys!

May 10th, 2014

Great Boys Colliery was a coal mine operating in the second tyldesleyfootballhalf of the 19th century in Tyldesley, Gtr. Manchester. It was sunk on Great Boys farm, which in 1778 was described as a “messuage with eight Cheshire acres of land.” The colliery accessed the Brassey coal seam and the Six Foot mine. The offices and lamp room for the pit occupied the building that is now the Colliers Arms public house, on Sale Lane. On 6 March 1877 eight men died in an explosion of firedamp at the colliery; a further 100 men and boys were burned but survived the explosion. It is now however the name of our World Cup beer. Read the rest of this entry »

A pint of Kama Sumatra, a half of Turd Polish and a packet of crisps, please.

May 4th, 2014

Turd polishWith apologies to Splodgenessabounds….. I have written about sexism on pump clips before and I thought we had seen a fall off in general crudity etc. on them. However after a Sunday evening pint in my local, The Taps in Lytham it would seem not, as on two of the ten wickets tonight were awful pump clips, one from Northumberland Brewery and the other I couldn’t make out. For one, I couldn’t get near that part of the bar and for other I didn’t have my glasses with me. Anyhow I totally ignored them and had a pint of Oakham Brewery Inferno and that was bloody excellent. Am I in the minority though?

I have aired my views before on this subject and can do little better that post an extract from a reply of mine to a blog post from last year, which reply pretty much says where I stand on the subject. Read the rest of this entry »

Re-post – My Beer is bigger than yours – with edit.

April 27th, 2014

I originally posted My Beer is Bigger than yours back in late To Øl Mine is Bigger than Yours XXXL. photo credit to ol.dk.March 2013 having started the post back in December 2012 and then took it out, finished and polished and posted it belatedly.

I had started the post originally after reading Fuggled’s “Too many hops” which then led me to a post written a year earlier by Mark Dredge, ‘Wasting Hops’, on the same subject. These articles and resultant comments had got me thinking back then; actually what is good beer and how many hops is too many? The latest Road to Wigan Beer festival and my post-mortem post, led me to this posting again as one or two hyped beers in this festival whilst good, were not what I would term sessionable. So it just got me thinking again and thought it time to get the debate going again with a re-post of sorts; as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Road to Wigan Beer – Easter 2014 Festival – Post-mortem

April 27th, 2014

Celebrity AutopsyWell as last year not so much a post-mortem but a living autopsy, as the Road to Wigan Beer – Easter 2014 Festival is still on-going; it finishes today. The Festival has again been a huge success – so much so that the 11 day festival was only a 6 day festival in The Victoria they having run out of festival beers early. A few beers remain in our other pubs but all will have finished by Monday/Tuesday. The festival was helped with good Easter weather, bright and dry mostly with Cumulus Mancunia staying away for the holiday break and by Wigan’s Rugby League & Football teams been at home on Easter Monday & Easter Saturday.

The festival comprised 103 beers from some 35 breweries across six of our pubs. There were some standout beers and no real disappointments. The Road to Wigan Beer Bus operated on the Easter Saturday and was again a huge success although with numbers slightly down. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow Jersey – A collaboration brew with Hoponthebike.

April 20th, 2014

Discovering great beer. By bike. HOPONABIKE  is Andy & Simon,static.squarespace.com lovers of all things cycling and all things beer. 

This is the intro from their blog:

We get out biking on weekends and sometimes, when luck goes our way, during the week (apart from the commute, of course). We enjoy discovering new beers of course – be it down the local, on holiday or at one of those rare treats – a beer festival.

Now, we aren’t daft. You can’t just pootle round pubs on a bike all day every day sampling pints as you go. Even after a couple of pints, it’s not the cleverest idea. We’d end up unemployed as well, or living in a hedge. Read the rest of this entry »

All Gates Easter ‘Road to Wigan Beer’ Festival 17th – 27th April 2014 – Photo Competition

April 14th, 2014

Happy-Beer-DrinkersAll Gates’ Easter ‘Road to Wigan Beer’ Festival runs from Thursday 17th April to Sunday 27th April.

At All Gates we occasionally have photos posted on Twitter of our customers enjoying our beers in their favourite pub and so we thought ‘The Road to Wigan Beer’ Festival was a great excuse to run our third  photo competition.

So starting this Thursday, 17th April until the end of the Festival on Sunday 27th April we invite you, to submit your photo/s from an All Gates pub featuring a festival pint. It matters not whether it is you simply supping a pint of beer, or sharing a few pints with your mates or relaxing by the bar with a pint and an attractive lady; although the latter will definitely benefit your chances; all we ask when you post the photo/s is that you advise us which beer it is, which pub and the date. Photos must be shared to Twitter using the hashtag #AllGatesPhoto, to be entered into the competition.  Read the rest of this entry »

27th Wigan Beer Festival

February 10th, 2014

The 27th Wigan Beer Festival for the fifth year running forms part 27th Wigan Beer Festivalof the Wigan Food and Drink Festival. The beer festival is organised by the Wigan branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). The beer festival runs from Thursday 27th February to Saturday 1st March.

The venue is again Robin Park Sports Arena, Loire Drive, Newtown, Wigan, WN5 0UH opposite the DW Stadium. Over 80 real ales, a cider and perry bar, fruit wines, draught and bottled continental beers and lagers will be available and food over all sessions. Read the rest of this entry »