Every town would have its own brewery. People drank weak beer because the water wasn't fit. Preston had Matthew Brown and the old maps show the malthouses.
Like most industries it's gone. Although there are a few independants in the area.
Bowland, Moorhouses of Lancashire, Dent of Cumbria
Update in 2015 and craft beers are all the rage. Made in micro-breweries and often sold in small 330ml bottles at a premium price. The taste is the thing they say. Roll on to 2016 and the big brewers are taking over craft brewers, they can smell the money, but how long will the craze last.
We heard of this one but haven't tasted it.
Matthew Brown, 1807 - 1883, started brewing and running pubs in 1830. His brewery was in Pole / Percy Street which is between the bus station and Church Street and his pub the Anglers Inn was on Lords Walk. In 1883 he had malthouses at Lark Hill, Maudland, Moor Park and Lawson Street and 46 pubs / beer licences. Old Tom was a speciality and was well known as a strong beer. In 1927 Matthew Brown took over the Lion Brewery of Nuttalls in Blackburn and moved the business to there. Many pubs in Preston still carry traces of the Matthew Brown name. In 1987 it was taken over by Scottish and Newcastle. In 1991 S&N closed the brewery and moved production to Nottingham. In 2008 the business was carved up by Carlsberg and Heineken and in general Heineken operate the S&N part. (ref. People of Old Preston, Keith Johnson for the fuller story).
Brewery in Blackburn since 1807. Large independant brewer.
2011: International Cask Ale Bronze Medal DANIEL THWAITES PLC – FLYING SHUTTLE,
Silver Medal DANIEL THWAITES PLC - SMOOTH
Gold Medal DANIEL THWAITES PLC – WAINWRIGHT
Brewery in Burnley. Small real ale brewer.
2011: International Cask Ale Gold Medal Award, MOORHOUSE’S BREWERY – BLACK CAT
250 Accrington Rd, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 5EN
Good stuff, available in Booths.
Holmes mill, Greenacre St, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
Blackburn. Small real ale brewer.
Cartford, Little Eccleston. Small real ale brewer.
At Samlesbury is a large brewery owned by InBev one of the worlds largest brewers. It was built in the late 1960's when its main produce was lager. The brewery was formerly owned by Whitbread and was taken over by Interbrew who are now InBev following their merger with AmBev, of South America) in 2004. Boddingtons beer is now brewed here.
Hawkshead Brewery has a brewery and beer hall in Stavely which is by-passed by the main road to Windermere, about 7 miles from Windermere.
Mill Yard, Staveley, Cumbria LA8 9LR. Brewery: 01539 822644The Beer Hall: 01539 825260
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