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The Thirsty 30: raise a toast to Britain's best pubs

  14 April 2016
Did you spot us in a recent Daily Telegraph food and drink article exploring the discreet charm of the British boozer?   Ramsbottom is a quirky place in the West Pennines, a dozen miles north of Manchester. They have a steam train, the East Lancs Railway, running through; the annual Old English Game Cock Show; a festival of chocolate and another of jigsaws; not to mention the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, a rerun of the Wars of the Roses in which Lancashire black puddings are hurled at piles of Yorkshire ones. Copy and paste this link for the full review

*New bottled beer*

  11 June 2015
Happy Thursday Folks... Some great news on the run up to the weekend - Our brewers monthly special 'Marshmallow Unicorn' was so popular we decided to bottle it! 'Marshmallow Unicorn Milk Stout 4.4%' - A stout containing lactose. a sugar derived from milk. Being unfermentable it adds sweetness, body and calories to the finished beer. Bottles available now in the brewery tap, all other retailers from next week - please check our stockists page for more information. Enjoy!!    

22 bottles of beer for 22 years of marriage

  10 June 2015
I thought this was a lovely idea and one i'd like to share with you all... Yesterday we had a request from a lady who wanted an anniversary present for her husband. They've been married for 22 years and Lesley found out that traditionally a gift of Copper was given to celebrate 22 years. So today we made a special delivery to Steve of 22 bottles of our 'Copper Plate' best bitter. Congratulations Lesley & Steve on 22 years of marriage!

1940's weekend in Ramsbottom

  25 May 2015
What a fantastic weekend we had here at Irwell Works Brewery. The town was filled with good cheer as people donned their uniforms, tea dresses, dungarees, head scarves and red lippy to celebrate 1940's weekend and remember those who fought for our country. Visitors enjoyed wartime re-enactments, vintage and military stalls and a full military parade as well as tunes from the era from 1940s singers and musicians. We were joined over the weekend by the lovely Clare and Marj for our annual 1940's Singalong... If you joined us this weekend we'd love to see your photo's and hear what you thought - drop us a message via Facebook, Twitter or Email. Head over to our .....Read More

Commemorate WW1 with Irwell Works ales...

  05 November 2014
In June 2014 we were commissioned again by Graham Jones MP for Hyndburn to produce a beer in commemoration of the 'ACCRINGTON PALS' The beer was called 'Lest we forget' and marked the start of WW1 when the Accrington pals battalion were nearly all killed in the first few months of the war. We did three beers which were bottled — they were 'Lions led by Donkey's', Over the Top' & 'Lest we forget' They went on sale on July 1. 2014 which was exactly 98 years since the first day of the Battle of the Somme where hundreds of Pals soldiers were killed or injured in 1914. We went down to the House of commons for a day in June to meet with Graham Jones MP, Coun.....Read More

SIBA Bronze award

  05 January 2014
SIBA Bronze award for standard mild ales was awarded for 'Tin Plate dark mild' at the North west regional beer competition held at hawkshead Brewery in Cumbria in 2013

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