BREWERY OPEN DAYS
Wigan Brewhouse on Friday 20th September. Ticketed event due to size of brewery. Tickets are £5 each and includes 2 free pints. Tickets available from The Crooke Hall Inn, Wigan Central and the brewery.
Hophurst Brewery in Hindley on Saturday, 21st September. A beer bus will be in operation from Wigan town centre.
Prospect Brewery bar will be open on 19th-21st and 26th-28th September. A chance to meet the new owners and take a look around the brewery.
Mayflower Brewery will have a pop-up bar and Meet the Brewer event on 28th September at the Royal Oak in Wigan, a former home of the brewery.
NEW BEERS & COLLABORATIONS
Hophurst Brewery have collaborated with two local pubs (Kore in Hindley and John Bull Chophouse) in producing new beers specially for Wigan Beer Week. The John Bull Chophouse will be launching their beer (Bitter Sweet Symphony, 6.5%) at 7pm on 20th September. Kore will be launching their beer (Kore Blimey!, 4.2%) at 7pm on 19th September.
Wigan Brewhouse have collaborated with a group of local home brewers to create a new beer for Wigan Beer Week. The beer is a hoppy American amber called ‘Back to Back’ and will be available at their open evening on 20th September.
Prospect Brewery have brewed a new beer (Sterling Archer, 4.2%) for Wigan Beer Week which is likely to be available on the brewery bar throughout Wigan Beer Week.
The Twisted Vine Alehouse in Ashton-in-Makefield are hosting a Beer, Cider and Music Festival from 26th-29th September. A preview night for CAMRA members will be held on 25th September.
Wigan Central are hosting a festival of German beers (Not-toberfest) from 27th-29th September.
The Swan and Railway in Wigan are hosting a Celebration of Heritage Beers from 19th-22nd September.
The Tap ‘n’ Barrel in Wigan will be histing a beer festival from 27th-29th September.
The Raven are hosting a ‘Beer and Pie Festival’ from 19th-29th September. A celebration of beer and ale infused pie fillings.
Little Fifteen are hosting ‘Food and Beer Festival’ from 19th-29th September.
Prospect Brewery are privileged to have obtained a cask of the multi-award winning ‘Blueberry and Vanilla Oatmeal Stout (5.0%) by Tarn Hows Brewery in a wooden cask. The only one currently in existence. The beer will be served ‘direct from the wood’ from 19th-21st September in the brewery bar.
Wigan Central are hosting a tap-takeover by the excellent Weird Beard brewery from London on 19th-21st September.
Sherringtons are hosting a tap-takeover by Wily Fox and Rivington breweries on 25th-26th September, combined with meet the brewer events.
The Tap ‘n’ Barrel in Wigan is hosting a tap-takeover by Hawkshead Brewery on 19th-26th September.
The Twisted Vine Alehouse is hosting a tap-takeover by Tiny Rebel Brewery on 19th-22nd September.
Fifteens of Swinley are hosting a tap-takeover by Irwell Works Brewery from Ramsbotton from 19th September.
MEET THE BREWER
Irwell Works Brewery (Ramsbottom) at Fifteens Swinley on 19th September.
Rivington Brewery at Sherringtons on 26th September.
Wily Fox Brewery at Sherringtons on 25th September.
Hophurst Brewery at the brewery open day on 21st September, the new beer launch at the John Bull Chophouse at 7pm on 20th September and the new beer launch at Kore in Hindley at 7pm on 19th September.
Wigan Brewhouse at the brewery open evening on 20th September.
Meet the ‘old’ and ‘new’ brewer/owners from Martland Mill Brewery on 26th September at 8pm in the Tap ‘n’ Barrel in Wigan.
Mayflower Brewery will have a pop-up bar and a chance to meet the brewer at the Royal Oak in Wigan on 28th September
FOOD FEST ON THE SQUARE
Northern Beer Temple, Wigan’s leading outlet for bottled and canned craft beers, will be taking centre stage at Food Fest on the Square at the Market Square in the Galleries Shopping Centre on 21st September. In addition to their fantastic range of bottled and cans of craft beer, you can expect an excellent choice of keg and draught beers on sale. Also, perhaps a few samples of beer that you can pair with food from the range of stalls at Foodfest.
The Wigan branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) will also have a presence where you’ll have the opportunity to pick up an early copy of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for 2020. Start that Christmas shopping early!!
BEER AND THE ARTS
Art in a Brewery? Admire the works of three celebrated local artists and photographers whilst enjoying a pint. A display of their works will be on display at the bar in Prospect Brewery throughout Wigan Beer Week. The artists are Pete Rowbottom, Simon Misra and Chris Halliwell.
Beer and Yoga are not two words commonly seen in the same sentence. However, that’s what you can expect at Wigan Central on 25th September. Please note, this is a chargeable event.
On Saturday 21st September, a ‘beer bus’ will be in operation to connect the events in Wigan town centre with the open day at Hophurst Brewery in Hindley. The bus will also pick-up and drop-off at Formby’s in Hindley.
On Saturday 28th September, a ‘beer bus’ will be in operation to connect the events in Wigan town centre to Martland Mill Brewery followed by the pubs in Crooke, Shevington Moor and Standish. A great excuse for a pub crawl to some of Wigan’s finest pubs. Pick up and drop-off points are – Martland Mill Brewery ; Crooke village (for Crooke Hall Inn) ; Foresters Arms in Shevington Moor ; The Globe in Standish (for pubs of Standish) and the Cherry Gardens in Wigan)
PUB HERITAGE NIGHT
On 19th September, less than a week after re-opening, meet the new owner and licensees of the Swan and Railway and get an insight into the pubs rich heritage. Take a look around the pub which has been lovingly restored to its former glory. To complete the heritage theme, there will be a selection of vintage and champion beers – historical beers with a story to be told.
1st BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Sherrington’s will be celebrating the 1st birthday during Wigan Beer Week. You can expect a host of exciting events over the weekend of 27th-29th September.
This very popular monthly event at Haigh Hall Woodland Park will be happening on 27th September. Enjoy a wide variety of street food, live music and, of course, quality craft ales from the on-site Two Left Feet Brewery Tap.
NORTHERN SOUL NIGHT
No celebration of Wigan is complete without a reference to Northern Soul. We are pleased that Dean McDonald, a celebrated Northern Soul DJ and mine host at the Crooke Hall Inn, will be performing a set at the Old Courts on 21st September.
If you prefer listening to live music rather than gyrating on a dancefloor to Northern Soul music, there is a whole plethora of live music events to enjoy during the course of Wigan Beer Week in a variety of venues. There is bound to be something to suit all tastes. Check event listings.
Why not take part in a specially devised ‘Wigan Quiz’. Happening at Wigan Central on 23rd September and the Royal Oak on 25th September.
Just for fun, why not try to solve the cryptic clues in pubs on the Wigan Ale Trail. A good enough reason (if needed) to spend some time drinking quality beers in quality pubs.