6 of the best ales from Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 03 October 2016
Cheers! Enjoy one of the top beers from our county’s breweries
Tatton Brewery, Knutsford
This pale ale from the family-run brewery has a zesty aroma and a biscuity finish and has been described as ‘a mugful of sunshine’. It’s one of several classic and contemporary style beers from owner and head brewer, Gregg Sawyer. Tatton’s brews, made using traditional local yeast which was revived after 50 years of retirement, are available on draught in local pubs and events as well as in a drink at home in a range of mini pins, pins and cask. Brewed at their custom-built modern brewery a stone’s throw from Tatton Park
Unit 7, Longridge Trading Estate, Knutsford, WA16 8PR, 01565 750 747, www.tattonbrewery.co.uk
Cheshire Set Blonde
Cheshire Brewhouse, Congleton
A lovely English ale that is the perfect pairing for fish and chicken dishes or cheesecake. It’s been developed by engineer, Shane Swindells, at Congleton’s Cheshire Brewhouse. The 42-year-old has a passion for quality cask and bottle conditioned ales and he actually built the current brewery himself. Cheshire Set is one of several brews produced in Congleton using UK grown hops.
Unit 5 Daneside Business Park, Riverdane Road, Congleton, CW12 1UN, 01260 274788, www.cheshirebrewhouse.co.uk.
Trappers Hat Bitter
Brimstage Brewery, Wirral
This hoppy session beer is gold in colour with hints of orange and grapefruit - a perfect summertime tipple. It was the first brew from Brimstage Brewery, founded in October 2006 by Neil Young. It has won awards including the Champion Beer of Britain finalist in 2009 and 2010 and it continues to be the brewery’s biggest seller. Brimstage is the first brewery in operation on the Wirral since the closure of Birkenhead Brewery in the mid-1960s. Their beers have been championed by the Campaign for Real Ale and Society of Independent Brewers.
Brimstage Lane, Wirral, CH63 6HY www.brimstagebrewery.com
Wincle Brewery, Macclesfield
A pale ale named after local dry stone waller, Peter Eardley. It’s a refreshing drink with a distinctive hop character – ideal for quenching a thirst. Originally set up by Giles Meadow at a redundant milking parlour on a farm in the Peak District National Park, Wincle Brewery are passionate about creating eccentric English ales - the sort they love to drink themselves. Each of their ales gives a local character the opportunity to appear on the pump clip or bottle label. Complete with a state of the art 15 barrel plant, the team brew flat out five days a week.
Tolls Farm Barn, Wincle, SK11 0QE, www.winclebeer.co.uk
Robinsons Brewery, Stockport
This light amber ale has a mix of passionfruit, peaches and orange flavours with a hint of caramel. It will be available for August and September and is perfect for a summer evening. Based in Stockport for almost two centuries, Robinsons Brewery is one of the oldest and most respected names in British brewing history. They combine original recipe heritage brews like Old Tom – first brewed in 1899 – with innovative young ales like Dizzy Blonde and one of their huge sellers, Trooper, created with Iron Maiden.
Unicorn Brewery, Stockport, SK1 1JJ, 0161 480 6571, www.robinsonsbrewery.com
Tweed Brewing Company, Hyde
Hopster is a single-sopped, pineapple infused ale with a citrus flavour. Young entrepreneur Sam Ward set up Tweed in November 2014. He has brought brewing back to the town for the first time since 1929. Tweed is the second business of Sam, who launched his own sweet shop, The Tuck Shop, in his home town of Denton. The desire to set up a brewery came after a discussion with his father, Dave and family friend brewer, Anthony Lewis. Several Cheshire pubs stock Sam’s flourishing brews, as well Manchester bars.
Newton Business Park, Talbot Road, Hyde, SK14 4UQ www.tweedbrewing.com