Bolton Beer & Cider Week
Blacekdge Brewery was founded in 2011 by friends Wayne Roper and Shaun Reynolds. Since then they have firmly established their well-known award-winning microbrewery at the heart of the small independent brewing community in the North West. They use only the finest natural ingredients, inspired not only by the history of British beer making, but also by visits to the US Pacific West Coast. They produce beers that they like to drink; well balanced and packed full of hoppy flavour.
Their strong core range includes two of their first ever beers, HoP, a 3.8 pale ale and Pike a 4.0% bitter, plus their 4.2% American pale, 4.0% Black stout. Look out for their multi-award winning West Coast and seasonal beers such as Ginger and Yule.
Blackedge Brewery News
Blackedge Brewery sealed victory once again in Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) North West Beer Awards. West Coast, their 4.1% golden ale laden with punchy hops from the Pacific West Coast of America, took top spot in the cask category for the second year in a row. The prestigious competition is held in October prior to the Bolton Beer Festival at the University of Bolton Stadium. Head Brewer Wayne Roper said he was “absolutely overwhelmed” to win the trophy for the second year. Look out for the beer (and the trophy) at the Brewery Bar in Horwich or the Brewery Tap in Westhoughton.
Blackedge bucked the trend for pale hoppy beers with their new seasonal, appropriately called Autumn. It is a rich, classic 4.2% ruby mild made with UK hops Bullion and Bramling Cross.
Wayne and Shaun, the founders of Blackedge, have been putting their creativity to good use. Throughout the winter months they have been experimenting with hops such as Mandarina and Mosaic to develop a series of one-off beers called Directors Sessions. Drinkers have been able to provide instant feedback in both of the brewery’s outlets and the beers may inspire some future brews.
Manchester Beer and Cider Festival held in January heralded a first for the brewery. Their 4.6% Dark Rum porter was available in a wooden cask. This traditional method of storing beers allows them to develop new and interesting flavours, in this case the wood mellowing the sweetness of the rum. Festival goers drank the lot in two days!
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