Beer-loving East Lancs friends create microbrewery in garage

The garage brewhouse

John Chadwick

Glen Speak at work

First published in East Lancashire by , Reporter

TWO beer loving friends have found a novel use for the back room of a car garage – turn it into a microbrewery.

Mechanic Glen Speak and his pal John Chadwick, who works for BT, created the brewery at Glen’s Bluestone Land Rover Garage in Whitworth 12 months ago after going on a brewing course together.

The pair cleaned a back room of the garage on Daniel Street Industrial Estate, sealed it off, and built their brewery from scratch.

Using their mechanical engineering know-how, the pair managed to spend very little on materials, and then got themselves a licence to brew.

Business soon took off, with the friends now supplying locally to The Sportsman pub in Whitworth and a distributor in Manchester which sells their Bluestone craft ales across the country.

The pair have found there is such a thirst for their traditionally made and handcrafted stouts, ales, and barley wines and are now having to look for larger premises to keep up with demand.

Dad-of-five, Glen, 52, said: “It started as a hobby, and still is really.

“We don’t make much money from it, but we look forward to it in the week, it’s never a chore. I’d rather be brewing than fixing Land Rovers at the moment.

“My four-year-old, Edward, likes to think he’s helping too.

“He goes along to the market at the methodist chapel in Hall Street with his mum, Shelly, and helps sell the beer.”

Glen and John, a dad-of-two, spend six hours on a Saturday producing four casks of beer, each holding 72 pints. The friends then go back to the works on Sunday and use the traditional ‘double dip’ technique rarely used by modern brewers, allowing the beer to ferment twice by clearing it of unwanted yeast and particles, while adding flavour.

The next step for the two-man team is to move into new premises and start bottling the beers, which will be being sold by Shelly and Edward at the methodist chapel’s market on Saturday, August 9.

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1:12pm Thu 31 Jul 14

painterman1060 says...

Well done sounds brilliant can't wait to try some
Well done sounds brilliant can't wait to try some painterman1060
  • Score: 12

1:44pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

painterman1060 wrote:
Well done sounds brilliant can't wait to try some
Hear, hear! Let's hope it's as good as Hopstar, from Darwen!
[quote][p][bold]painterman1060[/bold] wrote: Well done sounds brilliant can't wait to try some[/p][/quote]Hear, hear! Let's hope it's as good as Hopstar, from Darwen! Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 10

11:04pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Steven11 says...

So now do I take my land rover in Whitworth now when it needs fixing . But it would be nice to have a pint while they fixed it !
So now do I take my land rover in Whitworth now when it needs fixing . But it would be nice to have a pint while they fixed it ! Steven11
  • Score: 4

12:59am Fri 1 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

painterman1060 wrote:
Well done sounds brilliant can't wait to try some
All the very best to you guys. if you don,t water it down like many do then l think your onto a winner.
[quote][p][bold]painterman1060[/bold] wrote: Well done sounds brilliant can't wait to try some[/p][/quote]All the very best to you guys. if you don,t water it down like many do then l think your onto a winner. noddy57
  • Score: 4

3:14pm Fri 1 Aug 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

at last!! a good use for a Methodist chapel lol
at last!! a good use for a Methodist chapel lol ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 0

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