Breweries in East Lancashire

East Lancashire is very fortunate to be the home of several real ale breweries, which range in size from large national suppliers Thwaites, smaller micro-breweries including the latest addition to the area Northern Whisper in the Rossendale Valley, as well as the nano-brewery Snaggletooth. Between them they brew many fine cask conditioned ales, including some former Champion Beer of Britain winners, whilst also embracing the craft keg beer market.

4 Mice

Coach & Horses, Main Street, Bolton-by-Bowland, nr Clitheroe, BB7 4NW

Small micro-brewery based within the Coach & Horses where beers are only available on the bar. No more information available a yet and a volunteer for a Brewery Liaison Officer is needed. If anyone has any updates or is interested in the BLO role please email ku.gro.armac.scnaltsae@ecim4.olb


Tel: 01200 447331

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Big Clock

Grants Bar and Brewhouse, 1 Manchester Road, Accrington, BB5 2BQ

After reopening the previously boarded up Hargreaves Arms in 2000, Justin Grant was so successful in reintroducing real ale to Accrington it made Grants Bar the go to place. Following on from that success, in March 2014 using a 6BBL plant housed in the back rooms of the 200-year-old pub, Big Clock brewery was born. With bottles stamped ‘Made in Accrington’ the towns name was well and truly back on the map.


Tel: 01254 393938

Email: ku.oc.oohay@yrewerbkcolcgib

Facebook: grantsbarandbrewhouse

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Unit 6 Daniel Street Industrial Estate, Whitworth, Rochdale, OL12 8BX

Out of the blue in Autumn 2012, Glen Speak and John Chadwick decided to start a microbrewery in the rear of their Landrover business garage. Brewing takes place mainly at the weekend in a small 3.5-barrel brewery, using traditional methods including 'double dropping' fermentation. They sell cask conditioned bottles with casks available for beer festivals on request.


Tel: 01706 853009

Email: moc.liamg@reebenotseulb

Facebook: BluestoneBrewery

Twitter: bluestonebeer


Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe, BB7 1EB

Founded in 2003, this family-run business started life brewing on a one Brewers Barrel (BBL) plant, formerly used by Picks Brewery, in a store room at the Bashall Barn farm shop a few miles North West of Clitheroe, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Brewing was briefly transferred to an industrial unit in Accrington in late summer 2003, using the 5-barrel plant which was previously at the Fuzz & Firkin, Southsea, to allow for structural work to be carried out in what used to be the farm's milking parlour at Bashall Barn, where they returned to in January 2004. In July 2016 they relocated to Holmes Mills in the centre of Clitheroe, a Grade II listed site dating from 1823 which has lain empty since the 1970’s, where they now use a 30-barrel plant together with a nanobrewery for experimental brews. The site features a beer shop and beer hall with 42 handpumps on the longest bar in the UK featuring beers from Lancashire and beyond.


Tel: 01200 443592

Email: moc.yrewerbdnalwob@ofni

Facebook: bowlandbrewery

Twitter: BowlandBrewery


Unit 6 Watery Lane Ind Est., Darwen, BB3 2EB

A small independent brewery based in Darwen creating hand crafted artisan cask ales in small batches. Putting quality beers and customer service first, commenced brewing in 2016 having purchased the equipment from the brewery of the same name based in the Isle of Man.


Tel: 01254 366338

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Unit 9, Rinus Business Park, Grimshaw Street, Darwen, BB3 2QX

In 2004, Barry Tyson started brewing on a 2.5-barrel plant, based in the garage at the back of his home, as a hobby to produce some great local beers using only the finest ingredients. The enjoyment came in producing good quaffing ale where folk come back for more and have won over 20 awards nationwide. The brewery relocated to a to a new unit in 2010 and expanded to a six-barrel plant. They now supply more than 100 outlets around Lancashire and the Greater Manchester area, along with the Number 39 Hopstar Brewery Tap in the heart of Darwen town centre.


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Email: moc.liamtoh@yrewerbratspoh

Facebook: hopstarbrewery

Twitter: OfficialHopstar

Mighty Medicine

Unit 4, Daniel Street Whitworth Lancashire OL12 8BX

Established in 2016 this brewery is committed to using the finest ingredients to produce an eclectic range of beers. A tap room is attached to the brewery.


Tel: 01706 558980

Email: moc.enicidemythgim@seiriuqne

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Ministry of Ale, 9 Trafalgar Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1TQ

Based in the front room of the Ministry of Ale, complete with a viewing window of the three-barrel brewery. Started in 2001 and their beers are only available in Burnley’s 1st brewpub.


Tel: 01282 830909

Email: ku.oc.elafoyrtsinim@teem

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4 Moorhouse Street, Burnley, BB11 5EN

Moorhouse's was originally established in 1865, to brew hop bitter for the Temperance market, and is still on the same historic site as William Moorhouse’s original brew house built in 1870, in the shadow of Lancashire’s famed Pendle Hill. They switched to producing cask beer in 1978, and after a succession of owners failed to realise the potential of the company, Bill Parkinson took over in 1985, since when the brewery has grown substantially. A modern brewhouse was installed in 1988, additional fermenters in 1991, new warehouse in 1995 and two further new 30-barrel fermenters in 2000, there followed a significant investment in 2010 with a new cutting edge brewhouse and visitor centre opening in 2012.


Tel: 01282 42286

Email: ku.oc.sesuohroom@ofni

Facebook: moorhousesbrew

Twitter: Moorhousesbrew

Northern Whisper

Hill End Mill, Hill End Lane, Cloughfold, Rossendale, BB4 7RN

Began brewing in 2017 in a 10-barrel brewery, on a site which was part of the premises owned by slipper wholesalers, Response Footwear, in Cloughfold, near Rawtenstall, nestled in the Rossendale Valley. Set up by Carmelo Pillitteri, a go-ahead and adventurous brewer who previously ran the Fighting Cocks brewery out of the rear of Nino’s restaurant in Cliviger, along with brothers Josh and Barney Vines, who regularly collected spent grain from Carmelo’s brewery to use for cattle feed at the Kiln Clough farm in nearby, Helmshore, where and annual beer festival is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend. They have a Tap Room in the centre of Rawtenstall open Wednesday to Sunday, and a Chatterbox bar and bottle shop located 20 metres from the brewery which is open Friday to Sunday in the summer months.


Tel: 01706 230082

Email: ku.oc.ocgniwerbrepsihwnrehtron@olleh

Facebook: northernwhisperbrewingco

Twitter: WhisperNorthern


Brunswick Street, Nelson, BB9 0HZ

Oscar’s is a small family run brewery which relocated to Nelson in February 2019 from Preston, Lancashire. They supply Lancashire, Cumbria and all of Yorkshire. Their beers are cask conditioned and available in 9 Gallon casks or pins to meet each publican needs. They aim to alternate their beers every 4-5 months to keep up with the demand for different ales, and to also bring on seasonal special beers.


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Facebook: OscarsBrewer


Reedley Hallows

Unit B3, Farrington Close, Farrington Road Industrial Estate, Burnley, BB11 5SH

Commenced brewing in 2012, and quickly built an excellent reputation for their range of craft produced beers, they then moved to a to larger premises in 2015 with a 3.5-barrel plant and nine fermenters to cope with demand. Pete Gouldsborough, the owner and head brewer (and former head brewer of Moorhouse’s) has earned some of the highest accolades within the brewing industry, including Champion Beer of Great Britain, 5 Gold Medals at the international brewing awards, and a beer that was voted ' The Best Beer in the World' The New Brew’m micropub in Burnley is the brewery tap run by his wife Sharon Gouldsborough.


Tel: 07749 414513

Email: ku.oc.yrewerb-swollah-yeldeer@ofni

Facebook: reedlybrew

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Griffin Inn, 84 Hud Rake, Haslingden, BB4 5AF

Started brewing in 2007 after acquiring the pub, and 8-barrel brew plant and based in the cellar, which was previously used by Porter Brewing Co at the same location since 1994. Initially, the beers were badged as Pennine Ales and may still be seen under that name sometimes.


Tel: 01706 214021#

Email: ku.oc.yrewerbeladnessor@tcatnoc

Facebook: GriffinRossendale

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rear of 11 Pole Lane, Darwen, BB3 3LD

Established in 2012 by three beer geeks with a passion for crafting ales. A 2.5-barrel plant (previously used Hopstar) is used to produce small batch cask/bottle conditioned real ale. If the Snaggletooth doesn't like it, it doesn't get sold!


Tel: 07810 365701

Email: moc.liamg@elahtootelggans

Facebook: SnaggletoothBrewing

Twitter: SnaggletoothAle

Three B’s

The Black Bull, Brokenstone Rd, Darwen, BB3 0LL

Three B's Brewery was founded in 2001 by Robert Bell, whose love, dedication and over twenty years’ experience in the art of traditional beer making, is embodied in the beers produced. Only the finest ingredients are used, with no artificial additives, producing beers to satisfy the most sensitive and discerning palates.


Tel: 01254 581381

Email: ku.oc.yrewerbsbeerht@ofni

Facebook: blackbull3bs

Twitter: ThreeBsBrewery / blackbullpub


Myerscough Road, Mellor Brook, Blackburn, BB2 7LB

Founded in 1807, Thwaites brewed in the centre of Blackburn until 2018 when it moved operations some five miles away to a rural site in the Ribble Valley. Brewing takes place on a 20-barrel plant and is exclusively for the company's own properties. In December 2011 a new craft brewery was installed named "Crafty Dan” with three new fermenters able to create up to three new beers a week as well as one off brews to mark special events as part of a limited-edition Signature Ale range. 2012 saw the introduction of the Quarterly Favourites range featuring the four most popular beers from the 2011 Signature Ale range.


Tel: 01254 686868

Email: ku.oc.setiawht@gnitekram

Facebook: ThwaitesBeerandPubs

Twitter: ThwaitesBrewery


Unit 11, Siberia Mill Holgate Street, Briercliffe, BB10 2HQ

Began brewing in 2011 using a 5.5-barrel plant, they then moved to larger premises behind the original building in 2014, followed by an expansion to a 10-barrel plant in 2016, which includes a licensed visitor centre.


Tel: 01282 422588

Email: ku.oc.ynapmocgniwerbenrohtsrow@ofni

Facebook: Worsthorne-Brewing-Company

Twitter: WorsthorneBeer