Moorhouse’s Unveils Milestone Anniversary Magic
Burnley’s Moorhouse’s Brewery – home to the famous Pendle Witches ales – has brewed up a cauldron of event delights for its 150th anniversary year.
Two major beer festivals and a series of ‘GiggleWitch’ comedy nights are being rolled out to mark the milestone year for the championship brewer, one of Burnley’s longest established businesses. With the launch of a modern brewing complex in 2011, Moorhouse’s has reached a turnover north of £5m to first become the ‘north-west’s newest regional brewery’ and now Lancashire’s leading independent.*(see notes)
The first beer festival – being held on 15 /16 May – will reflect the history of British brewing from the 1800s to the present day. It will feature brews from some of the UK’s traditional family brewers such as Shepherd Neame and Theakston’s along with several of the latest newcomer breweries in Cheshire, Cumbria and the Midlands. A preview evening for Burnley Bondholders and Friends of Moorhouse’s will be held on Thursday May 14.
In October – 29/30/31 – a three day Halloween Festival will feature Moorhouse’s popular range of witches-themed special ales and guest brewers’ seasonal beers along with a special event of live entertainment for a spell binding celebration. Also, following their success last year, a series of five comedy nights are being held to boost the anniversary fun, the second on Friday 24 April featuring comedians Steve Day and Tony Burgess.
The festivals and comedy nights will be held in the spacious Witches Rooms hospitality suite and Cauldron Bar, part of the new state-of-the art brewing complex in Accrington Road. For details see www.moorhouses.co.uk or telephone 01282 422864. Moorhouse’s beers have already undergone a major re-branding to strengthen their bar impact and emphasise the 150-year heritage.
Managing director David Grant said: “The events will celebrate our long and illustrious history in Burnley. This history has seen us grow from a small drinks manufacturer, located in a cobbled terraced street, to become first a new regional brewery and now, with the recent news of the Thwaites’ sale, to the position of Lancashire’s leading independent brewer.
“With these events for our 150th anniversary year we want to say thank you to our supporters and underscore our huge commitment to a long future of brewing Lancashire cask ale with real provenance.”