A Multi Award Winning Brewery
Blackedge Brewing Company was founded in 2009 by Wayne Roper & Shaun Reynolds although the real commercial brewery didn't start officially until 2011. For around 3 years the 2 brothers-in-law spent hours every Saturday perfecting brews & recipes in firstly a garden shed then an upgraded summer house in Wayne's garden. The beers were good in fact better than they managed to find on a Saturday night in some of the local pubs! in late 2010 they decided to go all in and purchased a small 2.5brl brew kit. The kit was basic but of decent build quality and perfect to start up a more serious brewing operation and even included the casks! There was however a slight problem.... on arrival the kit clearly was too big to set up in the summer house so plans were urgently needed.
In 2011 Shaun found a perfect small industrial unit in Horwich and a lease was signed. After a couple months of hard graft the unit was ready to receive the brewery kit and installation was completed. The first brew was HoP, a 3.8 session ale cloned from one of the experimental recipes from the brew shed days. An order was placed for the first cask from Edgworth Beer Festival and our first beer HoP amazingly won beer of the festival. After the encouragement of an award the operation went into an advanced experimental stage and a brewery was born.
In late 2012 the brewery moved up the street to a larger unit which gave the business a great opportunity to grow. New kit was purchased and added to the existing and by late 2013 the brewery was producing around 10brls of beer per week. The awards didn't stop either! Regional SIBA & CAMRA Awards were won in 2012, 2013 & 2014. After 12 Months of expansion and development the brewery again moved into its current home. A brand new sparkling 10brl brewery was purchased & installed. A brewery tap bar was opened above the brewery in 2015 and the brewery has since gone from strength to strength.
In 2015 more SIBA & CAMRA Awards were won and in 2016 no fewer than 9 Awards were collected by Blackedge Brewery including SIBA Champion Beer of the North West. In 2017 again the Awards flowed with 4 National SIBA Awards, 2 for Keg beer and 2 for Cask plus 2 National Awards at the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain Competition then later in the year another 4 Regional SIBA Awards.
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