Starting in February we are holding our very own Lancashire Brewery Challenge – where we pit twenty-four of the best breweries from the traditional boundaries of Lancashire head to head until we have a winner.

First-round ties will be held throughout February. These ties consist of one cask of beer from each brewery, the first to sell out see that brewery progress to round 2. The second round will be held in March. Again this round will see breweries putting up two cask beers. The four winners will then compete in the semi-finals, where two different barrels from each brewery will be put up, the first brewery to sell both barrels being the winner. These ties will be held in April. The two winning breweries then meet in the grand final at the end of April, where it is three beers a piece. The first to sell out of their beers are pronounced the winners.

Previous Winners:          Crankshaft Brewery, Leyland (2022)              Cloudwater Brewery, Manchester (2023)

Lancashire Brewery Challenge 2024 – Competing Breweries:

  • Black Edge Brewery, Horwich 
  • Black Lodge Brewery, Liverpool 
  • Blackjack Brewery, Manchester 
  • Bowland Brewery, Clitheroe
  • Brightside Brewery, Manchester
  • Cloudwater Brewery, Manchester
  • Farm Yard Brew Co, Lancaster
  • Gan Yam Brewery, Kendal
  • Hawkshead Brewery, Staverley
  • Hophurst Brewery, Wigan
  • Hopworks Brewery, Preston
  • Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Carnforth
  • Lancaster Brewery, Lancaster
  • Liverpool Brew Co, Liverpool
  • Lune Brewery, Lancaster
  • Marble Beers, Manchester
  • Neptune Brewery, Maghull
  • Northern Monkey, Bolton
  • Pomona Island Brewery, Salford
  • Problem Child Brewery, Parbold
  • Red Rose Brewery, Manchester
  • Rivington Brewery, Chorley
  • Southport Brewery, Southport
  • Squawk Brewery, Manchester

First Round Draws:

Thursday 1st February: Black Lodge V Lune V Neptune (A)
WINNER: Lune Brew Co (Valley Gold)

Thursday 15th February: Black Edge V Problem Child V Rivington (B)
WINNER: Rivington Brewery (Beach House)

Saturday 10th February: Gan Yam V Lancaster V Pomona Island (C)
WINNER: Lancaster Brewery (Ice)

Thursday 6th February: Farm Yard V Kirkby Lonsdale V Liverpool (D)
WINNER: Liverpool Brewery (Big Juicy)

Tuesday 20th February: Hawkshead V Hopworks V Southport (E)
WINNER: Hopworks Brew Co (Pictures in Rouge)

Saturday 24th February: Brightside V Cloudwater V Northern Monkey (F)
WINNER: Brightside Brew Co (Flux)

Thursday 29th February: Black Jack V Bowland V Marble (G)
WINNER: Bowland Brewery (Try)

Tuesday 5th March: Hophurst V Red Rose V Squawk (H)
WINNER: Squawk (Pavo)

Second Round Draws – Quarter-Finals:

Wednesday 13th March: Lune Brew Co (A) V Rivington Brewery (B)
WINNER: Rivington Brewery 2-1 (Beach House & Bounced Right Back)

Wednesday 20th March: Lancaster Brewery (C) V Liverpool Brew Co (D)
WINNER: Lancaster Brewery 2-1 (Sovereign Gold & Citra)

Wednesday 27th March: Hopworks Brew Co (E) V Brightside Brew Co (F)
WINNER: Hopworks Brew Co 2-0 (Harlequin & Dreamer)

Wednesday 3rd April: Bowland Brewery (G) V Squawk Brew Co (H)
WINNER: Squawk 2-1 (Mallard & Nisus)

Third Round Draws – Semi-Finals:

Saturday 13th April: Rivington Brewery (AB) V Lancaster Brewery (CD)
WINNER: Rivington Brewery 2-1 (Clouded Eyes & Green Light)

Saturday 20th April: Hopworks Brew Co (EF) V Squawk Brewery (GH)
WINNER: Hopworks 2-1 (Harlequin & Dreamer)

Fourth Round Draw – Final:

Saturday 11th May: Rivington Brewery (ABCD) V Hopworks Brewery (EFGH)

For those of you who want to keep track of everything you’ve tried, we’ve put together a sheet of all the breweries for you to mark down your scores and any notes of the beers you may have!