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

First round ties will be held throughout February. These ties consist of one cask beer from each brewery, the first to sell out sees that brewery progress to round 2. The second round will be held in March. Again this round will see breweries putting up a cask beer. 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, when again it is two barrels against two. The first to sell out both of their beers are pronounced the winners.

The competing breweries are as follows: –

Beatnikz Republic

Black Edge Brewery

Black Jack Beers

Bowland Brewery

Crankshaft Brewery

First Chop Brewing Arm

Hophurst Brewery

Liverpool Brewing Co

Manchester Brewing Co

Marble Beers

Neptune Brewery

Northern Monkey

Problem Child Brew Co

Prospect Brewery

Red Rose Brewery

Rivington Brewing Co

Rock The Boat

The Parker Brewery

Twisted Wheel Brewery

First Round Draw and Dates:

Wednesday 2nd February: Northern Monkey Vs. Rivington Brew Co

Saturday 5th: Problem Child Brew Co Vs. Blackjack Brewery Vs. Rock the Boat

Wednesday 9th: Liverpool Brew Co Vs. Twisted Wheel

Saturday 12th: Cranshaft Vs. Beatnikz Republic Vs. The Parkers Brewery

Wednesday 16th: Neptune Brewery Vs. Black Edge Brewery

Saturday 19th: Prospect Brewery Vs. Bowland Brewery

Wednesday 23rd: First Chop Brewing Arms Vs. Manchester Brew Co

Saturday 26th: Red Rose Brewery Vs. Marble Beers Vs. Hophurst Brewery