Good things come to those who wait. Or who are at the very least, patient. So thanks for hanging around and giving us time to get our act together for this next visit.
It's not so much of a secret now that we were the mischief makers behind #tryanuary and wow, did that go off with a considerable bang. We had no idea it would chime so well with everyone, and were blown away by all the support and involvement it got. It also consumed every spare moment we had, so unfortunately the blog visits had to go on the back burner. It'll be back bigger and considerably better next year, so keep your eye on goings on in the lead up to the end of 2015.
Anyway, January has come and gone and here we are back in the saddle, raring to get pedalling our way around some more great breweries this year. Suffice to say we have a very long list of new places and people to visit, so this year has all the markings of a bumper year.
We're hoping to do more 'collective' visits this year too - taking in a handful of breweries in one go. It works a lot better for us in terms of planning, timing and building up enough content for the blog to keep you folk interested. So watch this space!
So, onto our last visit. The turn of Brewsmith Beer.
And, guess what? No bikes involved again. Sorry.
You see, we were doing a full brew day with them and needed to be there at 6am, and it would have been a good two hour ride. We don't care what the blog might be called, we're not getting up at 3am on a cold, dark and rainy November morning and arriving soaking wet at a brewery no matter how much you protest.
Anyway, arrive we did - 15 minutes later than advertised due to my poor navigation to be greeted by owner and brewer James Smith, as well as Dan and Gina from Wigan Central Bar. Dan was also joining in the day as another brew monkey, so once we'd had a quick brew on we cracked with cracking on with the brewing. Today's schedule was for Brewsmith Bitter, one of the breweries four main beers.
Brewsmith is a family run set-up (James, his wife Jennifer and dad Ted) brewing on their 10bbl kit tucked away next to the East Lancs Railway line on the outskirts of Ramsbottom. They hit the ground running last year with a small but very strong core range of beers - Pale, Bitter, IPA and Oatmeal Stout adding to that more recently Anvil Ale - a hoppy dark bitter. The Bitter won SIBA NW Regional Gold (not only in its category, but overall) within the first three months of them brewing which is testament to their hard work and commitment!
So onto our interview with James, which instead of footage of middle-aged men on bicycles has some more interesting clips of the brewery and brewing from the day!
Music - 'Rare Bird' by Anitek