By Lee | 21st March 2017
Bollington Brewing 3 Peaks Fell Race returns on Saturday 6th May!
Hot on the heels of last year’s record turnout, Bollington Brewing Co. is thrilled to announce that the event is back for the 9th year running.
Officially the only fell race in the country to start and finish at a brewery, the race sees seasoned fell runners compete alongside relative novices.
Set over 5.7 miles of challenging terrain, runners will face a 1200 ft ascent traversing Kerridge Hill, White Nancy and Nab Hill.
Look out for our special edition 3 Peaks ale this year, which will be available in new-look cans.
The fee of £10 includes entry to the race, a free pint, a tasty helping of chilli and rice and a goody bag! Profits from the race are split 50% to Buxton Mountain Rescue and 50% to Bollington Festival, which will be held in 2019.
Download the results from previous years below.
By Lee | 13th December 2016
Brewery Tour vouchers make great Christmas and Birthday presents. Buy them online here;
Then a tour can be booked at any time, available dates are published here;
Or if you can get 12 or more in a party we can do a private tour.
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By Lee | 3rd December 2015
Proud to be North East Cheshire Business Awards Team of the Year!
We’re thrilled to have won the coveted Team of the Year title at the North East Cheshire Business Awards, having competed against the crème de la crème of businesses in the area.
Our reputation for excellence was recognised at the high profile NECB Awards at The Mere, Knutsford, and is testament to the strength of our team.
It also reflects our commitment to quality and providing excellent customer service across the business, from the brewery to our three pubs; The Vale Inn (Bollington), The Park Tavern (Macclesfield) and The Cask Tavern (Poynton).
We’ve grown in the last seven years, while ensuring that the passion for what we do remains at the heart of the business. This success is down to the work of an outstanding team – thanks to you all for making this happen and here’s to the next seven years!
By Lee | 28th October 2015
An award-winning Cheshire brewery, headed up by Lee Wainwright, has secured listings for all three of its pubs; The Park Tavern (Macclesfield), The Vale Inn (Bollington) and The Cask Tavern (Poynton) in the revered Good Beer Guide, put together by CAMRA.
CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) creates the annual directory, which features 4,500 of the best real ale pubs in the UK, based on beer scores notched up over the course of the year.
While both The Vale Inn and The Park Tavern have featured in the guide beforehand, this year marks the debut inclusion of The Cask Tavern, which was launched under The Bollington Brewing Co. portfolio of businesses in autumn 2013.
A must for any self-confessed beer lover, The Good Beer Guide has just released its 42nd edition. As the ‘gold standard’ of ale tourism, it prompts visitors to travel to Lee’s pubs from as far as London to taste the family business’s distinctive beers.
With a passion for revitalising local pubs and bringing their quirky charms to the fore, such as the on-site boutique cinema above The Park Tavern in Macclesfield, Lee is committed to maintaining a high quality customer experience. This is carried across The Bollington Brewery and the estate of pubs, all carefully built on a firm foundation of strong family values.
Commenting on the news, Lee said: “We’re thrilled to have a ‘clean sweep’ in terms of listings in this year’s Good Beer Guide and have worked hard to establish our reputation.
“We are always looking for new ways to innovate, but at the heart of our businesses is an unrelenting dedication to quality which drives everything we do and keeps customers coming back.”
By The Bollington Brewing Co. | 17th July 2014
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th July
Bollington Arts Centre
Join us for two fabulous days of beer, food and live music, as we celebrate the third Bollington Beer Festival at Bollington Arts Centre.
For the third consecutive year, The Bollington Brewing Company is delighted to be supporting the festival, with all profits going to good causes in the local community.
As well as being the main sponsors of the event, our team helps to coordinate things, providing the knowledge and know-how we’ve gained over the last few years running similar things, including our own Cider Festival and the Bollington Festival Pub.
Image by John Appleyard
At this year’s festival we’re offering a variety of 40 beers and 15 ciders, many of them brewed locally, including our very own Festivale and Bollington Best. Food is also available, with delicious paella, pulled pork and chicken tagine on the menu. And to make sure everything goes with a swing, there’ll be live music including jazz, a Samba band, the Bollington Brass Band and popular Stockport folk group, ‘Maguffin’.
The past two beer festivals have been really successful and we’ve raised thousands of pounds for the Bollington Festival and Bollington Arts Centre. This year we’re fundraising for other charities and groups too, and would love your nominations – do you have a favorite local charity or worthwhile cause you’d like to receive some of the cash? If so, just visit www.bollingtonbeerfestival.co.uk and click on ‘community’.
We’d also like to hear from businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring a barrel: for just £50 for a cask of cider and £100 for a cask of ale you can have your name displayed on the front of the barrel as well as being listed in the programme. A great way to promote your business and support your local community too. You’ll receive one free ticket for every £25 of sponsorship, allowing entry to any of the three festival sessions, so it’s a nice little package for business colleagues or friends as well.
Image by Bolly Jan
Tickets for the Friday night session are SOLD OUT, but you can still buy tickets for the two sessions on Saturday 26th July (12pm – 5pm) and the same day (6pm until 11pm).
Tickets cost £6 and are available to buy from any of our three pubs, The Vale Inn, The Park Tavern and The Cask Tavern, as well as the Poachers Inn in Bollington and The Wharf and Treacle Tap in Macclesfield.
Tickets can also be purchased online at www.bollingtonbeerfestival.co.uk/tickets. Look forward to seeing you there. Cheers!
Main image by Simon Nottage
By The Bollington Brewing Co. | 8th May 2014
Monday 19 May
Bollington Civic Hall
It’s Bollington SciBar’s 5th Birthday, and we’re celebrating by hosting a special ‘double-bill’ as part of this year’s 50th Anniversary Bollington Festival.
Guest speakers, Professor Ian Wilson and Professor Jonathan Swinton, will discuss advances in analytical chemistry over the last half century, as well as posing the question: Is there any more Maths to find out?
You may remember that both scientists have given fascinating talks in the past, on subjects as varied as Infinity and the symbiosis of drugs and bugs.
Our Bollington SciBar here at The Vale Inn grew out of a hugely successful series of events during the last Bollington Festival in 2009. Regular sessions of science-talk over a relaxed drink have taken place at the pub ever since.
Bollington Brewing Company Director, Lee Wainwright, says: “Bollington SciBar has been a success since day one, which just goes to show that science is more popular than we think. People seem to enjoy the informal surroundings and being able to chat about interesting topics over a drink: from our point of view, it’s the perfect combination of a thirst for knowledge as well as beer!”
To maximise numbers, the Happy Birthday SciBar! event will take place at the Civic Hall in Bollington, with all your favourite Bollington Brewing Company beers available behind the bar, including our special commemorative beer, Festivale, a spicy Bavarian Hopped pale ale, perfect for celebrating this special occasion!
We’d like to thank everyone on the SciBar team – from speakers, to listeners, to bar staff – who’ve come together over the last five years to make Bollington SciBar such a great event.
Happy Birthday SciBar! is FREE and entry is on a first come, first served basis. Suitable for ages 16+. Younger participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult please.
To avoid disappointment, make sure you arrive early as this is bound to be a popular event. Bar opens at 6pm. Hope to see you there.
Image by Will Clayton sourced from flickr creative commons.
By The Bollington Brewing Co. | 1st May 2014
Here at the Bollington Brewing Company we like to keep everyone on their toes! We’ve popped up at quite a few different events and festivals these last few years, including Moss Rose football ground over the Jubilee and more recently at the Manchester speed-cycling Velodrome, for the 2013 Manchester Beer and Cider Festival.
This summer, you’ll find us close to home, at the 50th Anniversary Bollington Festival, running the official ‘pop up’ festival bar from a marquee in the middle of the recreation ground. We’re pitched right next door to the main Festival Marquee, so perfect for grabbing a beer or a glass of wine before one of the many live performances, or just enjoying a long cool drink and watching the world go by! They’ll be chairs outside for you to enjoy our unique pop-up pub garden (complete with cricket ground and woodland walk) or if it’s raining you can always duck inside and enjoy the festival atmosphere under canvas.
All our favourite beers will be available for sale including the award-winning Bollington Best and our very own Festivale, brewed specially to celebrate 50 years of the festival; a refreshing Bavarian hopped spicy pale ale. We’ll also be serving draft Prosecco and a selection of quality wines.
We’re really excited to be involved with this year’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, and look forward to a busy time serving customers as they come to enjoy all the entertainment on offer, or just to soak up the atmosphere in these beautiful surroundings. You don’t have to be coming to an event to visit the pub – we’ll be open thorough out the festival for anyone who’d like refreshment, dogs included!
The Bollington Festival Pub is a great opportunity to serve Bollington beer to loyal Bollington customers (and visitors from further a field) at a great Bollington occasion! We hope you’ll join us to celebrate.
The Bollington Festival Pub will be open Monday to Friday 5pm – 11pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 12 mid-day until 11pm. This special pop-up venue is available for everyone to use throughout the festival from Friday 16 May to Sunday 1 June.
To find out more about the 50th Anniversary Bollington Festival, and to book tickets for some of the events, please visit www.bollingtonfestival.org.uk
Image by Fiona Bailey
By The Bollington Brewing Co. | 23rd April 2014
Pre-Festival SciBar: The History of Brewing
Monday 12th May
The Vale Inn, Bollington
Speaker: James Sumner
Ever wondered how hops turn into beer, or what makes the head on your pint stay frothy? If the answer’s yes – or even maybe – you might like to come along to a special Bollington SciBar on the history of brewing, taking place ahead of this year’s fabulous 50th Anniversary Bollington Festival.
A taster event to whet your appetite, the Pre-Festival SciBar is an opportunity to sample some of the science, as well as the beer, that make these events so popular! Guest speaker James Sumner talks about the chemistry of brewing and explains some of the processes involved in turning oats into the amber nectar.
Head Brewer, Kym Wainwright, says: “We want to encourage as many of you as possible to experience our SciBar and to learn more about the fascinating history of brewing: it’s what got me and my family interested in starting our own business in the first place. The great thing about our SciBar, and the reason I think it’s so popular, is that you can come along, enjoy a drink, and find out something new and interesting almost without thinking about it. There’s no pressure and everyone just has a great evening. If you’ve not tried it before, you should give it a spin.”
All our SciBar events are FREE and suitable for anyone over the age of 16. Younger participants must be accompanied by a responsible adult please. And make sure to get here early, as SciBar’s are always popular and we hate to disappoint customers. Hope to see you there.
Image by David Blaikie sourced from flickr creative commons.
By The Bollington Brewing Co. | 5th February 2014
You’d be hard pushed to find a more unusual venue for a beer festival than The Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, host to this year’s inaugural Manchester Beer and
That’s where we found ourselves last month, along with hundreds of keen-bean real ale drinkers and members of the Team GB cycling team – the latter speeding round us on the track in training rather than quaffing beer you understand!
It was a great event, with 16 bars in the centre of the Velodrome track serving beer and cider from a huge range of craft breweries from around the UK.
Organised by CAMRA, and replacing the previous beer festival that has moved to Derby after a very successful tenure in Manchester, this was a great opportunity for the Bollington Brewing Company to set out its stall. In fact we were one of the main sponsors of the event and are really pleased to have backed such a promising horse. As with any new event of this scale, there were a few teething problems but these were dealt with very quickly and overall the event was well managed and very well promoted on a local, regional and national scale, with visitors from all over the UK.
We took 7 of our best-selling beers and held popular ‘Meet The Brewer’ sessions throughout the three-day festival, with punters given the chance to taste our award-winning Winter Reserve, Eastern Nights, Goldenthal and the popular Bollington Best.
The response was superb, with lots of people expressing a keen interest in finding out more about how we brewed, what we brewed and where we brewed it, with some of them promising to take a trip out to the Cheshire Peak District to visit us soon. The sign-up list on the bar for more information certainly backed this up.
We’re chuffed to bits with how well the festival seemed to go down, and delighted we were the last bar standing, bringing in an extra 8 casks to keep the taps flowing longer than any other brewery on the final night! Congratulations to our own Team BBC – perhaps we should serve the beer on bikes next time. Better get practicing!