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The Life of a Furloughed Brewer

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Lockdown, Day 7439 I’ve completed Netflix. My dogs are getting pissed off at having to go for walks so often. The house has been repainted 3 times since this all began. Boredom is starting to set in. My girlfriend works full time from the attic now, so unless I’m being ordered to fetch cups of tea, it’s essentially just the dogs and me conversing. My Elkhound told the funniest joke yesterday… I’ve been brewing a lot in my garage. Experimenting with new techniques and ingredients. It’s always good to keep in the swing of things and to get the chance to experiment. The side effect of this however is, I now have about 500 bottles of beer to drink by…

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Catch a bear!

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Catch a picture of one of our vans to win a prize. If you see one of our vans out on the road – Make sure you grab a pic.  Then share it on facebook or insta, with #beartownbrewery, and tag your local in it. We will randomly choose one post each month, and reward both the snapper and their local with some beer.  Ts & Cs  The pub must be able to put the beer on their taps, in order for the entrant to win a mixed box.   There is no limit to the number of times you can enter. There is only one winner per month. Winners will be contacted through their social accounts.  If the post is…

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The Adventure Starts Here!!!

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Welcome to Beartown – The Adventure Starts Here!!!   2020 has been a roller coaster ride for so many of us, me included!!!! Gainfully employed was soon replaced by furlough and ultimately redundancy, and with the hospitality trade in various degrees of lock-down, the future was looking pretty bleak.   With a wealth of industry experience, from pub landlord, through wholesale sales executive to brewery business development manager, you hope that somewhere there is a company looking for someone with your knowledge and enthusiasm. And so, after some interesting ZOOM meetings, several unforeseen delays, and a huge dose of ‘being in the right place at the right time’, my Beartown adventure could finally begin.   Two months down the line,…

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Cheshire East.

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East Cheshire Hospice. As part of our Covid Carebear initiative, we are continuing to distribute our specially crafted beer called “Care Bear” to those who deserve it most in our local area.  On Monday 16th of November, We paid a visit to the guys at East Cheshire Hospice, to show a little love.  Obviously as brewers we believe a beer tends to help things look a little rosier, and it seems that the guys at East Cheshire Hospice, share that sentiment… in a much more responsible way than us 😉    Alongside other campaigns that they are running throughout the year, they are trying to give the people they work with the best Christmas they can, and a bottle of…

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Sale Sharks

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The irrational fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: “triskaidekaphobia”  Well there’s no triskaidekaphobes here, as on this day (November 13th 2020) we were presenting beer to our Premiership rugby heroes.   We are all avid followers of Sale Sharks, and it’s not very often you get to personally supply your favourite rugby team with your own Craft Beer.   So when “Franklyn Financial management” a new Sharks sponsor, and a Congleton based wealth management company, asked us to create the bespoke gift packs for the players and training team, we roared at the opportunity. Ben rocked up to the Sale Sharks training ground with a van full of beer, and 2 rule dress code. Rep the Bears,…

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Lager Than Life

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Forgive me for this is my first blog post. You’ll normally find my organising beer deliveries across Cheshire, Manchester and Liverpool! However I thought it was important to pause for a moment to talk about the momentous arrival of Beartown Lager for our Congleton based home delivery beer service and nationwide craft beer deliveries. We’ve been asked for some time by loyal Beartowners to bring Beartown lager into a format that can be placed lovingly alongside our Beartown fridge packs, and we’ve taken the time gained from a slowing of pace in the trade to do just this! Since it’s launch, Beartown lager has reached homes through our north west local beer delivery service to great acclaim! A beer we’re proud of that perfectly compliments the British summer time! You will often find me drinking rich and hearty stouts and…

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COVID 19

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Covid 19 – 16th March 2020   It only takes a worldwide epidemic to trigger the use of our website Blog, hopefully as we continue to use this, the messages will be a little more upbeat.   As I lay here writing this, with my 1 year old daughter, attacking my keyboard, but happy as punch, that she’s learnt how to high 5, and kiss her mum and dad, I question the whole point of this blog, and also the panic we are all adding to it globally.     Who can stop ( and would want to stop ) human interaction?    If you were to wake up from a coma, to find you were in mass isolation and zombie…

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Malternative Facts

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When Mikey mentioned that me and Robin had been invited by our malt supplier for a tour, my initial reaction was – cool, road trip! Our Malt supplier is Muntons, who have been making malt products at their site in Stowmarket since 1921. After that I began thinking – I’ve always associated malt and beer, but there got to be more to it than that? Time to learn some malternative facts – sorry. Mikey assured us we’d have a good time and even negotiated dinner and drinks with a Muntons representative named Joseph the evening of our arrival. So, in preparation for the long drive we had the afternoon off and hit the road after lunch. Luckily the traffic was kind and…

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Old Man Beer

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Before anyone gets slightly involved in the blogs that I will be spurting out over the many years to come, I feel it is only fair that I give everyone (I say boldly, hoping a kind soul takes the time to read this) a quick introduction of myself and where my passion and love for beer has stemmed from. Within the brewery there are currently three Michael’s working here, so I would like to formally introduce myself as Mikey. My official job title is “operations director”, what this means so far I am not sure as each and every day brings on a whole host of fresh challenges and exciting opportunities to pursue and stumble through. The life of working…

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Bears Loose in Germany

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In late November, Mikey (Operations Director) and I were lucky enough to be invited to attend Braubeviale 2018, a 3 day exhibition in Nuremberg for the beverage industry. With a view to expanding our current production capacity in the near future this was a perfect opportunity to touch base with some suppliers we already knew about and scope out any that had slipped under the radar. After a long drive to London in the middle of the night and a short flight to Europe in the early hours, we arrived, somewhat bleary eyed, in Nuremberg and on arrival our expectations were not disappointed. We were greeted with 12 connected halls containing over 40,000 exhibitors showing some incredible gear. Over the…

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