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The Brew Foundation beers to be at Road To Wigan Beer Festival

The lovely people at All Gates Brewery in Wigan are currently preparing for their 9th Road to Wigan Beer Festival. This awesome beer fest consists of 30+ breweries, 90+ beers, over 11 days, across 7 pubs! The festival begins on Thursday 24th March and runs until Sunday 3rd April 2016.

Here at The Brew Foundation we have supplied our 4.6% American pale ale, First Light, and our 4% session IPA, Hops & Dreams for their Road to Wigan Beer Festival; so keep your eyes out for it at the following participating pubs:

The Anvil, Dorning Street, Wigan.

The Hare and Hounds, Ladies Lane, Hindley.

The Victoria, Haigh Village, Wigan.

The Whie Lion, Leigh Road, Leigh.

The Union Arms, Castle Street, Tyldesley.

The Crooke Hall Inn, Crooke Village, Wigan.

Jolly Nailor, Market Street, Atherton.

More information, such as beer list (coming soon), can be found on All Gates Brewery website here.

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Hops & Dreams on tap at the Raven’s beer festival

The Raven pub on Brookhouse Drive in Crewe is having a beer festival this weekend from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February. Our session IPA, Hops & Dreams, will be on tap (keg) from Friday onwards so head on down to sample some great ales from around the UK.

Entry is free and the festival opens its doors at 3.30pm on the Friday. There is live music as well as great beer – what more could you ask for?

For more info visit the Raven’s Facebook page here.

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We’ve been nominated for best local brewery

We’re very pleased to announce that The Brew Foundation has nominated for “Best Local Brewery” at this year’s Exposed Awards.

Each year Exposed Magazine asks its readers to vote for their favourite local businesses, with the winners being announced at their annual awards ceremony at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on the 10th March. There are numerous categories such as Best Tradition Pub, Best New Restaurant and of course; Best Local Brewery.

Thanks to your votes we’ve made the top five but we’re up against four other excellent established breweries; Thornbridge, Kelham Island, Abbeydale Brewery and Bradfield Brewery, so we won’t be too disappointed, or surprised, if get pipped to the post on the night! Just to be thought of as being one of the top five breweries in the area is more than we could have wished for in such a short space of time.

A full list of categories and nominees can be found here.

Thank you to all drank our beer and voted. You’re absolute legends! Now if everyone could just cross their fingers for us until the winner is announced on the 10th March that’d be grand!

It’s been quite an eventful first few months really.

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More Hops & Dreams is on its way!

Thank you everyone! The demand for our new beer Hops & Dreams has been such that we’ve sold all the casks and kegs of it in a week! (There are still bottles left so don’t panic). We’ve brewed another 2000 litres which we’re racking on Friday so you won’t be thirsty for long!

Keep checking our Facebook and Twitter channels for where you’ll be able to find it next.

Just to keep you all in the loop we’re planning to do a bigger brother of Hops & Dream, called something like Hop & Glory, which will be a 4.8 or 4.9 IPA made from the same three hops (but more of them) as Hops & Dreams.

We’re not sure whether to launch this beer next or do a dark beer for a change, such as a porter (called Janet Street! – a name concocted with thanks to Duncan at the Fat Cat pub)

Which do you think we should do next?


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Bitter That bottles available again soon!

Our second beer, launched before Christmas, Bitter That was so popular in bottles that we ran out! Only a few bottle shops were lucky enough to get their hands on some so we’re brewing it again on Tuesday and will soon be replenishing bottle stocks.

Bitter That is a lovely fruity, malty 5% extra special bitter and like all Brew Foundation beers it goes down a treat!

Our usual network of fantastic bottle shops will be expecting stock by the end of the month. Check our stockists list for where you’ll likely be able to track down these elusive copper coloured beauties.


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Hops & Dreams available from Tuesday 12th January

Hops & Dreams will be available in our stockists from tomorrow, Tuesday 12th January.

To welcome in the new(ish) year we’re launching our third beer; Hops & Dreams. It’s an easy drinking hoppy session IPA made from Magnum, Cascade and Rakau hops.

We’re picking up the bottles from the bottling plant tomorrow so a few places will have bottle stock tomorrow afternoon. The casks were racked last Tuesday so we are starting to distribute them on Wednesday (13th Jan). We’re even doing a limited number of kegs to go into a few select places so keep a close eye on our social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) for who’s got it on and when.

We’re really excited about this one and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


James and Robert.



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Hops and Dreams, session IPA, coming January 2016

Yesterday was a great day! I started brewing our third beer; a 4% session IPA called Hops and Dreams. We wanted to make a beer that is moreish enough to be a great session beer but flavoursome enough to satisfy anyone’s hop addiction.

Hops & Dreams is brewed using Magnum, Cascade and Rakau hops to give it a citrus, floral, resinous, “hoppy” aroma and flavour. It has a pale ale malt base to allow the three hops to work their magic on your senses. Magnum hops

Two lots of Magnum are added to give body and flavour, then lots of Cascade hops are added at the end of the boil for plenty of floral and fruity aroma.

Magnum hop going into Brew Foundation beer


In a few days time I’ll dry hop the brew with Rakau hops to give it a tropical fruit aroma and flavour.

We are putting it into cask, keg and bottles on the 4th January so it will be ready to go from the 11th January 2016.

Keep your eyes peeled for it from our usual stockists plus other great beer establishments across Sheffield, Cheshire and Manchester. Please contact us if you would like to stock any of Brew Foundation’s beers: Hops & Dreams, First Light or Bitter That.

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Van about town

You may have seen our shiny new van out and about on deliveries and parked on Sharrow Vale Road? Well we’ll soon be doing home deliveries to S11 initially but further afield in Sheffield as time goes on. We’ll keep you posted as to when home delivery is available, in the meantime you’ll have to walk to your local pub or bottle shop to buy our lovely beer, sorry about that! You can find out where you can buy First Light and Bitter That here.

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The second batch of First Light is brewed

What an amazing few weeks! The response and reception to our first beer, First Light, has been simply amazing. Pubs have been reporting casks of First Light selling out in record time so we’ve brewed some more.
In order to keep up with demand we have brewed another 2000 litres so no one needs to go thirsty this Christmas!

Here are the latest 51 casks of First Light (although they do look like refresher sweets).
51 casks of First Light

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First Light sells in record time

The response to First Light has been fantastic. In just a matter of weeks we’ve already had to make our second brew First Light Pump Clipof fifty one 9 gallon casks of First Light to keep up with demand. Pubs in Sheffield  that have had it on draught have reported it selling out in record time. At the Fat Cat in Kelham Island First Light “sold out in a matter of hours”, at the Beer Engine pub at the bottom of London Road, it sold out in a record 6 hours, at the Old Crown at Handsworth it sold out within a day which is the fastest a cask has sold there,  and at the Interval Bar at the Students’ Union all 9 gallons were sold out in 3 and a half hours! To say we’re proud is an understatement! Many thanks to everyone for your support so far!

We have already launched our second beer, a 5% bitter called Bitter That, which will first be available on draft Bitter That pump clipexclusively at the Fat Cat pub on the 19th December. We’ll see you there!


Our third beer will be a 4% session IPA called Hops & Dreams. More to follow about that one but it will be ready to go in early January.

To find out where you can get your hands on our beers visit out stockists page here.