I’d been expecting to visit Bowland Brewery last year. But oddly, a brewery bar with more than 40 handpumps inexplicably failed to be fast-tracked into GBG 19.
After all, choice ? Isn’t that what we want from our pubs in 2019 ?
Anyway, I was thrilled to be finally making a return to old-fashioned Clitheroe, which I’ve marked here alongside a recent National Pub of the Year. And, coincidentally, the place they found those witches.
I was expecting something like a cheery Lancaster Brewery, or flashy Kirkby Lonsdale at a push, but the scale of Bowland’s investment is staggering. Giant food hall, outside entertainment, and the poshest brewery bar I’ve seen so far.
Here’s a little slideshow I created, JUST FOR YOU, on my walk round the bar. That took about 7 minutes, and I needed a lie down after I passed the Wantsum 1381.
I counted 41 handpumps, but feel free to check my addition. And they weren’t all their own homebrew either. Add the array of keg and gins and weird stuff and you wonder where the sales come from. Pravha hasn’t reached Clitheroe yet, which means Peroni still rules the roost.
As you’ll see, it’s like an industrial Brunning & Price.
And the beer, the first one I saw from Bowland, was just dull and lacking freshness (NBSS 2). Not bad enough to take back, but bad enough for me to silently give thanks for the pot plant.
Who ever thought 41 handpumps was a good idea ?