Irwell Works Brewery – Ramsbottom

Today seemed to be the first day in about a month it hasn’t rained so we decided to take a trip up to Ramsbottom. I love this little place and even more so now I’ve discovered the Irwell Works Brewery.

Tucked away behind a Morrisons,  this is a hidden gem.

It’s in an ex-engineering works and many of the beers pay homage to the building’s heritage which is a nice touch.


As well as the brewery on the ground floor there’s a cosy little tap room on the first floor.



I started with the 5.5% Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Very easy to drink with a nice smooth taste.

Meanwhile Ross went for a half of the 4.4% Iron Plate Lancashire Stout. This was a flavoursome and hearty drink with a moreish after taste.


He followed this with the Tin Plate Dark Mild and the Rammy Brown Ale (unfortunately I forgot to photograph the latter!). The dark mild was nice but the brown ale wasn’t really one for me but he enjoyed it.


Although it’s only quite small it does have a little bar snacks menu featuring these sensational pies. Would highly recommend them – they were hearty and well-filled so ideal for soaking up some of the alcohol!

After the pies I went for the 4% Richard Mason 1888. This was an excellent English pale ale with a lovely hoppy after taste.


And for Ross it was the Copper Plate Bitter.


Overall a very enjoyable afternoon in a lovely little place with great pies and good beer.

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