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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And for Ross it was the Copper Plate Bitter.

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

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