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English Half Marathon Warrington


Situated as we are in this glorious countryside, we often have runners darting by … some with serious intent of navigating the hills… some less keen on the distance and stopwatch and more interested in the isotonic properties of our beer.

Well, we thought, this is an interesting step in debt / credit mentality and one to be thoroughly applauded. So, being keen to not do things by halves, we have gone for it and are the proud beer suppliers to the English Half Marathon in Warrington on 17th September 2017.

With 5,000 runners expected and a free beer for all finishers it is going to be a thirsty event that’s for sure. How do you fancy running a half marathon, bagging yourself a fabulous medal AND winning a free pint? Contact the brewery for more info if you fancy running in a Wincle Beer T-shirt and raising  funds for charity.

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Three hundred years in the making, and we’ve made it even better

Picture of pump clip for Wincle's Hop series No.4 - Flyer

Picture of pump clip for Wincle's Hop series No.4 - Flyer

We don’t think that anyone could make a more English beer or improve on our latest brew no matter how hard they tried.

No: 4 in Wincle’s series of all-English single hop beers is a quintessential mild. What’s more we think we’ve elevated this traditional thirst quencher to a new level with a choice of hop that suits it perfectly.

The hop variety is Flyer. This imparts wonderful and satisfying flavours of stoned fruit, liquorice and treacle into the 3.9% alc. dark mild.

In fact we’re so pleased that we’ve hand bottled a very limited run and it’s bottle conditioned to make it extra special too.

In cask you will find stocks in pubs now. Or why not treat yourself to a trip to Macclesfield Beer festival this weekend and make a big occasion of it.

Macclesfield Beer Festival

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May

Macs Beer Festival Details

More about mild – according to CAMRA

Mild beer is said to have been around since the 17th century.

Milds are black to dark brown to pale amber in colour and come in a variety of styles from warming roasty ales to light refreshing lunchtime thirst quenchers. Malty and possibly sweet tones dominate the flavour profile but there may be a light hop flavour or aroma. Slight diacetyl (toffee/butterscotch) flavours are not inappropriate. Alcohol levels are typically low.

Pale milds tend to have a lighter, more fruity aroma with gentle hoppiness.

Dark milds may have a light roast malt or caramel character in aroma and taste.

Scottish cask beers may have mild characteristics with a dominance of sweetness, smooth body and light bitterness.

Original gravity: less than 1043
Typical alcohol by volume: less than 4.3%
Final gravity 1004 – 1010
Bitterness 14 – 28 EBU

Tastefest – great beer and good food this weekend

Picture of Glebe Farm Shop sign

Picture of Glebe Farm Shop sign

There will be something for every taste at Glebe Farm Shop, Astbury this weekend.

Glebe Farm, Astbury  CW12 4RQ

Saturday 25th February

10.00am – 4.00pm

 ‘Tastefest’ is a great opportunity to sample what’s on offer and what’s new to buy in the shop this season – but best of all the samples are free on Saturday.

The Wincle Beer Co. will be among those showing off their produce at the weekend.

We’ll be taking a selection from the Wincle range, including a taster from our brand new series of all-English, single hop beers. The first in the series is our 4.3% ABV brown ale, which is brewed using Phoenix hops with a spicy, chocolate character.

The one-day Tastefest will be held undercover in the marquee, so rain or shine it’s an event not to be missed. The family friendly day out is also a great opportunity to look around the farmyard which includes an area for children to meet and feed the animals.

Click here to find out more about Glebe Farm.

Join us at Macclesfield Sheep Dog Trials this Friday and Saturday

Picture of shepherd with his dog at sheepdog trials

Picture of shepherd with his dog at sheepdog trials

Everyone is welcome at the Macclesfield Sheep Dog Trails which promise a great day out for all.

Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August, 2016

This fixture in the calendar dates back to 1945 – so it really is an opportunity not to be missed as competitors from all of England vie for a position in the National Championship.

A barbeque, craft fair, tug of war and even a fell run are all part of the fun.

There will be great beer there two with a full range of bottles from Wincle. We’ll also be selling Rossendale Gold on tap to help raise funds for the Rossendale Trust and help fund its work providing supported living for adults with learning and physical disabilities.

We hope you’ll join us and don’t forget your well behaved dog is welcome too.

Click here to find out more.


Join us at Rowsley Farmers’ Market

Farmers' Market

Just a cock-stride into the Peak District the first Rowsley Farmers’ Market will get underway on Saturday 12th March at the Peak Shopping Village.

The Wincle Beer Co. will be taking a full range of our bottled beers and we’d love to see you there.

A visit to Peak Shopping Village is a perfect day out if you are looking for a unique and relaxed shopping experience in the stunning countryside of Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park. A short distance from the market towns of Bakewell and Matlock and just two miles from Chatsworth House and Gardens.

Up to four hours FREE Parking and dogs are welcome too.

Click here for more details.

Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of

Picture of Hayley on the Wincle Beer market stall

Picture of Hayley on the Wincle Beer market stall

John Lewis may well have the best known advertising campaigns when it comes to the festive season. But if you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special person we think we’ve got them licked.

In the run up to Christmas the Wincle Beer Co. will feature all eight of our core range of bottle beers at events around the region. We’ll also be offering our limited edition 8.0% ABV Wassale which would no doubt be welcome in the stocking of any discerning connoisseur.

So, next time you’re out and about why not keep an eye open for Wincle’s market stall and in the words of John Lewis: ‘Give someone the Christmas they’ve been dreaming of’.

Where to find us:

14 November                        Northwich Artisan Market

15 November                        Beer tasting, Tatton Park, Housekeepers Stores

21 November                        Wilmslow Artisan Market

26 November                        Kettleshulme School

28 November                        Bakewell Market

29 November                        Treacle Market, Macclesfield

12 December                        Northwich Artisan Market

19 December                        Wilmslow Artisan Market

19 December                        Bakewell Market

20 December                        Treacle Market, Macclesfield

Of course the brewery shop, with our range of bottle and cask beers is open every day too.


Thirty five beers and a great festival weekend

Banner advert for Heaton House Big Weekend



There’s always lots to do over the Bank Holiday. Or you could join us for a fabulous festival where we’ll have around 35 beers, ciders and perries on tap and ready to drink.

The Heaton House big Weekend will be a charity extravaganza with a difference. It offers three days of fun for all the family. In addition to the beer festival there will be live music, a hilarious variety show and traditional country fayre.

There’ll be a great range of beer on offer including five of our own:

Burke’s Special: 5.0% ABV, distinctly English in character with a full malty and fruity taste

Summer Lass: 4.5% ABV, continental styled ale

Woodsman: 4.4% ABV, a Marzen Style beer – a homage to the Bavarian festival

Haymaker: 4.2% ABV, light in colour, refreshing and with a great hop character

Sir Phillip: 4.2% ABV, amber in colour, this premium bitter has light malty overtones

All proceeds will go to support local and national charities including: Cancer Research UKDonna Louise TrustMidlands Air AmbulanceEast Cheshire Hospice and Rushton Home School Association.

We Hope you can make it!

For more information:

picture of previous Beer festival


Join us at the National Sheep Dog Trails

Picture of James Gilman, shepherd

Picture of James Gilman, shepherd

Competitors from all over England converged at Macclesfield this week for the National Sheepdog Trails – a tradition that goes back to the 1920s. The winners will go onto the National Championship.

As an avid supporter of country traditions and local activities, it seemed appropriate that the Wincle Beer Co. should be there too. There’s lots to do with a craft fair and fell race for those who have the energy.

We can think of nothing better though than sitting back in the sun with a bottle of your favourite beer while the dogs do all the running. So if it sounds like your kind of thing then rest assured that supplies of our bottled beers are plentiful and you can get your hands on our Summer Lass too.

The trials run from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th August.

Venue: Sutton Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire  SK11 7TX

Everyone is welcome to the Trials. Bring your well-behaved dogs on leads please.

Find out more:

Join us at the Big Taste event

Big Taste event graphic

Big Taste event graphic

The Wincle Beer Co. will be out about this weekend when we travel over to Nantwich to take part in the Big Taste event.

The FREE family fun day is back again at Cheerbrook farm shop. We are delighted to be part of the celebration which will mark the 15th anniversary for the business that supports over 50 of the very best local suppliers throughout the year.

We will of course be showcasing the best that Wincle has to offer. This will include a great selection of our regular bottled beers such as award winning Old Oak, Burke’s Special and our very refreshing Wibbly Walaby

The Big Taste event will be held on Saturday 4th July from 10am – 4pm at Cheerbrook, Newcastle Road, Nantwich.

Parking and entry is free, and attractions include a bouncy castle, Kidz Kitchen demonstrations, a birds of prey display by Feathery Folk, friendly farm animals, a barbecue and as always, lots of delicious local produce will be available.

We hope you can join us!


It’s more fun than mowing the lawn


You could spend Bank Holiday Monday mowing the lawn and painting the garden fence. Or you could spend the afternoon in spectacular surroundings enjoying a few pints of tasty beer – the choice is yours.

If the latter takes your fancy, then why not make your way down to the beer tent at The Wildboarclough Rose Queen Fete & Fell Race where The Wincle Beer Co. will be providing refreshments.

For some it sounds like a serious event but you don’t have to be a rose queen and you certainly won’t have to do any running to earn your pint.

The fete will be held in the garden of Crag Hall on Monday 26th May. The gates open at 1pm and the Rose Queen Procession begins at 2pm.

So why not come down early, make yourself comfortable and fritter a little time away.

Needless to say, a good range of Wincle’s best beers will be on tap throughout the event and rain or shine it’s bound to be better than mowing the lawn!