Brewers raise a glass to festival
5:18pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A FAMILY who switched from running a bakery in Walshaw to a microbrewery in Radcliffe have good reason to raise a glass.
Brightside Brewing Company currently has a core range of 10 beers — three of which will be on offer at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry’s (MOSI) real ale festival this weekend.
And their classic Manchester pale ale MOSI 30 was brewed specially for the festival in celebration of the museum’s 30th anniversary, while the company’s light amber IPA Maverick and light golden ale Solstice will also be on show.
Neil and Maxine Friedrich and their children Lance and Carley have been making cask-conditioned real ales together since 2010 — with the men in charge of brewing, Maxine overseeing administration and Carley dealing with sales.
Before this, Neil and Maxine, of Greenbank Road, Radcliffe, set up and ran family bakery Charnwood Foods in Walshaw for 28 years with help from the children once they were old enough.
Carley, aged 32 and now living in Openshaw, previously worked in the wine industry and 29-year-old brother Lance, of Ainsworth Road, has been working in the family trade since he was at college.
She said: “Beer seemed like an obvious sidestep from the bakery trade for mum and dad, since both involve knowing how to make a product that tastes good!
“Our first beer, a golden ale called Solstice, was sold on the eve of the Summer Solstice in 2011 and we brewed it so many times before that — pouring it down the drain until we were happy with it.”
As the brewery was initially based in the back room of the Friedrich family’s Walshaw bakery, they had to design the equipment themselves to fit it into the small space available. This allowed them to make the kit to their own specification, and a move to dedicated premises in Radcliffe after selling up there meant the beer’s Lake District water source remained the same.
Carley added: “We are currently preparing to scale up our equipment to a 15 barrel plant, which takes us from our current capacity of 10 casks per brew to a possible 60. This gives us far more scope to deliver to a large area and to expand our bottling plans.”
Six of Brightside Brewing Company’s beers will be part of their new range of bottle-conditioned real ales, which will be in the shops before Christmas.
The family also brew house beer Bobby Dazzler for The Robert Peel in Market Place, Bury.
n All proceeds from the beer festival will go towards developing and maintaining MOSI. For details: go to mosi.org.uk/whats-on/real-ale-festival or brightside brewing.co.uk
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