Lancashire cricketing legend David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd opens Thwaites new craft brewery

CHEERS Cricket legend David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd toasts the launch of the new Thwaites craft brewery

CHEERS Cricket legend David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd toasts the launch of the new Thwaites craft brewery

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

LANCASHIRE cricketing legend David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd was the toast of the town as he launched a new craft brewery.

Blackburn brewery Thwaites invited the former England batsman to open Crafty Dan, used to produce a variety of real ales.

As part of the opening, Mr Lloyd created his own beer, called Leave The Car - a play on his Sky Sports commentary catchphrase, ‘start the car’.

Mr Lloyd said he was honoured to be asked to open the facility.

He said: “It was an honour to come down and open Crafty Dan.

“When I was just getting into cricket I worked in breweries – which helped keep me fit.

“I worked in Blackburn, and everyone knew all about Thwaites.

“I have always like real ales and pubs, and I was delighted when the opportunity came to put my own stamp on it.

“And it has come out a cracking pint.”

Mr Lloyd used the new ‘brew your perfect pint’ tool on Thwaites’ website to create Leave The Car - and he now provides the voiceover for it.

He said: “I went on the website and I could say what I wanted.

“I don’t like dark ales so I wanted it golden in colour, with a nutty taste.

“With the name, you can’t start the car if you’ve had a drink, so I made it Leave The Car.”

Crafty Dan cost £200,000 to install and allows Thwaites to create up to three new beers a week and to trial new, experimental flavours.

With Thwaites planning to leave its town centre site, the craft brewery will move with it when a new site is identified.

Thwaites production director Ian Bearpark said he was very pleased with how Crafty Dan had turned out.

He said: “We did our first brew in November and I am very pleased with the plant.

“We are going to brew seven of our 12 beers from our Signature Range here this year.

“The brewers love it as well. It is difficult keeping them out.

“It was great to have Bumble here today. He is such a character.”

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4:16pm Wed 28 Mar 12

happycyclist says...

Thwaites could do with naming the pubs where all these 'craft beers' are being sold -or are they all in Cumbria?
Thwaites could do with naming the pubs where all these 'craft beers' are being sold -or are they all in Cumbria? happycyclist
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4:31pm Wed 28 Mar 12

Fred Storm, Rishton says...

Not a patch on Three B's
Not a patch on Three B's Fred Storm, Rishton
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5:40pm Wed 28 Mar 12

Your ferret stinks says...

Great to see real ale back on the bar top as so many drinkers over the years have gone down the lager route which is nothing more than a bland cold drink.
Lets hope it's a sucess for them producing some great tastey seasonal ales with body and aroma's using seasonal fruits.
Cheers!
Great to see real ale back on the bar top as so many drinkers over the years have gone down the lager route which is nothing more than a bland cold drink. Lets hope it's a sucess for them producing some great tastey seasonal ales with body and aroma's using seasonal fruits. Cheers! Your ferret stinks
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12:42am Thu 29 Mar 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

Fred Storm, Rishton wrote:
Not a patch on Three B's
So they created a new beer that was released today, and you've had some already even though it hasn't hit the outlets yet?
Obviously a bit premature there mate I suggest you haven't even tried it.
[quote][p][bold]Fred Storm, Rishton[/bold] wrote: Not a patch on Three B's[/p][/quote]So they created a new beer that was released today, and you've had some already even though it hasn't hit the outlets yet? Obviously a bit premature there mate I suggest you haven't even tried it. Keep Darwen Green
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12:47pm Thu 29 Mar 12

harrythehamster says...

Yes hats off to thwaites i say.A fantastic brewery bucking the trend of mass producing lager.i agree with Ferret.Nice to see real ales coming back on the bar.And fred.Ask the brewer at 3 bee's were he gets his yeast from?
Yes hats off to thwaites i say.A fantastic brewery bucking the trend of mass producing lager.i agree with Ferret.Nice to see real ales coming back on the bar.And fred.Ask the brewer at 3 bee's were he gets his yeast from? harrythehamster
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3:42pm Thu 29 Mar 12

harrythehamster says...

happycyclist wrote:
Thwaites could do with naming the pubs where all these 'craft beers' are being sold -or are they all in Cumbria?
Get out on your bi-cycle and have a look for them.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Thwaites could do with naming the pubs where all these 'craft beers' are being sold -or are they all in Cumbria?[/p][/quote]Get out on your bi-cycle and have a look for them. harrythehamster
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