North West Beer is a thirsty look at all the beer being brewed, drunk, spilled and shared in the North West of England.

Where exactly is the North West of England?

It’s a wonderful place, just to the left of Yorkshire, just North of Manchester, a bit above Liverpool. There is so much great beer being made and enjoyed quietly and dilligently here, outside of the major cities. While we love Manchester and Liverpool, there are beer fanatics aplenty from all over the world who sing the praises of bars and brewers in those brilliant cities. What we’re here to do is show that great beer exists up here in the North West in smaller towns and cities, by the sea, in pretty little villages and out in the arse end of nowhere.

Technically speaking, we’ve decided to include updates about beer in the North West from areas around:


  • Cumbria – including Penrith, Carlisle, Keswick and Barrow-in-Furness
  • North Lancs – including Morecambe, Lancaster
  • Blackpool and Lytham St. Annes
  • Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland – including Clitheroe, Whalley and Longridge
  • Blackburn – including Great Harwood and Darwen
  • Accrington
  • Burnley, Colne and Barnoldswick
  • Rawtenstall and Rossendale
  • Preston and Chorley – including Rivington and Eccleston
  • South Ribble – including Bamber Bridge and Leyland
  • Bolton – including Horwich, Bury and Ramsbottom
  • Wigan – including Skelmersdale
  • Warrington
  • St. Helens – including Ashton-in-Makerfield and Newton-le-Willows
  • Merseyside – including Crosby, Formby
  • NW areas of the Yorkshire Dales – including Settle and Kirkby Lonsdale


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