Back on tap… – Blackpool Gazette
THEY’D call their next beer Lytham Phoenix if they could.
For family-owned Lytham Brewery is back up to full production following a devastating fire at its Lytham premises in May this year.
The brewery reopened in Lord Street, St Annes, and is now able to produce 12,318 pints per week, with production set to ramp up even further in the next few months. And top of the list is Lytham Lowther, brewed especially for Lytham Beer Festival, set to take place this weekend at Lowther Pavilion. Director Andrew Booker said: “There’s already a Phoenix brew out there so we can’t call one that” And the Phoenix that’s out there well, we are a quality brewery and we don’t want to dilute our brand!” Six fire crews from Wesham, South Shore, Lytham, StAnnes and Blackpool were needed to tackle the blaze, which saw the original brewery completely destroyed. Firefighters had tocontend with 30ft-high flames. Managing director – James said: “I can’t really remember much of that day. I remember talking to the fire officer but little else.”
Andrew added: “We weren’t even insured. But you’ve got two choices – walk away and give up or carry on fighting, and that’s what we did.”
Now the brewery has a new problem – it can’t cope with demand for its collection of beers, including Blonde, Gold, IPA, Amber, Stout, Royal- all prefixed with Lytham of course and various house beers for some of the Fylde coast’s favourite ale houses. Andrew said: “We’d like to thank our regular customers, such as the Thatched House, Shovels, County and the Hastings for their continued support. over the North West again:
The brewery is awaiting new brewing equipment. another bank of fermenters. and 100 new caskets to help it cope with a growing demand.
The business has taken on former soldier Will Godley as an assistant brewer and even
bigger changes are afoot.
“We’re looking at next door,” said Andrew, “and we’d like to put in a visitor centre.
We used to do tours at Lytham and we’re still getting calls from people wanting to come
By CHRIS DIXON (Blackpool Gazette)