Pair brew up success story

Old School Micro Brewery, Warton.'Director of operations, Ren Wallbank(left) and managing director Ian Walsh with two of the four real ales brewed at the Old School Micro Brewery on Holly Bank Road in Warton.
Old School Micro Brewery, Warton.'Director of operations, Ren Wallbank(left) and managing director Ian Walsh with two of the four real ales brewed at the Old School Micro Brewery on Holly Bank Road in Warton.

A NEW micro brewery has been set up in a small village in north Lancashire.

The Old School Brewery in Warton, near Carnforth, aims to produce up to 200 casks of high quality beer every week to sell to businesses in the local area.

This new brewery has received more than £50,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England, which is administered by Lancashire County Council.

The Old School Brewery is run by Ren Wallbank and Ian Walsh.

Ren is from Warton and bought the site ten years ago. They started brewing in April and now employ two local people.

Ian said: “We had been planning the brewery for more than two years, however, it was the RDPE grant that finally allowed the idea to become a reality.”

Ian moved to the village in 2003 and is a partner in a Fulwood-based dental practice.

After eight years in the business, Ian decided to look for a new challenge.

As well as creating a new business and bringing jobs to the village, the project also brought a traditional building back into use. The building needed extensive renovation to accommodate the new business and took around eight months to complete, including structural and internal alterations and the installation of all the brewing equipment.

The brewery made its first batch on Friday, April 13.

Since then they have produced a core range of four beers to suit all real ale tastes and have recently sold their sixty thousandth pint of beer.

The Old School Brewery will be featuring at the Inaugural CAMRA Beer Festival at Morecambe’s Winter Gardens, from August 23 to 26. For more details about RDPE funding contact Sharon McGuinness on 01772 538 795 or email sharon.mcguinness@lancashire.gov.uk.