Beer of the Week: Worsthorne Brewing Company Stout Final Taste
Beer lover and pub campaigner Mark gives us his take on the tastiest beer he’s tasted in the last seven days. Mark has been promoting the values of Britain’s favorite drink for many years. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. Follow @realaleupnorth on Twitter.
I decided to put aside my beer of the week, to highlight the closure of another popular microbrewery. Burnley brewer Worsthorne Brewing Company sadly last released their beers last week. This follows the recent closure of the Naylor Brewery, near Keighley.
Worsthorne Brewery began brewing in 2011, under the leadership of Head Brewer and Owner, Michael Whittaker. Its traditional cask ales quickly gained an excellent reputation and following, in East Lancashire and beyond. They had brewed a wide range of traditional cask-conditioned beers at their microbrewery in Harle Syke.
The owner had said it had been extremely difficult over the past two years for small independent businesses. This being a reference to the severe restrictions caused by the Covid pandemic.
Ironically, I tasted their excellent Blackthorne stout just a few days ago at my local pub, the Craven Heifer. The pub is only a short walk from the brewery. The beer was a nice balance of roasted beans and tart tasting hops – sadly many cask beer drinkers will miss it. The demise of the brewery is another blow to the brewing industry and traditional beer drinkers.