Micro brewery lands first award

East Lancs CAMRA social secretary Pete Clegg presents head brewer Michael Wittaker with the Beer of the Festival award for his Worsthorne Old Trout watched by Alison Leigh.
East Lancs CAMRA social secretary Pete Clegg presents head brewer Michael Wittaker with the Beer of the Festival award for his Worsthorne Old Trout watched by Alison Leigh.

A Burnley micro brewery is hoping to pull in more fans after it won its first major beer award.

The Worsthorne Brewing Company, which started life three years ago in Briercliffe, has seen its Old Trout ale named Best Beer in Festival at the recent Burnley Beer Festival.

And founder Mr Michael Whittaker said he hopes it will be the first of many after members of real ale specialists CAMRA singled it out.

He said: “When I started the brewery originally it was just me, but there are now three of us sharing brewing responsibilities.

“I’m very proud to receive this award, it’s a great boost for a small company. The Old Trout is a dark red brown ale, and it is pleasing that CAMRA felt it deserved recognition.”

Michael said the brewery has now also started to produce bottled beer which will be on sale soon. He has also been asked to produce a beer named Trust the Clarets, which will be sold to raise funds for Burnley supporters’ group the Clarets Trust.