Moorhouse’s has long and rich history with many a twist and turn along the way! Check out the key milestones in our timeline below or sit back and take in the complete history.
Did you know?
Moorhouse’s Brewery was established in 1865 by William Moorhouse, a Burnley man who took great pride in his town and his craft.
He built his own brewery premises in 1870, and nearly 150 years later, Moorhouse’s is still on the same historic site, in the shadow of Lancashire’s famed Pendle Hill.
The brewery belonged to the Moorhouse family for generations. After the last remaining family member sold up, the business had a swift series of owners who for various reasons were unable to make it work, until sadly in 1982 it was faced with extinction.
Brewery workers had already been given their redundancy notices when Manchester businessman, William Parkinson, first tried a pint of Pendle Witches Brew one legendary lunchtime. Being from Burnley himself and intrigued by the Pendle connection he asked about Moorhouse’s at the bar. On hearing of the company’s imminent closure, Mr. Parkinson made some enquiries… and within just seven days he was the proud new owner of Moorhouse’s, bringing it back from the brink.
We have embraced the traditions and values established by the Moorhouses all those years ago, whilst bringing significant investment and innovation, installing a new brew plant in 1988 and a new warehouse in 1995. The brewery has gone from strength to strength and our beers are now on sale nationwide.
We also supply beers to around 300 Free Trade outlets and enjoy national distribution through a comprehensive wholesale network.
Today you can buy Moorhouse’s bottled beers in Morrisons, Tesco and Booths and as far away as the USA, Canada, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden and Cyprus.Find your nearest Moorhouse's retailer