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MYSTERIOUS HISTORIES

At 1,835ft, Pendle isn’t quite a mountain (just 165ft short), however, it’s unique and iconic status dominates both the local landscape and the communities that live here. Legend and folklore are rife about mysterious and unexplained happenings and the dark arts of witchcraft.

The glory of Pendle

Originally named Penhul, it was in 1652 George Fox climbed to the summit of Pendle Hill and was said to have a moment of enlightenment and divine inspiration which led him to subsequently start the Quaker movement. Nature, climate and topography have combined to create this mystical, boggy peat-covered monolith that casts its shadow over the locality, including our famous brewery.

Mystical Pendle

When the mist rolls in, as it often does, the hill is enveloped in a veil of secrecy and intrigue. It’s this atmosphere and eerie presence that still lingers on and can be felt across the moorland and woodland alike. Especially when the mist lingers, or in the dead of night, that this land of rich myths and legends comes to life.

The trail of the Pendle trials

Pendle Hill is known far and wide for its connection with the infamous Witch Trials that took place in 1612. The stories and folklore have resonated down the centuries, and Pendle is renowned as one of the most haunted places in Britain. There are various Pendle Trails where you can discover sculptures by local artists that immortalise the sinister happenings and uncover the history to locations where ghostly and mystical events have been reported. Along the way you can take in the local communities and climb to the summit, to take in the fresh breathtaking Lancashire air and the fabulous views. You might even catch a glimpse of our brewery.

THE BREWERY

At the heart of what we do is our state of the art brewery which combines our brewers’ craft with the innovation and new techniques of today. We’re beer lovers with discerning standards and every pint is brewed to perfection, for you to enjoy.

Moorhouse's Burnley Brewery Old Site
Moorhouse's Head Brewer Dan Casaru adding Hops during the brewing process.
Moorhouse's Brewery Racking Casks while wearing Ear Defenders.
Moorhouse's Brewery Draymen Smiling

Brewing perfection since 1865

Whether it was in the row of terraced houses on Moorhouse Street or in our new Brewery constructed on same site in 2011, we have built our reputation on quality. We like the quote “Quality means doing it when no-one is looking” as that is certainly the case when it comes to the team here at the Brewery. Like a stick of rock, it runs through our brewers, our packagers and our delivery guys. It’s about quality from the grain to the glass. Always has been, always will.

Small batch beers

Nestled away in our main brewhouse, you’ll find our M1 Small Batch Brewery. At a capacity of one barrel (288 pints), brewing small allows us to experiment with different hops, malts, yeast and all sorts of ingredients whilst have some fun along the way too. Some appear at festivals or on our Brewery Tour bar and three of our latest craft beers started their life there, so if you want to be the first to know what is coming next, sign up to our mailing list.

AWARDS

Our beers have gained accolades both nationally and internationally. As you can see below, many of them are multi-award winning and we always like it when we see them being recognised over a number of years as it’s about consistency and trust. So important when we’re up against so many other great brewers on the bars and on the shelves.

  • BRITISH BOTTLERS’
    INSTITUTE

    2021

    White Witch

    2019

    White Witch
    Blonde Witch

    2016

    White Witch
    Blonde Witch
    Pendle Witches Brew

  • WORLD BEER AWARDS

    2021

    Blonde Witch

    2019

    Scaredy Cat

    2017

    Blonde Witch

    2007

    Blonde Witch

  • INTERNATIONAL BEER
    CHALLENGE

    2019

    Blonde Witch

    2018

    White Witch

    2017

    White Witch
    Blonde Witch

    2012

    Blonde Witch
    Pendle Witches Brew

    2011

    Blonde Witch

  • SIBA

    2023

    Moonbeam (National)

    2022

    Moonbeam (Regional)

    2018

    Scaredy Cat

    2008

    Premier Bitter

    2004

    Premier Bitter

  • INTERNATIONAL BREWING AWARDS

    2013

    Black Cat

    2011

    Black Cat

    2004

    Pride of Pendle
    Premier Bitter
    Black Cat

  • CAMRA CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN

    2000

    Black Cat

Accreditations

OUR PEOPLE

The care and dedication of our team are key ingredients in making Moorhouse’s beers the best. From our expert brewers, who create both innovative recipes, with new flavours and aromas, as well as quality session beers that are famously celebrated locally, to the hardworking draymen delivering our ales the length and breadth of the country. We select our people as carefully as our hops and barley.

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