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11th October 2012

Moorhouse’s Black Moss stout magic

Acclaimed Lancashire brewer Moorhouse’s is breaking new ground with the roll out of a ‘classic dry stout’ for November.

The latest in the innovative seasonal range from the famous ‘witch brewer’, Black Moss (4.9%) takes its name from an ancient derelict cottage discovered only last year – complete with mummified cat – in the shadow of brooding Pendle Hill.

Tasting notes describe the brew as: ‘Classic dry stout ale, black and full bodied with a rich creamy head. Fine roasted rich coffee and chocolate aromas … rounded with traditional English Challenger and Goldings hops’.

Managing director David Grant said: “Our brewers have once again come up with something very special to further extend our seasonal portfolio. Our first stout, Black Moss joins our new specials range in tribute to the mysterious cottage discovered on Pendleside last winter.

“A classic dry stout it should go well for that dark and stormy time of year when cask ale drinkers often look for something with extra body and depth to suit the mood of the season. Our Pendle Porter was warmly welcomed when first released and we also have high expectations that Black Moss will attract a big following.”

The launch of a new £4.2m brewing complex in Burnley last year trebled the former production capacity at the North West’s leading dedicated cask brewer to more than 1000 barrels a week – 15 million pints a year. This means special ales can now be brewed each month to introduce new brews and bring back some old favourites.

Ends/MHPR- Black Moss

Notes to editors
: Moorhouse’s has won more awards than any comparable brewer, including Black Cat voted Camra Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2000. Last year Black Cat also took gold in the Standard Strength Cask-Conditioned Ale category of the Brewing Industry International Awards (BIIA). Moorhouses’s brands pay tribute to the legend of the infamous witches of imposing landmark Pendle Hill, near Burnley. 

Founder William Moorhouse established his drinks manufacturing business in Accrington Road, Burnley, and Lancashire in 1865. Originally it produced mineral waters and then low strength hop bitters for Temperance Movement bars. Moorhouse’s began full strength brewing in the 1970s and in the eighties Manchester businessman Bill Parkinson bought the then ailing brewery ‘because he liked the beer’. Now, Moorhouse’s directly supplies several hundred pubs throughout the North West, Midlands and Yorkshire, while distributing nationally via leading wholesalers and major pub chains.


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