Generation 5000

This June, we achieved a landmark moment in our history, brewing three special edition beers using Generation 5000 yeast – a key ingredient that’s been re-pitched 5000 times since 1967. JW Lees yeast is a special, unique ingredient that adds rare character and flavour to our beers that can’t be reproduced or replicated anywhere else.

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The Family Brewery since 1828

The journey began in 1828 when our founder, retired cotton manufacturer, John Lees, decided to buy land at Middleton Junction and set up Greengate Brewery. Since then, we’ve stayed true to our roots and brew all our beers right here in Manchester. We continue to grow each year and to this day, we have over 140 pubs, inns & hotels across the North West of England and North Wales. We’re always on the lookout for new pubs to add to our estate and are keen to create the best pubs in the community.

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Our Brewery

We put the brewery at the heart of our business and brew six cask ales as well as two lagers, five keg beers and six limited edition seasonal cask ales, which are available throughout different times of the year. We also have the sole UK distribution rights for Bohemia regent from Czech Republic. Willoughby’s is our wines & spirits company and we stock over 500 wines from all over the world.

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