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Northern Monkey Brew Co

Northern Monkey Brew Co


Northern Monkey Brew Co. is launching a new brewery and a craft beer hall in Bolton using a £25k loan from BFS.

Founded by Ryan Bailey and Liam Convey in 2016, the Northern Monkey Brew Co micro brewery currently brews five cask ales which it supplies to over 40 local pubs and bars.

The growing demand for their craft beers has led to the business moving to The Link Project in Bolton town centre where it will be expanding into a purpose-built brewery 2.5 times the size of the current operation, alongside their new Bolton Beer Hall micro bar, a bespoke bar and service area selling cask ale, craft ale and a mixture of craft spirits.

Ryan and Liam will be using the Start Up Loan from BFS to help fund the move to their new premises, launch the Beer Hall and to invest in transport for deliveries, which will enable them to significantly increase sales of cask ale to customers further afield. Northern Monkey Brew Co. also plans to host different themed beer festivals at the Bolton Beer Hall; to hold exclusive beer launches and develop a series of events in partnership with their neighbouring food and drink businesses in The Link.

Ryan said: “The support and funding from BFS has enabled us to build and expand our business at a critical point in our future and in the evolution of the real ale market, which is driven by consumers looking for quality, authenticity, originality and a premium experience that can’t be replicated at home.”