Happy Valley Brewery

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David & Nicola Hughes


Happy Valley Brewery is a newly established family business in the heart of Bollington in Cheshire. David, a brewer of over 20 years experience, has installed a purpose built, modern Microbrewery. This efficient system is producing a range of Traditional Real Ales using their own unique Lancashire mill town brewery yeast, to tried and tested recipes. Happy Valley Brewery claims to use only the finest, freshest ingredients always locally sourced where possible.

The first ale is Sworn Secret, followed by Lazy Daze and Black Magic (see the tasting notes below). The primary outlet is the Poachers Inn, Ingersley Road, Bollington where the first night for Sworn Secret was held on 9th November 2010 amongst much appreciation of a good beer!


Brewer's tasting notes:

  • Sworn Secret - 3.8% A pale straw coloured ale with a low ABV, which punches well above its weight. The strong hop character is provided by Hersbrucker Aroma hops. The ale has a crisp citrus finish. Ideal for summer thirst quenching, or a good session ale throughout the year.
  • Lazy Daze - 4.2% The very best Maris Otter and Chrystal malt provide the perfect blend and balance to this traditional Old English Ale. Golden in colour, it has a superb hoppy finish provided by late aroma hopping in the copper. Very quaffable.
  • Black Magic - 4.6% The use of Oatmeal dark roasted malt and roasted barley gives this ale the full 'Meal in a glass' a rounded flavour of traditional stout and porter. It has a full bodied hearty malt taste with a bitter finish. Ideal for days in front of the log fire!

Bottled beers from this brewer are available by mailorder from Barley & Hops, Macclesfield.

Finding it:

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The Poachers Inn can be found at the north east end of town, from the bus turn round outside the New Con Club (late Turners Arms), go up Ingersley Road; the Poachers is at the end on the right.