Bootleg Brewing Company News

bootlegbreweryThe Bootleg Brewing Company is a microbrewery based at the Horse & Jockey pub on Chorlton Green, Chorlton-cum-Hardy. It brewed it\'s first ale on 25th September 2010 using a 4 barrel plant installed by Porter Brewing Co.

In 2013 the pub and brewery was purchased by Joseph Holt Ltd. Bootleg Brewery branded beers have become widely available across the Joseph Holt estate but it is believe much of this beer is brewed at Holt's brewery in Cheetham Hill

Bootleg Brewing Company
Horse and Jockey
9 The Green
M21 9HS
Telephone: +44 (0)161 860 7794

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Bootleg Brewery Brewster Erin Guy has left the Joseph Holt owned Bootleg Brewery.

It is not known if she will be replaced or whether all remaining production from the Horse & Jockey based brewery will be transferred to Joseph Holt's plant in Cheetham Hill where "Bootleg" branded beers like "Spin Doctor" lager are already produced.

With brewster Erin Guy going on maternity it is Jack who takes up the reigns at Bootleg this autumn.

The opening beers - Contraband and Lawless - will be rested for now while other styles are developed. The regular beers for the present will be Chorlton Pale Ale, USA IPA, with new beer Racketeer as a permanent. This last is a 4% copper coloured ale, with a smooth mouth feel. The hops come through late while initial tastes have a light caramel feel. The stronger USA IPA at 5.5% has been mellowed from the original, but remains a definite American style, with the addition of dry hops.

A lager is being produced in time for the next Joktober fest. At 4.4% it may also be bottled in the future. Future plans may include more beers being bottled.

Joktober fest kicks off on 27th September with live music and a terrace bar..

Bonfire Night will see the welcome return of Treacle Stout. Look out for the Winter Solstice events too.

Bootleg Brewery has been hard at work getting beer production up to scratch, producing regular and consistent beers.
In this effort Erin has been supported by new owners, Holt’s, and their pub specialist, Lloyd. He has been a sound source of advice and back-up. Having the resources of a large brewery to hand has enabled Bootleg to refine the regular beers while developing new recipes with different hops.
Brewing twice a week to maintain supplies to the Horse and Jockey, beers are also being distributed to 3 other outlets. The current new beer, Lion’s Pride, is a one-off commission to celebrate the rugby, and is made solely with English hops. At 4.2% it is browner than other‘s in the range, bitter at first but with an underlying sweetness to the finish.
A wheat beer is being planned for the summer to follow on from the success of the recent Chorlton Spring. The wheat beer will be launched at Chorlton Beer Festival on 5/6th July.