Our brewery is a 12 barrel plant brewing an exciting selection of traditional real ales. We supply over 100 pubs across the North of England and beyond as well as bottled ales. We have a unique "Bar in the Brewery" where customers can sample the delights of Prospect ales as the brewing process goes on around them.


April 2007 sees the opening of what will soon be recognised as the "smallest brewery in the UK" following the visit of the BBC's Oz Clarke and James May. Based in the garage of Patsy's Mother-in-law's house at 120 Wigan Road, Standish. With the help of a small dedicated team, this tiny brewing facility became the start of something that has now expanded into one of the regions best known and loved real ale breweries.
Now located at much larger premises the now multi-award winning brewery has a much larger "dedicated to beer" team producing a range of around 15 different real ales with a core range of 8 bitters and 1 dark mild.
To find out more about the growth of our brewery click on the timeline.

The Prospect Brewery Team

Our fantastic team of skilled brewers, draymen, and office bods work with one simple goal in mind, to make and sell the best beer, no compromise.

It's a happy team, led by Chief Brewster, Patsy Slevin, well they are working in a brewery after all. With a great team spirit, everyone mucks in to help the beer flow smoothly round the brewery, keeping the kegs rolling out of the doors to pubs throughout the North West region and beyond.

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The Prospect Brewery Timeline

  • 2006

    Patsy decides she has had enough of the child care industry. The North West region covering everything from Bristol to Edinburgh and Liverpool to Hull means that she spends too much time behind the wheel, instead of behind a glass of real ale.

  • 2007

    Patsy and John start training to become brewers.
    Formed limited company... Prospect Brewery Ltd. is born.
    Patsy volunteers to work at a Bank Top Brewery.
    Patsy now has the bug to become a brewer and negotiates to buy a 5 barrel plant for the brewery (from Bank Top).
    Take delivery of first of 200 firkins.
    First commercial order for 8 firkins.
    First brews of Pioneer, Gold Rush, Silver Tally, Clementine and Open Cask.
    Prospect Brewery joins SIBA DDS.
    First bottled beers go on sale at Noel Chadwick's in Standish.

  • 2008

    Pickaxe Porter is launched as a winter beer, available until March.
    Prospect Brewery is nominated in the 'best new business' category for the BSBC awards.
    Blinding Light 4.2% launched at Wigan Beer Festival - Winner of the bronze medal.
    Nutty Slack 3.9%, a delicious dark mild, launched.
    Oz Clark and James May (secretly) spend a day at the brewery filming for a new series to be launched in January.

  • 2009

    Lorraine Bowden joins the staff as part-time Sales Assistant.
    Prospect Brewery Features on BBC TV 'Oz and James drink to Britain'.
    Nutty Slack Wins Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Northern Region 'Best Mild' Gold Award, and Silver for 'Overall Best Beer'.
    Nutty Slack Wins SIBA National 'Best Mild' Silver Award.
    The Crown at Worthington hold their Wigan brewers beer festival and showcase all Prospect beers.
    Extra Fermentation vessel added to the brew house.
    Roy Pearson joins the staff as part-time Assistant Brewer.
    New summer beer (Oresome, 3.9%) brewed and made with lemon-grass and fresh lemons.
    A new autumnal beer (Panned Out, 4.0%) launched at Berkeley Beer Festival.

  • 2010 Part 1

    Nutty Slack Wins Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Northern Region ‘Best Mild’ Silver Medal.
    Brewing commences in the new brewery at Bradley Hall Industrial Estate, in a building previously occupied by Heinz.
    First brew in new brewery - Silver Tally. Exactly 3 years and 1 day after being formed as a limited company.
    New beer brewed to commemorate the life of Beth Slevin and the move to the new brewery. Simply named 'One-Twenty' - the house number of Beth's home on Wigan Road in Standish where the old brewery was located.
    One Twenty wins light beer of the festival at Wigan Beer Festival. Nutty slack is second most popular dark beer.

  • 2010 Part 2

    Young Martin Grimshaw joins the brewery team as drayman and general help. Yes he is Dave's son, but he gets no special favours!
    Patsy & John visit Derbyshire to help Raw Brewery make their inaugural beer with Prospect's old brewery kit.
    Bottled Big John wins the 'best beer and cider' category at Fine Foods North West competition.
    Patsy appears on Radio 4 Womans Hour with Dame Jenni Murry and Malissa Cole (writer)
    Patsy and John get invited to judge SIBA Midlands bear comp.
    Nutty Slack Wins Gold SIBA North reginal beer competition (Again!)
    Bar Opens at the Brewery.
    Clementine available again, in cask and bottles.

  • 2011

    Patsy judges at National Winter Ales.
    Prospect Brewery - Main sponsors of Wigan Beer Festival
    Patsy and John Judge at Wales and West SIBA Beer competition in Ludlow (Its a hard life).
    Prospect Brewery Finalists in Wigan Business Awards.
    Whaterv wins silver medal at SIBA North beer competition.
    Prospect Brewery win SME at Wigan Business Awards
    Jonaton Christopher joins Prospect Staff.

  • 2012

    Prospect host 4th Project Venus Brew - Venus Gold 3.8%ABV is born.
    Liam Taylor Joins Prospect Staff.
    Patsy and John Attend SIBA National Conference.
    Prospect complete deal with Daniel Thwaites to purchase Foresters Arms in Shevington Moor - To be renamed The Silver Tally

  • 2013

    1000th brew.
    Prospect win two bronze awards at the SIBA North West Beer Competition.


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