Rammy News!

10 Apr

Closure of House of Beer – what next for real ale lovers?

It was with great sadness we heard about the closure of House of Beer, that oasis of craft-beery loveliness tucked away in a back street in our hometown of Ramsbottom. It is a great loss to the beer lovers in our town and also to those tourists who visit our picturesque village who enjoy taking […]

04 Feb

Up or down the charts?

Cloudwater have retained their number one spot and have increased their average rating by some way. Most breweries have benefitted from a volume averaging through Untappd so have seen their rating go up. Those who have seen a backwards rating should surely be concerned for beer quality. Not that much movement overall. Notably Track have […]

11 Jan


Drinking bottled beers you bought two years ago and rating them on Untappd Really? Would you dream of keeping a Cloudwater session beer that long and then rating it two years later? With the exception of beers brewed for storage which by the way are brewed so they are not very drinkable when they are […]

01 Aug

Central Manchester CAMRA Beer of the Festival

After a fairly peculiar Sunday leaving me rather jaded mentally and soulfully at around 8pm my phone was thrust into my hand by my loving wife Lysha screaming “you won Beer of the Festival!!!!” It took a few seconds for this to sink in. To say it was totally unexpected is a complete understatement. This […]

02 Jul

Curve balls

It’s been a little quiet on our social media and this blog recently. Following the fantastic news of Andrew starting brewing at Rammy Craft just is the way with life when you least expect it – a sequence of curve ball blows. One of the biggest difficulties with a brewery that doesn’t use dried yeast […]

22 Mar

New brewer starting at Rammy Craft

We’ve found the person we have been looking for to eventually take over brewing beers at Rammy Craft. Further announcements will be made in this respect! Watch this space! 🙂

27 Feb

Who’s hot and who’s not?

Untappd has turned into a mega app. For sure a brewer cannot help but check out what their drinkers are thinking of their wares! With such a massive amount of data going into their system along with their carefully designed algorithms the Untappd system seems hard to abuse. For this reason it really must be […]

17 Feb

It’s more than David v Goliath

Some of you really buy into the idea that this craft movement is all about small craft brewers taking a piece of flavour out of the big brewers pie. ….while that is true it is over simplistic of the situation. Medium size brewers are more terrified of the craft beer movement than the biggest brewers. […]

11 Feb


The march of beer diversity and ever more flavourful beers continues to pervade the general beery landscape. We have come so far! The availability of this choice is a wonderful thing of course. Remember the days when all beer was pretty much the same? They were sold by all of the big brewers and exotic […]

16 Jan

Beware the invasion of the Southern pint

It is evident to me that the larger tranche of those craft breweries in the ‘big smoke’ are looking to capitalise on their dominant established craft beer positions and through links with Manchester – forged by the influx of southern money in to the proliferation of bars and restaurant in the Northern Quarter over the […]

10 Jan

Hopping mad?

There are a few things which I don’t compromise on. One is that I only ever use whole flower hops. I always have used them and I like the flavour you achieve with them. Personally I think the flavour from T90 pellets is coarse. I don’t know why the hops taste different when they are […]

30 Dec


Only a day or so more before the year draws to a close and I look back like a jungle explorer through all the trees and leaves and bugs and think “did I really do all that?!” Part of me hopes that no year ahead is as arduous as the year just passed and part […]

11 Dec


RAMSBOTTOM & BURY Salary from £17K, rising with experience. LEADING TO POSITION OF FULL TIME LEAD BREWER £20K+ with company shareholding* All enquiries. Please enclose CV by email to matt@rammycraft.com Increasing sales means the brewery is entering a growth phase that will require a new full time brewer. Following a phase of induction and training […]

10 Dec

Reclaiming the meaning of “craft”

When I named my brewery Ramsbottom “Craft” Brewery it was done for all good reasons. Not perhaps as some might think to capitalise on the “craft” brewing momentum. For some time already I had been creating beers in small volumes. I had been creating beers initially for pure enjoyment using all manner of ingredients available […]

28 Nov

Cornish creamed butter

When you have had Cornish butter even just once you never forget it. When we came back off holiday from Cornwall my wife and I vowed to try to only buy “proper” butter in the future. A real challenge when you live in Lancashire. The only way we found it would be possible was to […]

12 Nov

A day in the life…humph

Its 11th November 2015. It is Armistice Day of which I wholly approve and support. But I am worried that there are so many things I need to do today will I be able to stop for 2 minutes. How sad does that sound? I stop work and it is a pretty uplifting moment but […]

04 Nov


After completing nearly 300 brews you would think that there isn’t a lot that I haven’t brewed already…but you would be wrong. There are quite a few beer styles I am yet to brew but the one style that I suddenly got an itch to make was a milk stout. I love drinking milk stout […]

03 Nov

Welcome to the Rammy Craft Blog!

Until I can find something momentous to say for my first blog entry…why not listen to my recent interview with Lee from This is Rammy? http://www.thisisrammy.co.uk/rammycraft-with-matt-holmes-episode-33/

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