Daniel Thwaites first began brewing in 1807 and today, 200 years later, the brewery is still family-owned and based in Blackburn at The Star Brewery. Thwaites began with 10 public houses but now has an estate of 320 award-winning leased and tenanted pubs. Along with its core range of award-winning ales, in 2011 the brewer installed a smaller experimental brewery called Crafty Dan, thereby allowing Thwaites brewers to experiment with different flavours and styles of beer.
Wainwright: a 4.1% ABV golden ale named after Alfred Wainwright, author of the famous walking guidebooks is now the fastest growing UK top 25 cask ale. Lancaster Bomber: full-bodied chestnut coloured ale with an inviting malty aroma and warming aftertaste. Tavern Porter a 4.7% ABV dark porter a refreshing traditional ruby black Porter with a smoky aroma, bitter roasted coffee flavours and hints of liquorice. Nutty Black: This 3.3% ABV (3.9% in bottle) is described as dark ruby, mild with a hint of nuttiness and roasted, bittersweet flavours. It is one of only four beers ever to win the Champion Beer of Britain twice. Bravado: a 5.0% ale which boasts hoppy and zesty flavours.
And last but not least our favourite – Old Dan a 7.4% ABV bottled conditioned ale a mellow beer with chestnut hues and a smooth finish based on the Old Dan recipe from Daniel Thwaites from the early part of last century. The character and flavours of a bottle conditioned beer like Old Dan develops, ages and becomes more complex over time. Old Dan is crafted to create a wonderful taste but is also an easy drinking beer recipe from the past. It has a mellow flavour, a clean taste, looks great and can be enjoyed again and again.
The Foody Traveller’s Dan could only concur!
Thwaites have produced a number of tasty looking recipes from savoury to sweet. One Wainwright Pork can be found in our recipe section.