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We’re still here!

We’re still here!
Here is a picture of the new normal!

Its been a while since the last blog post, we’ll also be emailing a version of this out to our trade customers too. Soz, this may be a bit of a long read!

A few things really…

How are you all, we hope all our customers (and their drinkers) are coping with the situation we find ourselves in? There is nothing normal about any of this Coronavirus / Covid19.

If we haven’t told you already, if you have FULL, Untapped casks of our beer and don’t want the stress of having them in your cellar then we’ll have them back and give you a credit to spend on new beer when Pubs can officially open and we can get back to doing what we all do.

We have (When I say ‘we’ I mean Me!) been busy 2-3 days each week filling 10L boxes to order from our Cask stock and then out doing Home and Trade deliveries. Its a weird life right now, part ticking over, part enjoying the holiday, part planning for the future, and part wondering what-the-heck!

We still have lots of good Cask and Keykeg in stock so if you are in a position to sell Cask or Keg beer then do drop us an email to and we will shoot you over a basic stock and price list. We can split full 9’s into Pins or boxes if you need us to, or grab some 10L boxes to punt onto your drinkers, email us for Trade prices.

You might be thinking about clearing your cellar out, and need empties uplifting, we’d like our empties back too and if we can tie-in the uplift of empty casks with another trade delivery we would love to. I’ve been trying to figure out how we can do this without simply spending a load of money on fuel for the van driving around a load of places that have our empties but sadly the doors are shut and everyone is furloughed. I’m definitely open to having a conversation about how we can clear those empties out, so yeah, do get in touch via email and maybe we can meet for a socially distanced exchange.

We look to have had a relatively stable 6-7 weeks, staff furloughed, minimal fixed outgoing costs and none of the usual monthly ingredient costs or all that expensive electric we boil the copper with, we are still going to need your support over the coming months so please keep buying those boxes of beer. All our invoices are paid /will be paid if not yet due, we hope our remaining customers can pay their outstanding invoices soon, please talk to us about this via email it would be great to hear from you and understand your situations.

I personally think the remainder of this year is going to be a write-off for Pubs so we all have to make the best of it to come out of this with strong businesses, its probably not going to be easy to be honest.
But its good to look to the future and we have to plan for the better times or a new normal maybe….

Cans, Canning, Tinnies (but this time 440ml)!

This week I have ordered the ingredients to brew Dassler Helles Lager4.2% and our Gluten Free pale Greenflute 5%, as some of you will be aware Greenflute & Pixie Juice are the same recipe, though it turns out that you like the branding and name of Pixie Juice better and it sells better as Pixie Juice too!
So with that in mind we will be booking a canning slot at the contract canning place and sending 1000L of Dassler and 1000L of Pixie Juice away to be carbed up and put into 440ml cans. We’ll have to give our website a proper online shop page nearer the time too. Don’t get too excited yet though, the ingredients arrive next Tuesday and I won’t have time to brew until the week after so I’ll be brewing Dassler around 26th May, then the lager will be in tank for approx 5 weeks before heading out to the Canners. I’ll be brewing Pixie Juice in time so it can be sent away for Canning at the same time as Dassler, ensuring we pass the Lab analysis for the Gluten Free test so we can properly brand the cans as Gluten Free.

Thats about it, best of luck to everyone we sell beer to and those that we don’t. See you on the other side, erm keep doing that great Social Distancing, Stay at home, *&%$ Boris, check up on your friends, if someone is struggling help them, be excellent to each other, if it smells like poo it probably is… Wash your hands for 20 seconds 😉

Thanks for your continued support xxx



Update – 24th March 2020

BoJo has spoken.

We are closed.

If you ring our doorbell we will not answer.

We are closing down the last few things in the brewery.

We have minimal staff in the building with the others being told to stay at home.

Any remaining orders on our system will go out as planned observing social distancing guidelines.

If you phone us after Thursday we will not answer, please direct all communications to

We are waiting for guidance and confirmation from SIBA & Government as to whether we can provide an online order and delivery service.

If we can provide an online service for beer drinkers the info is already here.



SIBA Update to Online Shop with Deliveries.

Pubs Shut = Our Brewery Bar Shut

There it is, the news that should have happened last week, Pubs have been told to shut after this evening.


What this means to us:

Cask beer sales to pubs has slowly been dropping off, we have been trying to move our supply method towards Bag in Boxes of beer, you can read more about our Measures for Social Distancing but still enjoying good beer.

Our aim at this time is to try our best to support the Pubs and Bars that have supported us by supplying Take-out sizes of Boxes of beer to them so they can pass on to you  for drinking at home. This allows the Pubs to operate like Bottle-shops and we all manage to take a little slice of the pie and *Fingers Crossed* all ride out this Virus-Storm!

This also means we cannot open the brewery bar and allow people to drink beer in our premises.

Further Plans for keeping drinking the beer you / we love so much:

We can operate just like a Bottle shop! And we hinted how this might work in a blog post earlier this week.

  • We can open the brewery for beer collections.
  • We will reduce the amount of time we open to ensure we respect customer’s social distancing.
  • There won’t be anywhere to sit, we can’t let you stay.
  • There will not be any food traders.
  • Our Staff will be Rude to you to encourage you to leave…. Hang on, we do that anyway and you are used to it! 😉
  • You can bring your Growlers, Pop Bottles etc to be filled, please ensure they are sparkling clean.
  • We can give your containers a quick Sanitise before filling.
  • You may wish to buy our Boxed beers via your local pub, so if you can support your local Independent Bar please do that, they can buy the exact same beer from us and you don’t have to travel as far to get it.
  • That said, we appreciate your custom, you can come and collect a Bag-in-Box of beer or order some to collect the following week.
  • We can take payment in a number of ways, if you email us we can send you a Paypal link and there’s literally no contact with anyone, you can pay with Cash or Card on Contactless (up-to £30).

We will post on all socials as soon as we have figured out the details, we may just run 8x Keg Taps.

We will do everything we can to keep bringing you beer, supporting the pubs that have supported us for the last 5 years, and to stay in business.

We’re not sure how things will turn out but we are planning for the best, there will be an end and normal times will be here again, thanks & hugs – The Team @ Wishbone

If you have the spare cash, please support all those local indie businesses.

Greenflute is Gluten Free – Batch 468

Here are the Lab test results for Greenflute, you can now drink it with confidence 🙂 This can be ordered in 10L Boxes too, just click the pumpclip for the full range available.

Events Notice

Our Homebrew Competition in May is Postponed, we hope to rearrange a date once all this hoohar is done.

Our Brewery Bar Dates – Please check with us, we will let you know here if we have to shut but up to press our plan is to go ahead with the Friday and Saturday bar dates unless we are told not to.

  • Please do not come if you are unsure of your health.
  • We will have cleaned all the things we should have and sanitised the heck out of things during our cleaning and setup procedures.
  • Please wash your hands when you arrive and at other appropriate times when in the brewery.
  • You don’t have to sit too close to anyone we have plenty of space.
  • If you wish to just bring your Growlers / pop bottles etc then we can fill them and charge you accordingly. We can give your containers a quick sanitise with Peracetic Acid to protect us, the next person to have a container filled pr a pint poured, and you.
  • We will have our 10Litre Boxes of beer for sale, unless randomly we have sold out… if they do sell out this is a good thing as we need to sell beer to survive!

We appreciated your continued support and please support as many small indie businesses as you can during these testing times. It sounds as though we are in for 4-7+ months of this to be honest, we would really like to have a business left when we get to the right side of it. Then its seriously Party Time!!!

M-m-m-my Sh(Ca)arona, Small Breweries, Bars, Shops… eek!

There is quite obviously a lot of talk bout Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and we are all waiting for the Government to tell us all to stay indoors for a period of time.

A point about brewery / bar Hygiene.

We make beer, and to make good beer you have to keep everything very clean, this is common practice in breweries. We have masses of written cleaning procedure in place for all brewery processes. We did extra cleaning (disinfection) the brewery bar setup yesterday too and I’m going to go kill everything again this morning before we open to the public. We have always had a Clean Glass policy on our bar, each pour is into a fresh clean glass so there is no person to person contamination. We have loo roll (obviously) and of course hand soap, so please do wash your hands when you arrive and ensure they are washed at other appropriate times while you are drinking with us.
We are backing-up our own bar and serving procedure and advising staff of the importance of sticking to it. Thanks

The Corona Panic plus the Toilet Roll and Hand Soap panic!

Has already set in and we have noticed a marked change in beer sales this week, this means that a lot of people are already practicing ‘Social Distancing’…. for us in the brewery and many other small businesses this means that sales and footfall are already dropping off and you start to wonder how long you can sustain a business before the Government shout LOCK-DOWN! Assuming sales continue to tail off up until that Government shout out its not going to be good for small business and especially the self-employed who don’t get any sick-benefits.
So then when the Shut-down does happen, 1-2 weeks maybe… yeah it will be like the Christmas holidays in December but without the over-eating or presents to unwrap, So we know we can shut down for 2 weeks once a year, its basically like stopping brewing for 1 month with the wind-down then wind-back up into production again.
But what happens in the wind-back-up after a UK Corona Isolation? I dare say that the landscape of how we do things in the UK will have changed and it will be a change that sticks with us for a long time, its going to be something we will all remember as its a world-event. You can predict that people will be affected and we will start on a slow upturn and the country starts to return to a slightly new normality.

So what can we do?

Please try and support your small independent local businesses, they are all going to need support. And indeed, true Local Support within towns with businesses buying local might just be a really sensible way forward. True Local Support will have multiple benefits, instead of many hands and many people delivering the goods you need its just one or two people which also means that if we think of 20-25miles as being local that we actually all contain ourselves and any bugs we may be unwittingly spreading. Greta Thunberg will also be happy because Supporting Local is also very good for food miles so less fuel wasted and not as much pollution screwing up our planet and our health, this is something we all need to be aware of and I’m glad people like Greta are taking a stand, the world and Govt policy need a kick up the arse!

We hope we and all the other small indie businesses out there come out of the other side of all this with our businesses intact!


The fickle nature of the beer and pub industry

I’ll start off by saying this blog post is only about the 1% of customers with the other 99% being pretty good 😉

I’ll do this kinda scenario-based….

  • Brewery sells beer to a pub, the invoice comes with 30 day terms as standard.
  • The Pub has those full 30 days in which to sell the beer and pay their bill.
  • Nearing the end of the 30 day term the brewery issues a polite reminder that their payment date is close.
  • The Pub fails to pay.
  • A week or so later the brewery issues a Late Payment reminder.
  • The Pub fails to pay or respond to the reminder.
  • A week later a further Late payment notice is sen to the pub, these late reminders could take the form of an email, a letter in the post, a text message, an attempt to contact via the phone or a direct message on social media.
  • The Pub fails to pay and ignore all methods of contact, even when they have clicked the Read-Request in their email or you can see an iPhone iMessage has been read or that a message has been seen via social media.
  • Another week later and further, much more stern communications with the pub are sent.
  • Again the Pub fails to pay or respond to any form of contact.

*For us at Wishbone: At this point these ridicules matters are passed to me (Adrian) from my wife (Emma), she finds that Pubs are less likely to take notice of a Woman. That is a shocking state of affairs and, seriously, have a word with yourselves!*

  • Again multiple methods of contact are used to tell the pub in no uncertain terms that if payment isn’t received immediately then matters will be passed to our Debt-recovery Solicitor and they will include all our Solicitor’s fees on top of paying their bill and any late payment fees.

*For us at Wishbone: This is now around the 60 days of non-payment, which is vastly unfair, we have had to be very blunt with our customer and the threat of Solicitor’s being our only next step usually gets the money out of them!

  • This is also sometimes the point where social media and public posting start become a valid means of extracting payment!

*Oh and just to add an extra Insult, the pub pays by Cheque adding even more days onto it before the money comes out of their account! But at least we got paid eh!! FFS!

The simple facts:

  • The Customer agreed to buy beer.
  • The Customer signed a delivery note/invoice that states our payment terms.
  • The Customer sold the beer.
  • We held up our part of the bargain and more than likely uplifted the empty casks too.
  • We need paying for the goods so we can pay our staff and all other associated bills.
  • We spent an extra 30 days, on top of the allowed 30 days, waiting for and trying to get payment.
  • When we finally get payment from the customer we find that the customer decides to fall out with us, take-their-bat-and-ball-home and won’t want to trade with us again.
  • We didn’t do anything wrong, we only ask to be paid for the goods we sold.


The thing we take from all this is that some customers do have ups-and-downs, turnover fluctuates in business, some customers are so laid back, some customers are forgetful and slack… this doesn’t mean they are horrible people ‘cos some of them are lovely.

Yet if you read all the above you will have seen that the main problem is a customers ‘Lack of Communication’ with us at the brewery. If you don’t talk to us the only thing that happens is that you are backing us into a corner with little option but to send in the heavy mob (Solicitors).

It is not worth the added hassle of dealing with people who do not pay on time, it costs us money and causes stress. I think we are pretty lenient at Wishbone, there are lots of companies that would have sent a Solicitor’s letter 10 days after the agreed payment terms.

Thanks for listening, this is a fact of life for Breweries all over the UK. Try to be in the 99% not the 1% 😉



*A little note about a chunk of the Wholesalers beer market, we know some good modern wholesalers who pay with 30 days terms, this is great…. Though with those old Traditional wholesalers, don’t expect to see any money for 60 to 75 days after delivery! Those guys need to get with the times and play fair rather than making the Brewers support their businesses.

2020 Wishbone Homebrew Competition

It’s Homebrew Competition time once again!

This year’s Homebrew competition is to brew a Pale Ale up to 6% (Not an IPA), brewers are free to use any hops, malt or yeast. Our competition is open to any homebrewer who can get here with their beer entries on the day of the competition.
This is a Private Homebrewers-Only event and it NOT a public bar, mates, wives, girlfriends, husbands, boyfriends and dogs all welcome so long as accompanied by a responsible-homebrewer 😉

Again we are supported by the most excellent homebrew shop The Malt Miller, we can only thank Rob for his continued support and that means…. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place!

Competition Rules:

  • Brew: Pale Ale (Not an IPA) We are wanting a balanced beer
  • ABV: up to 6%
  • Bottles: 3x 500ml Unmarked brown glass bottles (No Swing tops please)
  • Entries: 1 entry per brewer, email your contact details and tell us if you used any speciality ingredients so as to help the judges to
  • Hops & Malts: Entirely the brewers choice
  • Yeast: Entirely the brewers choice
  • Date & Time: Sat 16th May 2020 Doors open 11am, Bar open from 12.00, Judging starts at 13.00, kickout time around 18.00
  • On the day: Bottles to be brought to the brewery between 11.00 & 12.45 on the day of competition (NO Postal entries, we want everyone to come and enjoy the social as much as the competition)
  • Prizes: We will be presenting engraved tankards and certificates and there will be Malt Miller Gift Vouchers too

Again we will be raising money for charity, have 6 handpulls + 2 Keg lines on our brewery bar so we would like 3-4 homebrewers who want to brew a beer for the bar to be served alongside our own beer, all proceeds from the sale of homebrewed and our own beers will be donated to local charity.

Again we will be doing what we can to bring you some beer & brewing related entertainment from people in the brewing industry.

You can find us here:

Wishbone Brewery Limited
2A Worth Bridge Industrial Estate
Chesham Street
West Yorkshire
BD21 4LG

We are a 6min walk from Keighley Railway station and there is a Travel-lodge a similar walk away too for those of you that will be traveling from around the country. Keighley has some great Curry Houses too. We are also on a main bus route with a stop practically at the top of our road.

I’ll update this blog with more details as we confirm things…

Meet the Wishbone staff that make and deliver your beer

Some of you may know us already but for those of you who don’t, we’ll introduce you to our little team!

Adrian is the founder/owner/director and general dogsbody of Wishbone Brewery. He’s been in the brewing industry 10 years now after starting out as a homebrewer but has a mechanical engineering background.
Adrian also runs the Twitter & Instagram accounts for the brewery.
Likes all things beer, cats, synths & peanut butter!

Paul joined us just over two years ago as our delivery driver. Last October he also took on the role of Sales too, so Mon & Tues you’ll find him in the office…then Wed & Thurs you’ll see him out and about delivering our lovely beer to lovely people. You’ll also find him serving behind our brewery bar occasionally.
Paul is also a Web-designer, a keen homebrewer when he finds the time!
Likes all things beer, mince pies & chips!

Oliver joined us at the back end of 2016. Initially taken on as Brewers Assistant…it didn’t take long for Oliver to learn the ins and outs of brewing and he was soon Brewing the beer along with racking the beer and all the other day to day runnings of the brew house! It’s a combination of Adrian & Oliver’s minds that bring you each wonderful beer we brew!
Likes all things beer, football, cats and carrot sticks!

Emma (aka Adrian’s wife), you’ll find her in the office Monday & Tuesdays doing all things admin, book keeping, paying bills, paying wages, printing out orders and generally keeping everyone organised, running the Facebook page and chasing the odd customer for late payments! She is a mobile Cat groomer in the days she is not at Wishbone. She *shockingly* does not drink beer… but likes all things cats,vegan and roast potatoes!

Btw, our next bar date is this Saturday 15th Feb and we will have Mexican Food from Miski Mex, we are open from 12 til 7pm, come and have some beer, grab a bite to eat and if you have any questions about our Crowdfunder then please do ask us, Cheers

Taproom Crowdfunder

Help us open a Wishbone Taproom in our home town of Keighley and bring modern drinks to modern drinkers.

Thanks for watching, we appreciate your help with our venture.

Check our Blog & Socials for updates:

Video by Scott Coulthard

All the details from our Crowdfunder page:

Hi I’m Adrian from Wishbone brewery, We started the brewery in 2015 and were entirely family funded.

We currently open our on-site brewery bar twice each month but we are limited to how often we can do this and its not always that warm being an old industrial building!

Starting a local taproom has been an idea for a while but finances to do this haven’t been available, this is where You come in, we are asking for your support to help us.

We feel there is a gap in the market for an alternative taproom and would like to bring something to the town that would compliment the traditional drinking and be an open, accepting and friendly environment.

This would allow us to showcase our beers in a permanent venue.

We are an independent brewery and will be serving independently brewed beers in our bar from ourselves and other breweries.

Being a small independent business raising the kind of money we need to begin this project is not that easy. Which is why we believe crowdfunding is the best option to raise the funds and get this project up and running, its a way for us to raise the cash and you to get something back in return.

We are hoping to raise £25’000 which will be spent on all the costs of securing premises, fitting out and starting our Taproom.

We hope our venture will help create jobs and bring more people to Keighley.

Check out the rewards!

Here’s the T & C’s….

  • £5 or more donation – does what it says on the tin.
  • £10 Fuzzy warm feeling and a free Pint – You get a Free Pint voucher to spend in our new Taproom.
  • Totes Amazebones – Its a Tote bag! To be collected from the brewery or can be posted to you in the UK.
  • Double your money rewards – You will get a personal discount card and you can spend your reward on half price drinks in our new Taproom.
  • Limited Edition T-shirt – Please state your size and let us know if you require a male or female cut, to be collected from the brewery or can be posted to you in the UK.
  • Wishbone Beanie hat – Please state your size and let us know if you require a male or female cut, to be collected from the brewery or can be posted to you in the UK.
  • Limited Edition Hoodie – Please state your size and let us know if you require a male or female cut, to be collected from the brewery or can be posted to you in the UK.
  • Brewery Tour and beers at the new taproom – fairly self explanatory, 20 rewards = 20 people to come to the brewery at a time and date set by Wishbone for a brewery tour followed by 4 pints of beer in our new Taproom. (This may be split into two groups of 10 to make it easier for people to attend)
  • Free beer pass at a brewery bar date and a T-shirt – £60 worth of beer to drink in the brewery, and you can walk home wearing your new T 😉
  • Private Launch Night No.1 – Free drinks and a T-shirt at the first opening.
  • Private Launch Night No.2 – Free drinks and a T-shirt at the second opening.
  • Brewday Experience – This is on a date to be set for up-to 5 rewardees, we are a working brewery so health and safety is paramount, wet floors, tripping hazards, hot water, chemicals… its all the fun of the fair, NO BEER ALLOWED until the end of the day when we hook up a couple of kegs and relax.
  • Trade-Only Customer Discount 10%, Discount runs for 3 months on Cask & keykeg beers, no other discounts can be used with this discount, all beer prices are standard list prices. The more beer you buy over 3 months the more you save.
  • Mobile cask bar hire and 2x Cask beers – delivered and set up ready for your party / gathering, you will be liable for any loss or damage of equipment.
  • Mobile Keg bar and 6x keg beers –  – delivered and set up ready for your party / gathering, you will be liable for any loss or damage of equipment.
  • Private Hire of the brewery – Date to be agreed with Wishbone brewery, any breakages will be billed for and this does not include food, only wishbone beers and our regularly stocked wines.
  • Design & Brew your own beer – we are a working brewery so health and safety is paramount, wet floors, tripping hazards, hot water, chemicals… its all the fun of the fair, NO BEER ALLOWED until the end of the day when we hook up a couple of kegs and relax. The beer recipe will remain the intellectual property of Wishbone Brewery Limited.

Delivery date for all of the above will be on or just after the time of the new taproom opening, thanks