JUDGES hailed it as the best mild sup in Britain.
Now Nutty Slack is set to become the MILLIONTH pint from Standish’s Prospect Brewery.
And brewer Patsy Slevin admitted today that nobody is more surprised at the roaring success of the brewery than the head brewster herself.
She started in her mum-in-law’s garage less than four years ago.
Today she sits proudly at the head of a company based in the old Heinz No 1 steam pudding shop building at Bradley turning out 1,800 gallons a week and is considering taking on a seventh member of staff.
Mrs Slevin, a former children’s nursery manager, founded the company with her IT engineer husband John, because she fancied a career break.
This week, as well as preparing for the milestone brew of Nutty Slack, the Prospect team have been busy preparing their limited edition Christmas pale beer 5.2 ABV ‘Saloon’ - which has been maturing in genuine ex-single malt Scotch Whisky oak casks - for bottling. Just 500 will be made.
She said: “There is nobody who is more amazed by what has happened than me. When I look around on a Friday night, and there are up to 60 happy people in the public bar in the brewery laughing away and clinking their glasses brimmed full of real ale from Standish, I really do have to pinch myself.”
Much of the success of the brewery has been founded on the top-selling session beer Silver Tally, which comprises half of all the brews.
The basic range is now eight beer strong, with occasional and the odd special celebration beer, such as bottled ‘Clementine’ for the Yuletide period.
Many small businesses fail within their first three years. But Prospect appears to have the recipe for success.
Mrs Slevin said: “This isn’t a hobby or an indulgence but it is our livelihood and we work hard at it. I want us to continuing growing but we will maintain our ethos of quality above all else.”