Hi all! Happy New Year from all at Northern Monkey!!
As always, a lot of time seems to have passed since the last blog update, oooops!
We've been pressing on here behind the scenes and the last few weeks and months have been some of the busiest since we first burst (bumbled) on to the scene in 2016! Yes nearly four years ago!! Liam curated and ran the very successful first ever Beers of Bolton Beer Festival. Never before have the brewers of the town come together in force to support each other like they did, and its testament to the town and people that we have so much pride and so much to be proud of in Bolton. Special mention to Tin Head Brewery and the Nook and Cranny for their input, been a long time since Craig from the Nook worked up a sweat like that! We've played around a little in 2019, launching various collaborations including the Bolton RIPA brewed with the fantastic Tuesdays Skateshop, with a Rum and Raisin Stout being brewed alongside the guys from Salford Rum Company.
The huge news this year of course was the opening of a sister venue that will also be showcasing Northern Monkey ales in the stunning backdrop of Lake Windermere. Something that started with a routine chat and coffee in one of our favorite locations in the UK, soon turned into what a great location for a bar. Henceforth, Boaters Bar was born! There have been various challenges along the way, not least the location and its distance from our beloved Bolton, but a few career decisions that needed to be made. Ultimately, when you look at the picture below, you see the decision was already made.
If you've not yet been up, you'll not be disappointed!
Back to matters at hand, and Northern Monkey! We released our merchandise range in December, we've often played with selling t shirts etc.. but really focused our attention on getting great Monkey apparel on the market, and you weren't disappointed. We sold out twice resulting in a few desperate phone calls to suppliers to make and deliver more asap.
Our online Shop is now live! Bear with us whilst we get our heads around this but we're excited to get our monkey out and about as far and wide as possible.
Lastly, and as we start to become a little more well versed in the drinking trends around Bolton Town Centre, we have updated our opening hours as follows;
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - 3pm-9pm
Wednesday - 3pm - 9pm
Thursday - 3pm - 9pm
Friday - 12pm - 11pm
Saturday - 12pm - 11pm
Sunday - 3pm - 9pm
We also have various offers on our facebook page to get over those January blues.
Look forward to seeing you all either at Northern Monkey or Boaters Bar.