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Reddish Vale Country Park

Pollard's Brewery 

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Reddish Vale Country Park

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Pollard's Brewery

David Pollard started his brewing apprenticeship under his father, a head brewer at Robinsons and then worked in the trade in the Isle of Wight, the Wirrel and Birmingham. He started a home brew shop on Hillgate in 1969, which was successful enough to enable him to move to larger premises in Buxton Rd. David then invested £10,000 and started brewing on a commercial scale.

The brewery was in the old Reddish Vale Printworks site. In October 1975 the first brew of Pollard's JB (best bitter) rolled out. The initial order was for 50 18 gallon barrels. Other orders soon came in from Manchester University, a country club, the Cheadle and Heaton Mersey Conservative Clubs, three London clubs and a hotel in Welwyn Garden City.

The traditional brew soon caught on, it was not carbonated or pressurised and it was also stronger and cheaper than many of the nationally available products.

By 1978 the Printworks site couldn't handle the growing demand and the brewery moved to an industrial unit on Ashton Road, Bredbury, a site three times bigger than the old Printworks brewery. Output increased to about 95 barrels a week and supplied to 60 outlets using a specially adapted milk float.

The big brewers had not had competition like this before and had the resources to offer extended credit and other incentives to free trade customers and in the face of this kind of competition Pollard's business had slumped to 40 barrels a week by March 1982, and the brewery was in trouble. Pollard's Brewery went into liquidation the following month and production ceased.