Beer brewed in Goosnargh is Gold, Truckle and a Bit O’Blonde - and in the Guide

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While pubs are going bust at a record rate, beer production in Lancashire is booming, according to the real ale bible.

Four independent “micro breweries” have come on tap in the county in the past year with five more in the pipeline, says the 2014 Good Beer Guide.

Lancashire currently boasts 20 independent breweries with the Goosnargh label one of a quartet to come on tap since the 2013 Guide was published.

Based at Ye Horns Inn the company only started brewing in April and has already got a listing by CAMRA.

Head brewer Mark Woods said: “The bigger breweries have moved away from cask or craft beers to concentrate on lager production and that has left a big void which the micro-breweries are filling with quality products. At the Horns we decided to move into brewing as a way of diversifying.”

Goosnargh Gold, Goosnargh Truckle, Bit O’ Blonde and Real Goosnargh Bitter are four of the beers on offer.

Goosnargh is one of three Preston independents now in the Guide.

And the picture is mirrored across Britain as drinkers get more of a thirst for traditionally-produced ales.