The man behind the building of over 1,500 apartments in Liverpool city centre has announced his latest venture, a craft beer brewery.
Paul Bolton, who founded successful housebuilder Charlton Homes in the late 90s, is set to open the Windmill Brewery near Parbold following a substantial six-figure investment.
Based at Standish Hall Farm on the edge of Wigan the brewery takes its name from the Windmill pub in nearby Parbold village, which Paul owns.
Regulars at the pub have been tasked with trying out the brewery’s sample pale ale and dark bitter, which will be the first of four brews to come to market.
Paul, who also owns the hill-top wedding venue West Tower in Aughton, overlooking Liverpool, says: “The beer market has been transformed over the last couple of years, with consumers seeking authenticity and distinctiveness.
“The big brewers are struggling to keep up, which leaves room for nimble breweries like Windmill to come up on the inside rail.”
Two giant vats will enable the brewery to make two different beers simultaneously, with capacity for 18,000 pints a week.
Paul sold Charlton Homes to Irish firm PLC McInerney Homes for £7 million before moving into city centre apartment development and later, the hotel market.