One of my favourite breweries features today. Admittedly it is from the 'other side' but it does show that some good things do come out of Lancashire, and this is one of them.
Pictish brewery was established in 2000, and soon developed a following from those of us that liked their light, hoppy beers. One of these 'Alchemist Ale' (at 4.3%) soon became part of the breweries regular portfolio. It is a straw coloured beer, hoppy, but not overhoppy, and a pleasant malty background.
It won awards throughout the decade at various beer festivals and was named as one of Camra's beers of the year in 2009. Recently though, it has been quite difficult to track down, but I discovered it in the Kings Head and can confirm that it is still in fine form.