Greengate Brewery is located in Middleton, Greater Manchester in England.
A retired cotton manufacturer named John Lees formed Greengate Brewery which produced real ale in 1828 after buying a patch of land and cottages in Middleton.
The brewery was once residential cottages which date back to the 17th century.
In 1876 John Lees’ grandson, John William Lees, took over the Brewery and renamed the company to J.W. Lees & Co. Brewers.
Today the brewery remains a family business and is run by the 6th generation from John Lees.
The permanent beverages of the brewery are J.W. Lees Bitter, first brewed in 1828, John Willie’s Premium Ale, Coronation Street Premium Ale (brewed under license from ITV), Brewer’s Dark, Moonraker, Scorcher, Dark Smooth, Extra Smooth, Greengate Smooth, Golden Original Lager, and Bohemia Regent Premium Lager (imported from the Czech Republic).
J.W.Lees & Co. Brewers own the wine distributer, Willoughby’s which supplies venues across the UK with wines and spirits
Reported Paranormal Activity
In 2004 Living TV’s Most Haunted visited Greengate Brewery due to its reputation of being haunted by many spirits.
A night watchman reported he was hit around the face by an unseen force whilst he was on duty at the brewery.
Staff members have reported feeling strong sensations of people standing behind them but when they tured around there was no one there.
The ghost of a lady has been seen seated facing away from a table in the JW Lees Boardroom. Another ghost of a lady has also been seen walking through the brewery kitchen door wearing a long brown dress.