I particularly like the quote from the former commercial director in the link Seth Haniel provided.
"Perhaps if the Geordies had of supported it more in recent years it would of still been around Tyneside"
I am from Newcastle and have commented on this issue on this forum before. His comment beggars belief, it really does. When Scottish and Newcastle (S&N) bought the Federation Brewery in Gateshead. They were given grants from councils in the areas to ensure jobs and investment was protected. What they done was rape the brand and all the Federation brands that they accquired on the purchase of the Gateshead site. What a poor argument to say it is due to falling sales. If it sells more in America, why don't they brew it over there and import it back to this country? Which is incidentally has been mentioned to some of the poor buggers who have lost their livelyhoods today. All those at Tadcaster celebrating the arrival of this brand, don't be surprised if 3 years down the line it is moved to the good ole US of A!
I will get the spelling right now Strangeways. I was only having a bit of fun because i do know that it was in cheetham and not Ancoats as you said,also there is another local brewery just further down the road in cheetham/hill called joseph holt and i have had many pints of both being a north manchester kid.