A NEW brewery has launched with the help of Wanderers legends John McGinlay and David Lee.

The former Whites aces have backed Ben’s Brewery, which has opened its doors in Adlington.

Ben Haydock is one of the trio behind the family-run enterprise, which kicked off its life with a fundraiser for Chorley’s Inspire Youth Zone over the bank holiday weekend.

The gathering, featuring a silent auction and raffle, took place at The Cardwell Arms in Chorley Road.

Ben said: “In a short space of time part of a warehouse has been transformed into a brewery, complete with a bar area and cold store for storing our casks of beer and we have brewed five different types of craft ale.”

Former auctioneer Ben had been keeping his eye open for a suitable vehicle when a brewery came up for sale.

He eventually decided to forsake the lot and invested privately in a full brewery set-up.

And with the kit secured he was able to offer up a corner of the warehouse at his office furniture business to get the venture off the ground.

He roped in the services of his father, Keith Snr, and college student son, Keith Jnr, to make the fledgling firm a three-generation affair.

Ben says he has already sponsored Farnworth and Blackrod cricket clubs for the season ahead and was pleased to be able to support the youth zone.

His initial foray has seen the brewery produce five craft ales - a Chorley Brown Ale, pale ale The Light Brigade, a traditional bitter in The Duke, Proper Grafter for stout lovers and Blighty, an IPA, available in bottle and nine-gallon casks.