Wigan-based microbrewery All Gates has announced plans to buy four pubs and expand its brewery to quadruple capacity. The company has opened six pubs since it was founded five years ago and wants to increase the number to 10. There are also plans to acquire additional premises to increase brewing capacity four-fold - it currently produces the equivalent of 500,000 pints per year. All Gate’s Mad Monk beer was named best strong ale at the Society of Independent Brewers’ awards last year. The company produces seven permanent ales, a seasonal brew and a monthly special ale. All Gates joint founder David Mayhall told a local newspaper: “We’ve come a long way since we established a brewery in Wigan after an absence of more than 30 years.”