Bombay Brew Rochdale Mural

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Date : 2019

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Opening its doors for the first time in December 2019 is the new, tastebud-tantalising Bombay Brew in Rochdale. Showcasing a delicious array of India Pale Ale beers and a ‘Mumbai meets Rochdale’ street food menu, this new pub and restaurant venue is also home to a new Doodlher mural.

I was approached by the Bombay Brew team in September about creating something special for one of the walls. After hearing the team’s concepts for Bombay Brew, I immediately set to work on my design. I wanted to create a mural that was both decorative and told a story. A piece of bespoke art that connects the Bombay Brew concept with true world events.

Sketching out the design on paper for Bombay Brew

My design tells the fateful story of the Bombay-bound Crusader vessel that set sail from Liverpool in January 1839. Laden with a bountiful cargo of silk, printed cotton, woollen cloth, glass, tin and iron, the Crusader was also stocked with hogsheads of ‘India Ale’ brewed by Bass and Alsop’s.

Little did its crew know that the weather due to roll in that evening was to be the biggest storm to ever hit the North West coast. The winds caused destruction as far as Manchester, and salt spray was even reported as far as Huddersfield in West Yorkshire.

The ‘Big Wind’, as it became known, blew strong and brought many vessels to their demise. The Crusader came to rest on a sandbank and its hull broke up spilling the valuable cargo into the sea. Many of the Crusader’s wares were salvaged by customs and sold by auction the following month, including the ale.

Some say that the sale of this IPA beer and thus its consumption by the local populous marked the beginning of its popularity on the British beer market. Others say this is merely a story of legend, one that floats in the same league as pirates, sunken treasure and ships in bottles.

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