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Three Breweries, Three Anniversaries, 175 Years of Brewing

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Hook Norton Brewery has teamed up with fellow family breweries Everards and Joseph Holt to brew three unique beers as they all celebrate 175 years of beer and brewing.

The breweries will work togetherand brew three different beers in March, May and September with the head brewers coming up with unique recipes. All the beers will feature hops from Charles Faram, who have generously donated them from their existing range and their hop development programme.

Established in 1849 by John Harris, a farmer and a maltster, and now with his Great Great Grandson James Clarke at the helm, Hook Norton continues to brew award winning ales, lagers and stouts. Tradition runs deep at Hook Norton, all through their iconic Victorian Tower Brewery where original machinery is still used to brew, across its pubs at the heart of their communities and of course in the shire horses and dray, still used to deliver beer the traditional way.

Hook Norton Brewery Managing Director James Clarke said: ‘Whilst we have collaborated with other breweries before, working with our fellow family breweries who are also celebrating 175 years of beer and brewing makes these beers extra special and we are very excited to get brewing!’

The first of these unique beers, Tower Ale, will be brewed at Hook Norton Brewery with the brewers from Everards and Joseph Holts on hand to help with the brew.

Brewer Andy Thomas said: ‘We are very excited to be using Olicana in our special one off 175 beer. We have used Olicana before and loved brewing with it for its tropical and floral notes. This variety in our eyes is on another level. We’ve combined it with Goldings, the UK’s oldest variety and Fuggles, a mainstay of our Hooky beers over the years. It’s great to continue our longstanding association with Charles Faram.’

Tower Ale 3.8% Enjoy this unique ale in the best, most enjoyable environment, your local pub with friends and family. Taste tradition with a modern twist.

  • See: Light amber
  • Smell: Floral, light passion fruit and grapefruit notes
  • Taste: Sweet toffee notes and a light fruity finish

Tower Ale is a limited edition release and is available on the bar at the brewery, in Hook Norton pubs across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire and also through Everards and Joseph Holts outlets.


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