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Philips Hook Norton Brewery Trip

20th September 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday 20th Sept 12 of us arrived at Hook Norton Brewery for the visit. Unfortunately due to a road closure at Seven Springs and a long detour via Charlton Kings the tour started with two of us missing: however they soon caught us up.


 

 

 

 

We were met by our tour guide Monty ( Paul Montague) who proved to be a mine of knowledge on the history and brewing practices which he passed on very well to us all. He explained how the brewery started as a farm and deleted into a tower brewery. This meaning all ingredients including water are taken to the top of the building to start and gravity being used to bring production down.

 

 

 

 

 

We were shown into the steam engine room which used to be the power house and pumping room for the brewery which is now electrically powered. It was explained that the water originally came from well but now comes from a bore hole.


 

 

A very comprehensive tour followed which involved much climbing of very steep staircases and detailed explanations of how water,different malts(roasted germinated barley),different varieties of hops, and yeast were successfully combined into making fine ales of varying strengths, colours and flavours.
After this very interesting tour of almost 2 hours, we adjourned to the visitors centre where we were treated to samples of the many different and good, varieties of the ales being currently brewed. Several purchased beers and merchandise from the shop and after bidding them farewell and thanking them for the visit we adjourned to the near by pub "The Gate Hangs High" to enjoy lunch 

 

 

 

 

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