Hook Norton Brewery News

Whenever we have some news from the brewery or any of our pubs, we’ll be sure to post it here. Look out for lots of stories coming up, reporting on events and anything else we think might be of interest to you!

Brewery Tour Gifts

Who shot the lights out?

Posted on 3-April-2018   by Mark Graham

Over the years the buildings of Hook Norton Brewery have been used for a number of things other than Brew related. It started with World War Two and soldiers being billeted in the Stables, and then with the threat of invasion the Malt House was earmarked as a food store. In later years the local […]

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Hop growing in North Oxfordshire?

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When considering Hop growing areas in the UK we naturally think of Kent, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and maybe South Oxfordshire but not North of the county. What made me study this subject was the reference on an old 1800′s map of Banbury (above) to there being a ‘Hop garden’ showing on Salt Way. Here’s what […]

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Why the gardens in Hooky are blooming

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Brewers Spent Hops. Last month we looked at Brewers Grains and their use when the Brewery had finished with them, this month we look at spent Hops. Hops are the flowers the hop plant, they are used primarily as a flavouring and stability agent in beer to which they impart bitter, zesty, or citric flavours. […]

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Why the cows are happy hooky ones

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Brewers Grains. Regular visitors to Hook Norton Brewery will be aware of the Farm trailer parked at the base of the Brewery tower which is there to collect the spent grist from the brew mashing process. The grain is dispensed from the mash tun into the trailer via a tube in the centre of the […]

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Brewery Museum

Hook Norton Brewery – Christmas 1939

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Any visitor to the brewery in December 1939 could be forgiven in thinking they had come to an army camp. This is because based here at that time were elements of the Durham Light Infantry. Fortunately for us historians the head brewer at this time, Bill Clarke, has written some comments about the early war […]

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1899 building tower brewery

Brew dates – Hook Norton beers

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During Brewery tours I’m often asked the question “Which is your oldest Beer?”. The easy answer of course is ‘Mild’ as this is shown as ‘Brew number 1, November 24th’ in the original John Harris brew records of 1856. To further add to this, if we then look through the sources shown below we find […]

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Looking back at Brewing and Pubs in Hook Norton

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Looking back at Brewing and Pubs in Hook Norton. Today, when there’s talk of Beer in Hook Norton we naturally think of the ales brewed by our famous Brewery here in Scotland End In 1300 the Brewing scene was very different, and we have Margaret Dickens history of the village to thank for giving us […]

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Looking back – Hook Norton pub snippets – The Pear Tree, Hook Norton

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Located at the end of Brewery Lane and known as the Brewery Tap, the Pear Tree was opened as a pub in 1869. John Harris had earlier recorded his first commercial brew in 1856 and soon after, in 1859, opened up a Beerhouse in Down End. The acquisition of the Pear Tree saw the beginning […]

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Castle Inn

Get married in your very own Castle

Posted on 28-March-2018   by Mark Graham

Looking for a unique venue for your wedding day? Look no further than The Castle at Edgehill, Warwickshire, a 17th Century pub with beautiful grounds and spectacular views overlooking the Warwickshire countryside. Whether you’re planning a small informal wedding or a large celebration, they are now fully licensed for Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships in all […]

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Matt Weedon takes head chef role at The Fox, Chipping Norton

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Matt Weedon has been appointed head chef at The Fox, a traditional 16th century inn situated in the centre of Chipping Norton’s historic market place. Earning multiple accolades, including Michelin stars, at two of the restaurants he headed, he brings a passion for dishes with a strong emphasis on quality ingredients from local suppliers to […]

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British Hop Awards 2017

Posted on 22-March-2018   by Mark Graham

Kent hop growers Hukins Hops have been named the overall winner of the British Hop Awards for 2017, as the results of the 74th Institute of Brewing & Distilling’s (IBD) annual competition were announced at an awards ceremony at Hook Norton Brewery on 9th February. Ross and Peter Hukins’ sample of Bullion came out on […]

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Live at the Apollo comic comes to Hook Norton

Posted on 19-March-2018   by Mark Graham

Funhouse Comedy Club, which already runs successful nights at various venues all over the country, is excited to announce the launch of their brand new comedy night at The Sun Inn, Hook Norton on Wednesday April 18th. Funhouse Comedy Clubs are renowned for having exceptionally friendly audiences and a brilliant atmosphere which have led to […]

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