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!



To herald what will hopefully be a non typical English summer, may we present our classic Haymaker Premium Pale Ale. Haymaker is a strong, English style pale ale of distinctive taste. Plenty of Goldings hops give it something extra with the distinct fruity aroma and light bitterness working together to create the perfect pint. Some […]

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174 Strong Ale - Hook Norton Brewery


Hook Norton Brewery is celebrating another year of beer and brewing with the release of its range of Anniversary Ales. The brewery first started brewing anniversary ales in their 167th year and have released a new range each year, with the beers brewed increasing a percentage in strength each time. Now in their 174th year […]

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Showing Success at West Oxfordshire District Riding Club

Hook Norton Brewery, now one of only three breweries in the UK with working, delivering Shire Horses proved triumphant last weekend at West Oxfordshire District Riding Club. The Breweries latest purchase, 4 year old gelding Balmoral headed off for his first ever show. Last weekend marked his first time leaving the Hooky stables, travelling on […]

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Shire Horse Success at National Show

Shire Horse Success at National Show Hook Norton Brewery, now one of only three breweries in the UK with working, delivering Shire Horses proved triumphant this weekend at the National Shire Show. The UK’S largest gathering of Shire Horses met last fortnight, (11&12th March) at Newark Showground for their annual breed show, with this year […]

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Shire horses to trot into Newark to promote National Shire Horse Show

Two Shire horses will be trotting into Newark Market Place on Saturday 4th March to help promote the world’s largest gathering of Shire horses, which takes place at Newark Showground the following weekend.  Lady Grey, Brigadier and Head Coachman Nicholas Carter from Hook Norton Brewery in Oxfordshire are due to be welcomed to the town […]

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New recruit to the brewery Shire Horse Team

Hook Norton Brewery, now only one of three breweries to still deliver using traditional shire horse and dray welcomes their latest addition to their Shire horse team. Joining them all the way from Wales, four year old Shire Horse ‘Balmoral’ renamed in tribute to Her Majesty the Queen joins three other Shire horses as colleagues […]

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The Rose & Crown Pub, Oxford has teamed up with local Oxfordshire brewery Hook Norton to brew a unique ale. Debbie & Andrew Hall, and their son Adam brewed the beer to celebrate 40 years of being licensees of the historic and traditional university watering hole on North Parade.  40 Years Bitter is an English […]

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Command & Conquer – A Limited-Edition Premium Ale

We have brewed a unique beer to celebrate the life and legacy of Commander, our much-loved dray horse who sadly passed away recently.  A loyal colleague to many, and a friend to all. The beer was brewed with the help of our Head Coachman, Nick Carter and Groom Alyster. Nick says “Command and Conquer is […]

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Blenheim Palace Launches Signature Beer Made With its own Natural Spring Water

Happy to announce we have helped Blenheim Palace launch its own limited edition signature beer in time for Christmas made with natural spring water from the Oxfordshire estate. ‘Blenheim Palace’ Signature IPA was created using fresh water collected from aquifers beneath the UNESCO World Heritage Site. To celebrate its arrival we arranged for it to […]

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Enjoy a Honkingly good ale

To welcome in the festive season, we now have our Greedy Goose Winter Ale available on the bar and a handy 500ml bottle. A delightfully full flavoured winter ale, rich to the palate and displaying a rounded fruity aroma, with hints of dark fruit. The subtle taste of rich soft fruits are underpinned by slight […]

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Supplying beers and cheers to Banbury United Football Club

The board of Banbury United are delighted to announce that multi award-winning Hook Norton Brewery has partnered with our Community-owned Football Club. Explains Banbury United Commercial Team Liaison Warren Bartlett: “Hook Norton Brewery has teamed up with us not only as our supplier of their world-famous beers, but also in an exclusive deal which sees […]

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Stand down Commander, your work here is done.

We’re beyond heartbroken to announce the sad passing of our Clydesdale, Commander on Saturday night, after a short illness. Commander, joined the brewery in 2019, a larger-than-life horse, with the gentlest of hearts and cheekiest of characters. A friend and colleague with a CV which no horse will ever beat. He was an iconic TV […]

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