Burton Brewery Locomotives Day 12th July 2015

June 23rd, 2015

Thanks to Mick Connors, who has sent the following-




Burton Brewery Locomotives Day 12th July 2015

Steam Passenger Timetable, Brewery Locomotive

Shunting Demonstrations, Brewery Road Vehicles



Chasewater Country Park, Pool Lane (off A5), Burntwood, Staffordshire WS8 7NL

Tel: 01543 452623

www.chasewaterrailway.org   info@chasewaterrailway.org

Burton Brewery Locomotive Day 20th July 2014

July 1st, 2014

Mick Connors has sent us the following –


Chasewater Railway

Burton Brewery Locomotive Day 20th July 2014

Four Brewery Diesels & Wagons


Plus visiting

Brewery Road Vehicles


Chasewater Country Park, Pool Lane (off A5), Burntwood, Staffordshire WS8 7NL Tel: 01543 452623 www.chasewaterrailway.org

Joint BHS / Guild of Beer Writers Seminar – “Beer writing – past, present and future”

July 1st, 2014

British Guild of Beer Writers/Brewery History Society

 “Beer writing – past, present and future”

Thursday, 23rd October 2014.

10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

The Hook Norton Brewery

Brewery Lane

Hook Norton


OX15 5NY



The British Guild of Beer Writers and the Brewery History Society are holding a joint one day seminar entitled “Beer Writing; past, present and future”.  This will review how beer writing has developed over the past two hundred years; examine coverage of beer in the modern media and explore how beer communication might evolve in the digital age.










James Clarke


Beer writing in the Victorian era


James Sumner


Gravity, Tint and Bitterness: Beer Writers 1900-1960.


Ray Anderson



The birth of modern beer writing-

1960 to the present day


Ray Newman


Does beer get its fair share of the voice?

Beer in the media today.


Marverine Cole







“Taking the past into the future: new approaches to preserving and sharing our heritage”


Nick Stanhope
“We are what we do”.


Panel debate

“How do we ensure that beer writing has a glorious future?”


Chair – Adrian Tierney-Jones



Brewery Tour




Close for a beer (or two!)



The workshop is being held at Hook Norton’s stunning Victorian Tower Brewery is the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.  Transport will be provided to and from Banbury Station for those travelling by train. 


The workshop is free of charge to members of the Guild and Brewery History Society and their guests.  There is a fee of £25 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Angie Armitage at Cask Marque angie@cask-marque.co.uk.    Please let Angie know if you require transport from the station. 

‘Built to Brew’ by Lynn Pearson, published by English Heritage

July 1st, 2014
Architectural historian and BHS member, Dr Lynn Pearson, has written a stunning book which has just been published by English Heritage
This is available from the BHS book shop (please mention that you are a BHS member when ordering; see http://beerinnprint.co.uk/category_list.php?list=2) and is described by Paul Travis below –
Built to Brew s
‘Built to Brew, The history and heritage of the brewery’ has been written by Lynn Pearson, published by English Heritage this June, with a price of £25. Looking at the book is not dissimilar to the sensation of viewing a select large box of excellent chocolates – whatever you choose is full of delight, both for the chocolates and for this book – any page in the book will reveal interesting information supported by plenty of good illustrations. But to avoid flitting from one section to another go to the contents list where you will see the structure of the book – from the starting point of ‘beer’, then to early brewers (Iron Age, medieval, country-house), development of commercial breweries in the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries up to the present. Then into more detailed analysis of the brewery – the design and planning of the brewery by prominent brewery architects and their works and the insides of the brewery – the equipment for the processes. Powering the brewery looks at the various systems – manpower, wind & water, steam, gas & electricity. A couple more chapters – Burton-on-Trent, the Beer Capital deserves its heritage, growth and decline, and other buildings associated with breweries – such as offices, monuments, plaques, social facilities and finally the current brewery buildings and those that have been lost. The appendices are generous too – chapter notes, bibliography, glossary, Indexes of  breweries and locations, illustration credits.
The book structure is logical and the content is relevant and clear and interesting and well supported with good illustrations; the comments on the benefits of the brewery buildings to the environment (and their loss) are well made.
The book is not cheap financially but the overall content of the book is good value makes £25 well worthwhile.

Worksop and Retford Brewery

May 27th, 2014

Dave Pickersgill has dropped me a line on their recent talk, and a planned follow up –

Since my last email, we had a successful session at Bassetlaw Museum last Saturday. We were billed to provide a one hour talk on the Worksop and Retford Brewery – we started at 13;30, finished talking at 14:30, but then the questions and comments came – we left the building at 15:20 after a really good session! -so much so, that we are doing a ‘show and tell’ follow-up in July. There is obviously a lot of archive material, memories and anecdotes out there. We want to ensure that it is not forgotten.

Saturday 19th July 10.30 – 12.30; Bassetlaw Museum, Retford, free entry

Bring your Worksop and Retford Brewery memories and artefacts


Hogs Back Brewery’s new Hop Ground

May 16th, 2014

On Monday I  joined a number of other volunteers and Hogs back staff for a jolly day planting hops opposite the brewery in Tongham – a new experience for most of us

The group included celebrated beer journalists, Martyn Cornell and Roger Protz, as well as experts such as Dr Peter Darby of Wye Hops, Bill Biddell of the only other Surrey hop grower, Hampton Estates, and brewer Ed Wray whos article on the Farnham White Bine Hop appeared in ‘Brewery History’ recently

Martyn has written the day up beautifully on his blog so I won’t try and do the same, but do have a look if you have time-



I look forward to tasting the fruits of our labour in the fullness of time


Thwaites sponser a Lancaster Bomber

May 16th, 2014

“BREWING giant Thwaites will play its part in military history this summer after it was announced it would sponsor a landmark flight of Canada’s only airworthy Lancaster Bomber Bomber in its flight to the UK.

The Avro Lancaster Bomber, owned by the Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum, will depart from its base in Ontario on August 4, for a month-long commemorative tour.”

See the following link for the full article


New exhibition will display history of Wandsworth’s Ram Brewery

May 16th, 2014

‘Untitled 2014’ exhibition

Jo Thorpe has been photographing the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth before the site gets re-developed later on this year and her work is included in a frthcoming exhibition-

‘The BA Photographers at the University of Kent are holding an art photography Exhibition from 20th to 24th May 2014. The ‘Untitled 2014’ Exhibition will be held at The Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, SE1 1RU, daily from 11am to 6pm.’

See the following for an article and further information-



BHS AGM Weekend

May 16th, 2014

What a fantastic AGM weekend in Cardiff

Thanks to Chris for all his hard work making the arrangements, to everyone who turned up and especially to all of our hosts – at Kingstone Brewery, Tintern; AB-Inbev’s Magor Brewery; Otley and SA Brain, who hosted the AGM

What a variety of breweries, each very interesting in its own right and especially when combined and compared over the few days

We look forward to the next episode in the BHS visit programme



Worksop & Retford Brewery – free talk

April 8th, 2014

A free talk about the history of the Worksop & Retford Brewery is taking place at Bassetlaw Museum on Saturday, 17th May at 1.30pm.

The talk will be given by BHS memebr Dave Pickersgill and John Stocks, two local authors and researchers.

They have written a book telling the half-forgotten story of the brewery and its effects on the sporting and cultural life of Bassetlaw.