Town’s first brewery for 75 years? I’ll drink to that say Vale beer fans

Hop Pole micro brewery opened by Ian Mackey, general manager with Beer Writer Roger Protz
Hop Pole micro brewery opened by Ian Mackey, general manager with Beer Writer Roger Protz

AYLESBURY’S newest brewery has been unveiled to drinkers at the Hop Pole Pub – who will get to try a different beer each week.

The recipe will be changed every seven days at the eight barrel plant which is situated at the back of the pub on Bicester Road.

It will produce roughly 4,500 pints every week.

The brewery was officially opened by Roger Protz, editor of the annual Good Beer Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale.

It is the first brewery to open in the town for 75 years.

The original Aylesbury Brewery Company stopped brewing in 1937.

But the offices and ‘ABC’ brand with the Aylesbury Duck logo continued for many years – first under the ownership of Ind Coope & Allsopp and then later Allied Breweries, until the offices were closed in 1989.

The newly opened ‘Aylesbury Brewhouse’ is run by Hop Pole owners Mark and Phil Stevens of the Vale Brewery in Brill.

Phil said: “We will be giving free rein to the creativity of our brewers, to devise beers to delight our customers with limited edition beers.”

Ian Mackey, general manager of Vale Brewery, said: “I think that small local brewing pubs are a big attraction, I know some people travel quite considerable distances to see a small brewery and pub like this.

“There are people out there whose hobby is trying these types of beers and to experience the beers in the location they are brewed in.

“I have had a lot of people come up to us who are regulars or local to Aylesbury who were really pleased to see brewing back in the town.”

The brewery opening coincided with the pub’s weekend beer festival.