On Thursday the 15th of November 2012 the West Berkshire branch of CAMRA were delighted to take up an invitation to visit Arkell's Brewery in Swindon. The brewery, which was established in 1843 has been in the hands of the Arkell family since its establishment and is still housed in the original Victorian buildings in the north of the city.
Chartering a private coach, the branch arrived in style and slightly early, and therefore took advantage of the brewery tap, The Kingsdown just across the road from the brewery to have a swift half before the visit began.
The brewery had laid on 4 of it's ales for the visitors; 3Bs their 4% best bitter, Moonlight a 4.5% Golden Beer, the tasty and refreshing Wiltshire Gold at 4% and finally Kingsdown Special Ale, at 5% the most powerful beer of the night.
Alex Arkell, the newly appointed head brewer, took parties of visitors on a tour around the brewery showing off all stages of the brewing process from the mash tun to the bottling production line.
The brewery were also generous enough to lay on a hearty buffet including tasty chilli and chicken curry, just right for a chilly November evening.
Members of the branch enjoying the hospitality of Arkell's Brewery. Head Brewery Alex Arkell can just be seen at the very rear. Free Trade Manager Barry Hunt is front centre.
The branch would like to extend their thanks to all at Arkell's brewery, especially Free Trade Manager Barry Hunt who arranged the visit for the branch.
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