Meet the (Bucklebury) Brewer at the Cow & Cask

Ian Batho has independently arranged a Meet the Brewer event with Steve Harris (Bucklebury Brewery) on Saturday 20 November (7.30pm) at the Cow & Cask, Inch’s Yard, Market Street, Newbury. RG14 5DP

There will be a cask of beer from the brewery on tap and samples of the other beers brewed at Bucklebury Brewery will be distributed during the event to allow all the beers to be tasted. Steve will talk about the micro brewery, the individual beers and plans for the future and answer any questions.

The four core Bucklebury Brewery beers are: Bucklebury Gold (4.3% ABV), Bucklebury Best (3.7% ABV Bitter), Bucklebury Harvest (5.8% ABV, Autumnal ale showcasing German malts and hops) and Bucklebury Black (5.7% dark IPA with New World hops).

Tickets are £5 per person and attendance is limited to 15 maximum. To confirm a booking, cash payment in advance is required at the Cow & Cask (NB Limited opening hours Any enquiries to Ian Batho 07517 658071 or email:

Beer & Cider for local collection & delivery (Feb 2021)

This list is ‘Work In Progress’ – please advise of any errors or omissions. Check weblinks for further details.

Alphabetical order. Associated text for Pubs in black, Breweries in dark red, cider makers in green, bottle shops in purple. (weblinks shown in blue)

C = collection possible (note restricted hours and that advance order is usually required before collection), D = delivery possible (note minimum order &/or charge may apply).

Ciderniks, Kintbury – C & D

Cow & Cask, Newbury – D

Green Shed Cider, Newbury – D

Delphic Brewing, Thatcham – D

Indigenous Brewery, Chaddleworth – C

Inn at Home, Newbury – C & D

John O’Gaunt, Hungerford – D

Pang Valley Cider, Cold Ash – D

Spare Wheel, Newbury – D

Two Cocks Brewery, Enborne – D

Tutts Clump Cider, Stanford Dingley – C & D

West Berkshire Brewery, Yattendon – C & D

Wild Weather Ales, Silchester – C & D

In January 2021 Zoë Andrews updated the Reading & Mid-Berkshire CAMRA Mine’s A Pint Online LocAle posts to reflect changes since April 2020. How to keep it LocAle in Lockdown pt. 1 (Updated January 2021) now also mentions A Hoppy Place in Windsor and some local breweries and cidermakers offering collection &/or delivery services. How to keep it LocAle in Lockdown pt. 2 (Updated January 2021) now includes Berkshire Beer Box and Dolphin Brewery as well as some more local breweries and cidermakers offering collection &/or delivery services.

Pulling Together Resources - CAMRA - Campaign for Real Ale

Berkshire Beer Box delivers a monthly selection

Since November 2020, Jymi Plumer, has been collaborating with breweries in Berkshire to select eight beers per month for delivery exclusively to the county’s beer lovers.

The eight breweries for each month are selected in advance and shown on the website. However, recipients still get a surprise when opening the box to see which beers are included. This choice is based on Jymi’s discussions with the breweries and some beers may not be selected until the last moment as this is dependent on availability.

There will be a variety of styles and strengths so it is a good way to try some quality beers that you might otherwise miss.

The box may also include extras like beer mats or bonus items.

The Berkshire Beer Box website explains that there is a start and end date for placing an order for delivery on a specific Friday-Sunday period.

Payment (initially £25 per box) is taken using PayPal Checkout that can accept credit / debit cards.

The contents of past boxes can be viewed on the website. Beers from breweries in West Berkshire in the first two boxes included: Indigenous Brewery (Ammo Belle, Double Warp); West Berkshire Brewery (Good Old Boy, Renegade Lager); Butts (Golden Brown); Wild Weather Ales (Shepherds Warning).

The BBB website has a Frequently Asked Questions section and an area for signing up to register interest for updates.

Rob Cheshire of Berkshire Business Voices recorded a podcast with Jymi Plumer about Berkshire Beer Box and there is a link to listen to this from the BBV website.

It is also possible to keep up with Berkshire Beer Box on social media:





Instagram post showing the eight beers from the December Berkshire Beer Box.

Free membership of Saviour Pennies beer club for CAMRA members

The White Hart Inn, Hamstead Marshall has decided to throw the Saviour Beer Club open to Camra members at no cost.  

That means:

  • Benefits of the club, with its seasonal meets to taste new beers. See Members night below for details.
  • Discounted Beer, with all Saviour beers are discounted to £2.75.  There are 3 beers on at the moment; Boozer (3.5%), Tipple (4.2%) and Gold (5%).  A 3-litre take-away of any Saviour Ale will now be £13.75 for club members.

Loyalty points

In addition there is a loyalty app where 5% of your spend is accrued.  So, the net cost of a pint is £2.60 after the loyalty bonus.

Members night

We will still have members night where a firkin of the sessional beer will be launched.  The next night is Thursday 1 October at 7pm where the autumn beer Sweep’s Eyebrows (Porter, 4% ABV) will be launched.

On the bar

St Austell Brewery Tribute Cornish Pale Ale has joined the cask ale range.

The latest release of Saviour Boozer is a green hopped version, additionally using Northdown hops from the garden in the hopback.


We are looking at providing transport from Newbury and Kintbury on Friday evenings and Saturdays.  Our insurance requires that it is only available to members and there is no fee /payment.  It must be pre-booked.

We have a seven-seater car so we can provide a lift for 5 passengers, so the Government limit of six is not breached.  Door handles will be sanitised after each journey and face masks must be worn.  Warm clothing is necessary as a window must be open.


Saviour Beer Club T-shirts will be available to purchase.

How to join the club

Go to  Click on Members at the bottom, then register.  You will receive an email with a link to download an app.  The app has a QR code so that you can claim your discount and accrue points.

Pulling Together in West Berks

While we are in lock-down there are still a lot of pubs and outlets in West Berkshire providing services for the needy, desperate and regulars.

Some pubs are offering takeaway meals &/or beer and delivering to local residents as shown in the table below. Visit for more details.


Some local breweries and cidermakers are offering delivery services including:


Delphic Brewing Co (Thatcham) – free delivery within 15 miles – visit for more details and online orders.

Tutts Clump Cider – free local delivery. Shop may be open at weekends. Travellers Rest Farm, Hungerford Lane, Bradfield, West Berkshire. RG7 6JH Tel. 0118 974 4649 Mob: 07836 296996  Email.

Ciderniks (Kintbury) – online shop.

Jennie Bray

Jennie Bray, one of the earliest members of the former Newbury branch, died at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, on 31 January 2020 at the age of 81.

Jennie was born and brought up in Derby, and was introduced to beer drinking by her father. After moving to West Berkshire, she and her second husband Jonathan joined CAMRA in 1974. She attracted great attention when serving at the new branch’s first beer tent at Newbury Agricultural Show that September.

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