Award-winning Winchester beer pulls in customers

CHEERS: Steve Haigh, front left, with some happy customers.

CHEERS: Steve Haigh, front left, with some happy customers.

First published in News

A PRIZE-WINNING Hampshire beer has gone on sale direct to the general public for the first time.

Saxon Bronze, which recently took bronze in the Hampshire Beer of the Year competition, is produced by Alfred’s Brewery in Winchester.

Now real beer enthusiasts are for the first time able to buy it from the source – pouring it into cartons straight from the cask.

Steve Haigh, who founded the brewery with his wife Isabelle, said: “The idea is you get to look the man in the eye who made the beer.

And for me it’s great to meet the people who are drinking the beer we produce.”

The shop, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays, follows the launch of the brewery in September last year, when Winchester’s mayor Frank Pearson kindly sampled the first official glass.

Alfred’s Brewery aims to supply pubs throughout Hampshire and got off to a flying start in securing the custom of Badger Farm Social Club.

Speaking at the time, club chairman, Richard Butler, said: “What can I say? It’s probably one of the best real ales I’ve tried. It’s just a fantastic brewery.”

In the past Winchester has been home to several breweries, including the Chesil Brewery until circa 1920; the Lion Brewery until 1931 and the Hyde Brewery until 1925.

Related links

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:43pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bazzeroz says...

I'll drink to that! Good luck to you.
I'll drink to that! Good luck to you. bazzeroz
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree