Arkell’s Brewery 170th Anniversary Open Day and Beer Festival on 7 September was a huge success with hundreds of people enjoying the sight of two steam engines and several miniature versions, vintage cars from Royal Wootton Bassett, the Swindon Vintage Omnibus, vintage and other motorcycles, and the Capehill Fire Engine.
Pictured top, Arkell’s across the generations – James Arkell, right, with his sons Alex, George and his cousin Nick.
Anniversary images by Richard Wintle of Calyx
The Beer Festival hosted beers from 40 fellow family breweries, most of whom are as old, or even older than Arkell’s.
The oldest brewery in Britain is the 315-year old Shepherd Neame based in Faversham, Kent; the newest the two-year old XT Brewery from Thame Added together they represent 5,239 years of passion for brewing quality beer.
“One hundred and seventy years in business has certainly been lucky for us, so we thought we’d make it lucky for one of our visitors too,” said director Nick Arkell, who masterminded the event.
“It’s incredible to consider just how much brewing expertise we have in this country that has been handed down through the generations,” said head brewer Alex Arkell, who was only appointed to take over the role from his predecessor Don Bracher in 2012.
“The thing about family breweries is that we are determined and long-lasting. There have probably been fewer than a dozen head brewers here since Arkell’s began brewing in 1843.”
During the Open Day and Beer Festival, at Kingsdown Brewery, Swindon, visitors were able to tour one of the very few remaining working Victorian breweries in the world, taste beers from across the UK and were entertained with music and various attractions throughout the day.
Proceeds from the day went to Arkell’s two nominated charities: Prospect Hospice and Swindon Cares.
All pictures by Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com