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Thread: Railway related beers
27/06/2011 18:38:55

After a long gap I thought it was about time to get the 'Beer Thread' going again! The three railway related beers here from Cottage Brewing have all featured at our 'local' The Hare over the past weekend. All were very good, though my particular favourite was the stronger 'Goldrush' shown at bottom.


Edited By Kelvin Barber on 27/06/2011 20:22:39

22/01/2011 07:42:30
Two more of Cottage Brewing's railway themed beers appeared over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Unfortunately, I didn't get to sample either!

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 22/01/2011 07:45:15

Thread: Norman Phelps, Model Boat Club President
11/01/2011 10:34:10
Sadly, Norman Phelps passed away on Christmas Eve. The website "Spitalfields Life" re-published their article on him as a tribute. See their January 11 page...

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 13/01/2011 11:12:44

Thread: Railway related beers
17/12/2010 22:59:23

Latest railway related beer from Cottage Brewing on tap at our local is 'Polar Express'. Once again, not sure what the loco is on the label, but the beer was excellent.

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 22/01/2011 07:37:44

11/12/2010 23:51:17
Hi Norman,
Thanks for the info. Just been to the ME Exhibition at Sandown and it was being well received and looked pretty busy. It was also nice to meet my replacement Diane Carney who is now your new web editor. Thanks for asking, the new job is going fine - great to be back on Military Modelling magazine after a very long gap - I last left it in 1983!
10/12/2010 16:31:09

Another fine beer with a railway theme from Cottage Brewing sampled at our local. Couldn't see it listed on their website, can anyone tell me what the locomotive is?

05/11/2010 15:40:09

Whilst visiting Wetherspoon's 'The Lord Moon of The Mall' pub in Central London I spied and sampled this interesting beer which forms part of their current Beer Festival. Coming from the RCH Brewery in Somerset, the beer is named after the famous Strawberry Line railway which used to pass close by the brewery's location. Containing real Strawberries the beer is certainly unusual!
Another railway related beer in Wetherspoon's current festival line-up is Tring Brewery's 'Signal Box' brown ale. For more details on this see: Tring Specials and click on February.

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 05/11/2010 16:05:25

03/11/2010 17:40:12

From the Concrete Cow Brewery based in Milton Keynes (where else?) this beer is a fine ruby bitter of 4.7% Vol. The reason for its title is explained on the label:
"Not far from the brewery and opened in 1838, Wolverton Works was the home of the class 31 steam locomotive nicknamed the 'Bloomer'. So named because much of the lower parts were exposed... a resemblance to a particular ladies fashion of the day... no originals survive and only a replica named 'Wolverton' is a reminder of this wonderful steam era".
Below are two views of the 1:1 scale Wolveton as mentioned on the label when it was displayed at Milton Keynes Station a few years ago (vertical poles on bottom pic are actually lamp posts in the background and are not attached to the loco!) The 2-2-2 locomotive now resides on a special plinth outside the Wolverton Works.


Edited By Kelvin Barber on 05/11/2010 16:03:20

19/10/2010 09:06:24
Regarding the above posting, I can now inform readers that the Hook Norton Brewery visit article will appear in Model Engineer issue 4390 (published 5 November 2010). Be sure to get your copy as it's most interesting!
Thread: North Pine Trades Guild
11/10/2010 09:35:44
An Australian community workshop within The North Pine Country Historical Village which was set-up for retired tradespersons, and other interested persons, to assist with the building work, and to pass their skills to the public. They also make castings for model engineering. Check out their website at:

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 11/10/2010 09:45:11

Thread: Railway related beers
11/10/2010 07:36:08
Posted by NJH on 07/06/2010 13:18:57:
Although not directly railway related there is a strong connection between the Hook Norton Brewery and model engineering in that it STILL uses a steam engine in the beer production process. Still in use since it's installation in 1899! - hows that for Victorian engineering. You can see details on their site at :- Hook Norton Brewery
I used to live that way and still have the memory of a pint of Old Hooky  with lunch in Hook Norton.
The brewery is well worth a visit for the Victorian building and engine -  even if you don't like beer.
Further to this earlier posting above, we now have an interesting article in stock for Model Engineer all about the Hook Norton Brewery as part of our "An Engineer's Day Out" series..
Will advise when it's about to be published...
15/09/2010 16:03:37

Okay, I know this isn't a beer but one worth a mention here due to the fact that the cider takes its name from a steam traction engine owned by the company. It's quite often found on tap in many pubs now and is well worth a try, though best not sampled if driving!

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 15/09/2010 16:08:45

14/09/2010 08:00:28

Another week and another railway related brew at our local pub from Cottage Brewing! This time it's an ABV 4.2% golden brown coloured best bitter with a distinctive hop aroma and named after one of the famous 'Battle of Britain' class locomotives. Built in December 1946 and numbered 34051, the locomotive currently resides in The National Rail Museum at York. See the first entry in this thread for another 'Battle of Britain' class locomotive beer.

05/09/2010 17:36:09

Here's one I sampled this Sunday lunchtime at our local and very nice it was too!
Sorry to show my ignorance, but can anyone tell me about the locomotive?

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 06/09/2010 09:35:26

20/08/2010 16:48:35
Another beer from the Hepworth Brewery was recently spotted (and bought!) in the Waitrose store in Lewes, East Sussex - their 'Iron Horse' ale featured in an earlier posting. 'Pullman' is described as a First Class Bitter which is long on flavour with a good hop nose.

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 20/08/2010 16:56:37

Thread: Forum Posts Obscured by Advertisments
12/08/2010 16:19:38
Nothing I've done as I haven't been on the website today until just now! I'm using Firefox at the moment and it's working fine - suggest there must be some problems with your equipment or internet provider.
Thread: Railway related beers
06/08/2010 15:39:41

Whilst holidaying in East Sussex recently, I visited the Harveys Brewery shop in Lewes and spotted a bottle of 'Bluebell Railway Anniversary Ale'. This celebrates the 50 years of progress at the Bluebell Railway which has operated a section of the former Lewes - East Grinstead line since 1960. Such a nice bottle it seems a shame to open it!

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 06/08/2010 15:43:07

Thread: Norman Phelps, Model Boat Club President
02/08/2010 18:03:48
If you are a regular visitor to our Model Engineer Exhibition then the name of Norman Phelps will be familiar to you. Norman has been a keen supporter of the show for many years during which he has acted as both Steward and Judge. The following item was spotted on the "Spitalfields Life" website and will no doubt be of interest to our model boating fraternity.

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 02/08/2010 18:06:42

Thread: ME Issue 4381 - 02 July - Subscription Copy Delivery ?
07/07/2010 18:24:56
Still haven't had mine so there's no favouritism for the Deputy Editor!
Thread: Railway related beers
05/07/2010 17:21:55
If you are real ale fan and like riding on miniature trains, then why not check out The Fancott pub Nr. Toddington in Bedfordshire. Having visited myself a couple of times I can assure you that it's a fun venue! See the railway's website below for its operating times:

Edited By Kelvin Barber on 05/07/2010 17:39:41

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