Head brewer Alex Arkell, said: “I’ve loved creating these special ales to celebrate the town’s railway heritage.Swindon has a lot to be proud of.” In celebration of 175 years of Steam in Swindon, Arkell’s brewed three special cask beers this year.The Awards, now in their 23rd year, celebrate the best food and drink across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and are a benchmark for excellence across the region.In 2016, 1,200 products and over 300 hospitality and retail establishments entered the awards, with the highest standard ever being set for judges to select winners from.The malt is then layered with a piney finish from a special blend of English-grown hops.At 173 years’ old Arkell’s Brewery grew up alongside the Great Western Railway, establishing itself just two years after the great railway works.
“Time doesn’t stand still, however, and while we celebrate our heritage, sensitive investment in our brew house and its equipment should keep us powering forward for the next 100 years.” [Photograph attached of Head Brewer Alex Arkell next to a Class K horizontal steam engine.]...Arkell's TV - watch videos Arkell’s Brewery, which is helping Swindon celebrate 175 years of Swindon’s railway heritage this year, will be releasing its final special Steam beer on November 7th.Steam Powered, at 4% ABV, is a delicious dark mild ale using four different malts to create a deep and complex flavour of chocolate, caramel and coffee – perfect for warming the body on nippy, Autumnal evenings.Head brewer Alex Arkell said: “We’re over the moon to have won Champion Beer for our Kingsdown brew.
The first, Golden Gooch (3.7% ABV), was released in September to celebrate Sir Daniel Gooch, Brunel’s first engineer’s 200th birthday on August 24th.
From October 3, Hooter (5% ABV) was on the pumps at Arkell’s pubs and from November 7, the final beer, Steam Powered (4% ABV) will be available across the Arkell’s estate of pubs.