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West Berkshire brewery is cock of the walk


Reporter: James Williams Reporter

Email: james.williams@newburynews.co.uk
Contact: 01635 886633

A WEST Berkshire brewery is celebrating its first birthday this month by picking up three regional awards.

Owners of Christmas Farm in Church Lane, Enborne, Phil Palmer and Michael Butcher, set up Two Cocks Brewery in October last year.

A year on and the brewery, which is situated on the site where the Roundheads camped the night before the Battle of Newbury, is celebrating winning three wards at the Small Independent Brewers Association south east beer competition 2012, which was held in London recently.

The brewery won two silvers for its bottled golden ales and cask stour, and a bronze for its bottled bitters.

“The awards are a hugely respected industry standard and winning one, let alone three, is an amazing achievement for us and really consolidates our place as a craft brewery of high quality ales.

“For West Berkshire it’s great news as there is now another local, acclaimed craft brewery that gives customers more choice,” Mr Palmer said.

The brewery uses its own water from a borehole sunk deep into the Berkshire chalk as well as wild hops found in the farm’s hedgerows.

The farm sells a number of other products from savoury pies, Wiltshire Horn lamb and Berkshire pork to fruit, vegetables and chutneys.

“We set up the brewery as a farm diversification business,” Mr Palmer said.

“It all fitted together perfectly so we decided to go into brewing alongside our livestock. The grain waste from the brewery feeds our rare breed Berkshire pigs and Dexter cows.”

Mr Palmer added that the business is scheduled to expand later this year with a bigger brewery on the farm.

For more information about Two Cocks Brewery and Christmas Farm, visit www.christmas-farm.com

Pictured above is Nick Brading of Murphy and Son Limited presenting the bottled gold beers silver award to Phil Palmer, centre, and Michael Butcher, right, of Two Cocks Brewery for their 1643 Cavalier.

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