I was lucky enough to be invited to visit so at the first available opportunity I leapt at the chance. Built in 1865 in old farm buildings sited by a lake it must surely be one of the prettiest breweries in Britain. It was founded by Richard Arkell, the bother John Arkell of Arkell’s brewery. When the grandson of the founder, Claude Arkell, died in 2007 he left it to his (second or third?) cousins at Arkell’s and both breweries are now owned by the same family.
They were graining out when I arrived, shovelling from the mash tun to a trailer on the back of a tractor. The peacock on the tractor was an added bonus.
As it’s a tower brewery we started at the top where the boil was taking place in an open copper.
Our visit had been timed so we’d get to see the casting out to the hop back. I got a bit over excited at this point.
The water wheel inside the building was in action, though the back-up wheel on the outside was more photogenic.