Arkell's Brewery

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Arkell's Brewery
Industry Alcoholic beverage
Founded 1843
Headquarters Swindon, England
Products Beer
Website http://www.arkells.com/

Arkell's Brewery was established in Swindon, England in 1843, and has been owned by members of the Arkell family since its establishment. It is Swindon's oldest established company. In 1846, John Arkell took sole control of the brewery from the existing initial partnership between himself, William Large and Robert Arkell.

Brewery

Originally a steam brewery,[1][2] with the engines now being powered by electricity, Arkell's is a tower brewery which works on the principle that raw materials are fed into the top of the building and beer comes out in casks at the bottom.

The brewery building is a Grade II listed building[3] and the site has been designated an Urban Conservation Area by Swindon Borough Council.[4]

Distribution

The brewery owns 97 pubs in the Swindon area and surrounds, including locations in Oxford, Newbury, Reading, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Ascot; and sells its products to free houses in the Thames Valley and London.

In 2005, the brewery entered into a contract with rail company First Great Western to have its beer stocked in their buffet cars.[5]

Promotion

Arkell's have sponsored events at Newbury Racecourse since 1979.[6]

The brewery has been visited by Her Majesty the Queen and politicians such as Michael Howard and William Hague.[7]

Brands

  • Bee's Organic Ale
  • 2B
  • 3B
  • Kingsdown Ale
  • Moonlight

Arkell's won Silver and Bronze awards at the Taste of the West Food & Drink Awards 2006 for its Bee's, Kingsdown and 3B brands.[8]

References

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  3. "Listed Buildings: Stratton St Margaret Parish" (PDF). Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 2007-01-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Urban Conservation Areas in Swindon" (PDF). Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 2007-01-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Wiltshire food and drink now on First Great Western trains". First Great Western. 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Racenews Newslink Archive - Tuesday, March 21, 2000". www.racenewsonline.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-21. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Dave Harvey (2005-04-22). "West: Swindon's swings". Politics Show West. BBC News. Retrieved 2007-01-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Taste of the West Food & Drink Awards 2006". tasteofthewest.co.uk. 2006. Archived from the original on 6 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-19. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

See also

Arkell, Ontario, Canada