Hook Norton Brewery keeping tradition alive

Winston and Roger with long serving Drayman Roger Hughes NNL-160922-131149001

Winston and Roger with long serving Drayman Roger Hughes NNL-160922-131149001

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Hook Norton Brewery has expanded its shire horse and dray team with the arrival of Winston and Roger, two black, pure bred shires.

Aged 10 and eight respectively and standing at over 18 hands they will be working alongside the existing pair of Major and Nelson.

Roger Hughes along with new horse groom Elizabeth Csak with Winston and Roger NNL-160922-130750001

Roger Hughes along with new horse groom Elizabeth Csak with Winston and Roger NNL-160922-130750001

The shires deliver Hooky beer to the local pubs on Thursdays and Fridays and can be seen out and about around Hook Norton on the first Saturday of every month.

The shires team will also be venturing further afield attending various game fairs, country shows and beer festivals during the year showcasing the unique character of the brewery and its strong links to tradition.

Shire horses have been an integral part of brewery life since day one and, for many years, were the reliable backbone of its delivery system.

The shire horses will be cared for by veteran drayman, Roger Hughes along with new groom Elizabeth Csak and will make their home in the brewery stables.

Mr Hughes said: “The new shires have settled in well to their new home, even getting on with our regimental and temperamental goats.

“After a few days of being in a separate field they are now all together with Major and Nelson.

“This week we will start getting them used to the dray and of course standing outside of a pub.

“We will look to send them out delivering either together or individually with either Major or Nelson to show them the ropes. Once they are settled we would like to run all four together which will be quite a sight.”