Hook Norton Brewery and its pubs have been busy welcoming top sportsmen, raising money and getting recognised in both local and national awards.
Last month the brewery played host to a number of international rugby stars including British Lion Richard Hibbard, England star Billy Twelvetrees and other members of the Gloucester Rugby Squad.
The Gloucester team called in as part of a team building day which saw them arrive in fancy dress. The players enjoyed a tour in the capable hands of brewery engineer, and Gloucester fan, Ben Stowe.
The team also signed shirts and autographs for fans who had heard about their arrival.
Hooky operations manager Bruce Benyon said: “James Hook, one of Gloucester’s key players, is known by all and sundry in the rugby world as Hooky and his team mate and fellow Wales international Richard Hibbard had asked him on Twitter whether he owned the brewery.
“I picked it up and got into a conversation with Richard on Twitter which ended up with them coming to see what we do.”
Both the brewery and two of its pubs have also recently found out that they have been shortlisted for both regional and national awards.
The Pear Tree in Hook Norton and The Bell in Adderbury have been shortlisted by the local branch of CAMRA in its pub of the year award. The brewery has been shortlisted in the prestigious Morning Advertiser and Publican awards (commonly regarded as the Oscars of the Pub Trade) in the Brewery with Pubs category.
The Butchers Arms in King’s Sutton recently raised money for the children’s ward at Horton Hospital with a poachers night when local game was served for donations. So far this year the pub has raised £500.