Our Beers

Hand crafted beer with all natural ingredients

Great Ale Since 1843

We believe that without raw materials of exceptional quality it is impossible to produce first-rate beers. This is why we go to great efforts to source the best malted barley from around the UK and spend the hop harvest every year picking out the finest grown hops for our Ales. We have a staple of distinctive regular beers and also introduce seasonal and special ales throughout the year.

Latest Beers

Saison (ABV: 3.8%)
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Our newest beer is brewed in its most traditional and natural form. A style of brewing that has its roots in medieval agriculture.

Historically brewed in the winter months, utilising the cooler weather to control fermentations and produce essential spent grains for the animals at a time of year when less food could be grown. The beer was then stored and used as a refreshment for the workers who helped during the thirsty summer harvest months.

We’ve sourced a hybrid yeast strain that ferments just as it would in traditional farm brews, giving the beer unusual spicy and intense fruity flavours.

Arkell’s roots are in farming, and naturally grown ingredients, straight from the farm to glass, are as important now as when John Arkell farmed his barley back in 1843.

Cheers!

Alex Arkell
Head Brewer

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Honest John (ABV: 4%)
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Nitro best bitter, all the best parts of cask beer... the unique soft texture of a cask conditioned ale and the moreish caramel, toffee flavours of a best bitter all poured gently though a keg tap. Perfect for clubs, bars, restaurants & hotels where cask beer is not an option.

'Honest John' was the name by which our founder was affectionately known locally, he was an innovator who embraced steam technology when building his brewhouse, at a time when steam was the new kid on the block. You could call him the original steam punk!

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Our House Beers

3B (ABV: 4.0%)
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Originally known as Arkell’s Best Bitter Beer. First brewed in 1910 and affectionately known as BBB or 3B by customers ever since. A copper coloured Ale with a pleasant fruity and malty nose. It has a lingering bittersweet flavour of balanced Maris Otter malt and traditional Fuggles and Golding hops.

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Wiltshire Gold (ABV: 3.7%)
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A light golden coloured Ale brewed using English Maris Otter malt, which creates a satisfyingly sweet malty flavour. The use of traditional hops give the beer a mellow floral hop aroma followed by a distinctive hoppy taste. Serve slightly chilled.

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Malthouse Craft Lager (ABV: 4.2%)
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Handmade, refreshing, characterful English lager brewed using local barley grown just around the corner from our brewery.

Unlike many lagers we like to slow ferment Malthouse for up to a month, creating a softer cleaner flavour with a satisfying fullness in the mouth. After this, rather than pasteurising and cooking the aromas, we gently triple micro filter the beer to lock in the thirst quenching flavour.

SIBA's BeerX National Gold Award 'Champion' Beer

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Voyager (ABV: 5%)
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Voyager is a tribute to adventurous spirit.

Way back in the early 19th Century before John, founder and great by-many grandfather, had selected our picturesque site to realise his passion and build a brewery, he was a farmer by trade. Times were hard in British farming so he upped sticks and voyaged to the uninhabited plains of Canada to build a new farm and a new life. “You can tell Polly that we live like two old, long-bearded and grave old bachelors,” John writes home to his brother.

Love eventually brought him home and our beautiful brewhouse soon followed. We’ve used American hops as a nod to his time across the Atlantic, giving the pale ale a fruity kick.

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Hoperation IPA (ABV: 4.2%)
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So popular, we've made it a House Beer! First brewed in Spring 2015, Hoperation is a blend of English and American hops brought together to create a powerful hop flavour in this Pale Ale with oats and wheat in the grist to provide a smooth rounded finish.

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Pioneer (ABV: 3.8%)
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In 1860, while our founder John and his sons were building up our brewery in bonny England, two more of his sons took a more adventurous route into brewing. They sailed off to New Zealand to pioneer English brewing techniques and built breweries all over the country.

To mark our 175th anniversary, our head brewer visited New Zealand and has
created this New Zealand-style IPA in homage to great brewing Pioneers. We shipped the hops directly from New Zealand to create a perfect, Kiwi, well balanced, session IPA. Enjoy!

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Hurricane Amber Ale (ABV: 4.0%)
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Only available straight from the keg. Naturally, Arkell's Hurricane Ale uses the lemony Pilot hops which, when combined with Maris Otter Malt, give the beer a delicious, well-rounded finish - like a Hurricane coming into land. A refreshing amber ale.

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Mustang Black (ABV: 4.0%)
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BRAND-NEW RECIPE. This is a full-bodied stout, where we've blended 6 different malt varieties to create the grist for a moreish, smooth, creamy taste. Nurtured during a slow gentle maturation period, the balance of flavour from the selection of malts creates the perfect drinkable stout.

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Haze (ABV: 4.0%)
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Our first vegan & gluten-free beer. Available in selected pubs.

Awarded Gold in the Keg Session Pale Ale category at the SIBA South West Independent Beer Awards 2024.

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Bottled Beers

We also bottle some of our beers, which we first started way back in the 1930s. This requires a careful conditioning process in the brewery in our cold tanks, before the beers are gently filtered to increase the shelf life and filled into bottles. Our regular bottled beers available include 2B, 3B, DESI BIYAR, HOPERATION, KINGSDOWN, MOONLIGHT, MUSTANG BLACK, PIONEER, VOYAGER & WILTSHIRE GOLD, plus special seasonal & commemorative beers, when available.

All are available to buy at our Grape & Grain Wine & Brewery Warehouse, plus online for delivery in the UK.

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