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

Steam Powered (ABV: 4%)
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This is the last in our celebratory steam collection of beers. To create this delicious dark mild Ale we used 4 different types of malt resulting in a deep complex flavour of chocolate, caramel and coffee. This is then layered with a piney finish from our blend of English grown hops.

Arkell’s was originally built in 1861 as a steam brewery utilising steam from coal fires to run many of the processes in brewing, we still use much of the same techniques using steam as our main source of energy.

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Our House Beers

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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Mustang Black (ABV: 4.2%)
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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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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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Honey Pale Ale (ABV: 4.5%)
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Brewed to organic standards, our Honey Pale Ale's unique honey ingredient comes from a UK honey supplier. With its golden, amber colour, floral and honey nose, it tastes light and fresh with perhaps just a hint of tropical fruits.

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Malthouse Craft Lager (ABV: 4.2%)
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Since its release in 2013 to celebrate our 170th anniversary, our lager, 1843 Craft Lager, has become one of our most popular, award-winning brands.

This is a classic 'craft' lager brewed using pale malt with some wheat added for extra body and mouth feel and traditional lager hops. It is gradually fermented at a much lower temperature and matured for 3 weeks in tank at an even lower temperature to produce a pleasant, light, refreshing beer.

This year as part of our 175th anniversary and after consulting some of our loyal drinkers we have decided to update its name to Malthouse Craft Lager, named after the old Malthouse that was built here at the brewery by our founder John Arkell in 1877.

4.2% ABV. Awards: SIBA's BeerX celebration of British Beer Gold Award 'Champion' Beer 2014 & SIBA Pale and Golden Lagers Gold Award South Region 2014

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Hurricane Ale (ABV: 4.0%)
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So popular, we've made it one of Arkell's house beers, now straight from the keg. Naturally, Arkell's Hurricane Ale (4% ABV) 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.

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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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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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Moonlight (ABV: 4.5%)
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Originally brewed as a special in 2003 to celebrate the 80th birthday of Peter Arkell OBE, father of the present Chairman James. The name moonlight portrays Peter's missions flying low-level sorties over France in 1943, picking up agents in occupied territory using the moon to land. The label on the bottle has a Lysander plane on it, which Peter Arkell actually flew in. Now a regular beer, Moonlight has a golden auburn colour with a warm toasty aroma and distinctive citrus hoppy flavour from Celeia hops.

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Bottled Beers

We also bottle some of our beers. We started bottling beer all the way back in the 1930's, this requires a careful conditioning process in the brewery in our cold tanks. The beers are then gently filtered to increase the shelf life and filled into bottles. Our regular bottled beers available are KINGSDOWN, MOONLIGHT, LIGHT ALE, BEE's ORGANIC, WILTSHIRE GOLD.

Kingsdown Moonlight Bees Wiltshire Gold Hoperation

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