North Cotswold pub brewing own beer
PUBLISHED: 09:39 14 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:12 14 May 2014
Meet the landlords of The Ebrington Arms who are keeping the tradition of brewing bitter and real ale alive
Claire and Jim Alexander, owners of the award-winning pub The Ebrington Arms near Chipping Camden, have spent the past year fulfilling their lifelong ambition of brewing their own beers. The couple worked with local food scientist Dr Julian South, who lectures on brewing technology, to develop their beers which they brew at the North Cotswold Brewery in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire.
The result of their hard work is The Yubberton Brewing Company, named after the village’s original name, which produces two bitters Yubby and Yawnie and a new pale ale called YPA (Yubby Pale Ale). “We’re going back to how it used to be when pubs brewed their own beer. Lots are doing it already but I knew exactly what taste I was after so we’ve come up with a very traditional English bitter. It’s a bit of a dream come true to be honest,” says Jim.
The couple took over the running of The Ebrington Arms in 2007 which has been awarded CAMRA North Cotswold Pub of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and has been a runner up for the past two years. In 2012 Claire and Jim also took over The Killingworth Castle in Wootton by Woodstock in Oxfordshire and the beers can be sampled exclusively at both pubs.
“We can now offer our customers something really unique as the beer is only available in our venues. Pubs can no longer compete with cheap supermarket alcohol so we have to offer more. I urge people to use their local pubs to keep them alive, especially as 28 pubs close every week in the UK,” says Claire.
Last year, in honour of the newly created beers, Claire and Jim held their very own Octoberfest and after its success they will be hosting the week-long event again this year. The festival, now called YubbyFest, is taking place from 6-12 October and promises to be a fun celebration of real ale.