White Horse Branch members recently enjoyed a splendid Saturday afternoon belated-Queen’s-90th-birthday bash courtesy of the good citizens of Adkin Way in Wantage, and its most famous son, Shaun Cunningham, owner of Adkin Brewery. Shaun has been running a half-gallon nano brewery from a building close to his house for the past ten years. The current plant was installed in 2013, and with careful planning, Shaun can manage two brews a day. His beers are often to be found at local festivals, occasionally at pubs in the Vale, and by order—in both cask and bottled form—from the brewery. Shaun gave us an entertaining tour around the brewery. We all fitted in … just; as the photograph illustrates, brewery space is tight, but perfectly manageable.
For our visit, Shaun provided a lovely four-percent pale ale, Alfred’s Citra, comprising malt from Warminster and flavoured with citra hops. We were all encouraged to “pour our own” from one of Shaun’s beer engines, and with practice—and yes we did—we soon became experts. Shaun also opened a few bottles of his far-from-standard four-percent stout, a weaker cousin of his award-winning 5% JP Stout, for lovers of the dark stuff. Delicious food was kindly provided by the local community, and we were made to feel most welcome.
Pictured here (left to right) are Nick Lowton, Nick Gould, Janine Lowton, Shaun Cunningham, Ian Winfield and Alan Durrance.
The Branch would like to thank Shaun very much for his invitation, his informative tour, and, last but not least, for his wonderful beer.
Many thanks to Nick Lowton for the photographs.