The Hook Norton Brewery in the county of Oxfordshire has been following this tradition since 1849. Five generations of the family have plied this craft and visitors are welcome to pop in to gain some insight into the workings of an active brewery which produces ale glorifying in names like Old Hooky, Hooky, and Hooky Gold.
In fact, I could almost imagine naughty schoolboys “playing hooky” from school so they could sink an illicit Hooky or two!
The brewing plant is a traditional Victorian “tower” brewery; a rather sombre, yet intriguing brick building. Up until 2006 the brewing process was powered by steam.
The nearest big town is Banbury, but the countryside here is typical of rural England: farmland, rolling pastures, contented cattle and sheep, beautiful old trees, and winding lanes.