Steaming ahead with a brand new brew at Arkell’s

By Anita Jaynes on 1 November, 2016

Arkell’s Brewery, which is helping Swindon celebrate 175 years of Swindon’s railway heritage this year, will be releasing its final special Steam beer on November 7.

Steam Powered, at 4% ABV, is a delicious dark mild ale using four different malts to create a deep and complex flavour of chocolate, caramel and coffee – perfect for warming the body on nippy, Autumnal evenings. The malt is then layered with a piney finish from a special blend of English-grown hops.

At 173 years’ old Arkell’s Brewery grew up alongside the Great Western Railway, establishing itself just two years after the great railway works. Arkell’s steam brewery was originally built eighteen years later, in 1861, and used steam from coal fires to run many of the processes in brewing. The brewery still adopts many of the same techniques, using steam as its main source of energy.

Head brewer Alex Arkell, said: “I’ve loved creating these special ales to celebrate the town’s railway heritage. Swindon has a lot to be proud of.”

In celebration of 175 years of Steam in Swindon, Arkell’s brewed three special cask beers this year. The first, Golden Gooch (3.7% ABV), was released in September to celebrate Sir Daniel Gooch, Brunel’s first engineer’s 200th birthday on August 24th. From October 3, Hooter (5% ABV) was on the pumps at Arkell’s pubs and from November 7, the final beer, Steam Powered (4% ABV) will be available across the Arkell’s estate of pubs.

“The way we brew beer at Arkell’s today is much the same as it would have been in the 19th century,” says Alex. “Time doesn’t stand still, however, and while we celebrate our heritage, sensitive investment in our brew house and its equipment should keep us powering forward for the next 100 years.”

Pictured above: Head Brewer Alex Arkell next to a Class K horizontal steam engine.