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High House Farm Brewery

Friday 13th was not at all unlucky. Not only was it another visit for the smallholders but it was to a brewery!!

Mr and Mrs Urwin provided us with a warm welcome, a fascinating tour and a tasty supper. High House Farm is a traditional non intensive farm with a mixture of arable and livestock. Following the foot and mouth outbreak of 2001 the family decided to diversify into brewing. It is now perhaps unique in the area for growing barley specifically for the beers it produces.

During our visit we saw and smelled the process of brewing. We soon realised that the secret of the taste of a beer is in the production and processing of the malt and hops as well as a sound knowledge of chemistry or alchemy production and processing of the malt and hops as well as a sound knowledge of chemistry or alchemy.

The Urwins have won awards from CAMRA for the quality of their beers which impressed those of us who were ‘persuaded’ to taste them. Auld Hemp had a fine amber colour and fresh malty flavour and contrasts dramatically with with Black Moss which is a red porter style ale and has a roasted malt flavour.

The brewery has a coffee shop and visitors’ centre selling the beers and local arts and crafts. It is not surprising it has won a Countryside Alliance Best Diversification Award in 2006.

An enjoyable evening with everyone leaving with all drivers sober!!

Bob Morgan