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Totnes Stout wins national Gold

The original Lion Brewery, which ran for decades in Totnes before closing in 1921, was renowned, according to posters from the time, for its ‘celebrated Totnes Stout’.  The town’s New Lion Brewery, which opened in 2013 on Station Road, and which brews its own version of Totnes Stout, can now justifiably call its present day Stout ‘celebrated’ too, having been judged to be the best cask stout in the country.

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) recently held their ‘BeerX’ event in Sheffield, an event at which their prestigious National Independent Beer Awards are held.  Having already won Gold in […]

An American visits New Lion Brewery

We just thought we would share this rather lovely email we had from Bobby O’Donnell of Halifax, MA, in the US.  Thanks Bobby!  He wrote:

“To Whom it May Concern:

Last month I visited your brewery on a Saturday night. Fortunately for me, that was a night you were having a ‘pop-up bar’.  I had just run a marathon in South Devon and hitched a ride to Totnes (see photo above for Bobby’s pint and his marathon medal). Unfortunately, I had over a two hour wait before my train to London. It was cold, dark, rainy, an my legs were weary from […]

‘T3’: our latest, and rather special, White Label Series release

To celebrate 10 years of Transition in Totnes, we have created a very special White Label, one that represents a real departure for us.  We have added 10 grams per litre of incredible Equinox hops and a measure of local honey from Stephen Summers’ Totnes-based bees into this very celebratory beer, along with generous amounts of rolled oats to provide a rich, creamy mouthfeel.  Close your eyes and think of mangoes, locally grown of course.  The artwork, designed by Alisha Coetzee of Brand Artisan, it captures ‘I loved the moment when’ reflections on 10 years of Transition.  The beer […]

We’re seeking the Hop Club farmers of 2017…

Last year, we invited the people of Totnes to become hop farmers.  45 people stepped forward, and planted hop plants in their gardens, on their balconies and patios, and on allotments.  The variety they grew, ‘Primadonna’, was especially chosen for its dwarf shape as well as for the delicious hops it produces.

September 11th 2016 was harvest day.  Members brought in their hop harvest in carrier bags and Tupperware boxes, and the total 2016 harvest was 1.3kg.  New Lion’s Head Brewer Mat Henney then created a beer called ‘Local Hero’ using the hops, which was launched at the ‘Forking Local Food […]