Happy birthday, Ringwood!

Ringwood Brewery celebrated its 40th birthday on 1 Feb. It marks 40 years since the brewery was granted a license to brew at its original home, Minty’s Yard.

Founder Peter Austin was a much-loved local chap, who opened a number of breweries before he arrived in Ringwood.

Brewing’s been around in Ringwood since the medieval times. Knowing this, Peter saw an opportunity for his own brewery in the area. So, when the perfect site came up at an old bakery in Minty’s Yard, he seized it!

Peter opened Ringwood’s brewhouse in 1978, brewing Best Bitter and Forty Niner for a handful of local customers. Old Thumper followed a year later, which has since become the brewery’s flagship brew. In 1986, having outgrown Minty’s Yard, the brewery moved to its present site.

Ringwood’s grown a lot since then! Today, it produces around 40,000 barrels of beer, including favourites Razorback, Forty Niner, Old Thumper and Boondoggle. Peter Austin is now thought of as the father of British micro-brewing and it’s the leading brewer of ale in the region.

That’s a lot of history to celebrate! Why not join in with the birthday fun at a 70s themed fancy-dress party on 24 March, to mark the decade in which it all began? Entry is free and there’ll be plenty of ales on the bar, as well as a live band, disco, photo booth and hot food to enjoy! Visit www.ringwoodbrewery.co.uk to find out more.

Happy 40th birthday Ringwood 🙂

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