Sudbury/Pentlow: Brewers celebrate 25th anniversary of popular beer Old Growler

Current Growler Brewery head brewer Paul Gower and former head brewer and creator of Old Growler Dr

Current Growler Brewery head brewer Paul Gower and former head brewer and creator of Old Growler Dr Ian Hornsey toast the beer's 25th anniversary. - Credit: Archant

Growler Brewery, based on on the Suffolk-Essex border at Pentlow, near Long Melford, today celebrated the 25th anniversary of the beer which has inspired its new name.

Previously known as Nethergate, from its original home in Clare where it was established in 1986, the business has now adopted the Growler Brewery identity to reflect the popularity of one of its most successful beers, the dark porter-style Old Growler.

With former Essex and England cricketer Graham Gooch, who pulled the first pint of Old Growler at The Bell in Clare on November 7, 1988, presently in Australia for the current Ashes tour, the honour of pulling the celebratory pint today went to Dr Ian Hornsey, the original head brewer at Nethergate, who created Old Growler.

Today’s ceremony was held at the Waggon & Horses in Sudbury, which Growler Brewery now owns. Also present were current head brewer Paul Gower, new managing director Steve Wilkinson and co-founder Dick Burge who sold the business in 2010.


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