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With over 130 Brakspear pubs to choose from, stretching from the Cotswolds to Brighton, stop for a drink, something to eat or even stay for the night in some pubs. They're all different, with plenty of character, so you're sure to find the right pub to suit you.

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Our Beers

September 2017 – Banks’s Blazin’ Fury

Deep copper in colour, this amber beer is brewed at Banks’s brewery in Wolverhampton and has a warming, gentle ginger spice.

October 2017 – Ringwood Wild Boar

One of Ringwood brewery’s first recipes from their archives, Wild Boar is an auburn beer with a warming and rich malt finish.

November 2017 – Shipyard Session IPA

Session IPA is a light golden ale, built with a variety of US hops giving a grapefruit, pine nose and spicy hop finish.

December 2017 – Brakspear Oh Be Joyful

Enjoy Brakspear's Oh Be Joyful in December 2017. Guaranteed to get you feeling festive, or at least make you feel better after the Christmas shopping, this rich fruity spiced ale is dark and complex with a warming finish.

Brakspear Bitter

Brewed in Oxfordshire, using the famous Henley ‘ double-drop ’ fermentation system in Victorian copper fermentation vessels from the orignal Henley brewery. This amber ale has a crystal malt and a well hopped bitterness in taste, which transforms into a bitter-sweet and fruity finish with a good fruit, hop and malt nose. A superb session beer which is ideal with foods such as fine English cheeses, Ploughman's, and fish and chips.

Brakspear Oxford Gold

Oxford Gold has a citrusy flavour with a fresh and zesty fruity finish. This pale ale has a gold, glittery glisten with crystal malts to enhance the body of the beer. The fresh aroma is contributed by a selective blend of Fuggles, Goldings and Styrian hops. Oxford Gold is the perfect accompaniment for fish, chicken and salad dishes.

Brakspear Special

Brakspear Special is available from the Bell Street Brewery all year round. Up to four barrels a week will be brewed, which equates to over 1,100 pints. This beer has been brewed by Brakspear for over 40 years, and we're following the original recipe. A truly classic English beer that’s golden red in colour with a well balanced aroma and a hint of sweetness. Full bodied, the initial sweetness gives way to a dry hop bitterness.

Henley Pale Ale

In May and June 2017, the Bell St Brewery is launching its first pale ale. Henley Pale Ale is an easy drinking, 3.9% ABV ale which is light in colour and has an array of flavours. Brewed using an original recipe with Brambling Cross and Goldings Hops, Henley Pale Ale is the perfect ale to be enjoyed in the sunshine.


To support Brakspear's year-long charity partnership with Sue Ryder, the Bell Street Brewery is brewing a James Bond themed beer for May & June. Goldfinger is named after Joyce Grove, the Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice which was once the home of James Bond author, Ian Fleming's grandparents. This golden ale is refreshingly moreish and bursting with citrus notes, with 10p from every pint sold being donated to Sue Ryder.

Goldfinger is available in May and June 2016.

Brakspear Mild

That’s right, Brakspear Mild is being brewed back in Henley again! Availble from the Bell St Brewery, this dark brown ale has a reddy tinge and malty chocolate taste with a hint of caramel from using three different coloured malts; Crystal, Amber and Chocolate. Mild is a 3% ABV ale which is brewed using Minstrel hops for a delicate bitterness.

Brakspear Mild is available February & March 2016 from the Bell St Brewery.

Brakspear Old Ale

Brakspear Old is back being brewed in Henley again! After being asked by a CAMRA member at the Great British Beer Festival in August 2014, would we ever brew Brakspear old again, we though why the heck not. It's a 4.3% ABV ale brewed with pale Maris Otter, Crystal and Black malts and Fuggles, Pilgrim and Styrian Goldings hops. It is amber brown in colour and has a rich, caramel taste. Ok, it's no secret, it's Brakspear Special with caramel in it, and it's darn tasty.

Very Merry

A limited edition Christmas ale brewed exclusively for Brakspear pubs over the festive period. This full bodied bitter has a 6% ABV and accompanies this time of year perfectly with its full and rich flavour.

Trail Blazer

Trail Blazer is a perfectly golden ale to be enjoyed en route one of the ever popular Brakspear Ale Trails. This pale ale is refreshingly moreish with citrus notes and available from the Bell St Brewery in July, August, and September 2015.

Two Bells

This special commemorative beer celebrates Henley's ‘Club to Pub’ swim, taking place on Saturday 22nd July. The 1.5km open water swim starts at Henley Rowing Club, going upstream towards the top of the islands, before heading back down to the finish at the Angel on the Bridge. Two Bells is a refreshing and moreish golden pale ale with citrus notes.

Blooming Marvellous

Blooming Marvellous is a limited edition ale brewed exlusively for Henley in Bloom. Brakspear is supporting Henley in Bloom by by donating 20p from every pint sold. Blooming Marvellous is golden in colour with distinguished floral aromas.

January 2017 – Banks’s Brave Old World

A pale copper beer full of vibrant flavours which showcases the hottest new hop varieties developed in the ancient hop yards of old England.

February 2017 – Brakspear Jerusalem

A traditional English amber ale with a dry biscuit taste complimented by a smooth bitterness, brewed especially to celebrate the rugby.

March 2017 – Jennings Golden Host

Brewed at the Jennings brewery in Cumbria, this is a full flavoured, perfectly deep golden beer with a hint of spice and toffee.

April 2017 – Wainwright Rat Race

An invigorating blonde beer which is light in colour but has a powerful abundance of fruit flavours, crafted by the brewers of Wainwright Golden Beer.

May 2017 – Brakspear Honey Bee

We’re working with the Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count and donating 10p to their Bee Cause for every pint sold. This light, golden beer has delicately subtle honey notes and a bracing delivery of hops.

June 2017 – Brakspear Hooray Henley

Hooray Henley is available in June 2017 to celebrate Henley Royal Regatta. Celebrating all that is good about Henley on Thames, a fine way to toast the famous Regatta too. This gloriously zesty blonde beer releases tangy citrus and grapefruit overtones. Light straw in colour with a vibrant citrus hop aroma.

July 2017 – Jennings Hop Commotion

A refreshing strawberry blonde beer with a citrus hop explosion to stir your senses, brewed in the Lake District.

August 2017 – Wychwood Hoppleganger

Brewed at the Wychwood brewery in Witney, home to Hobgoblin, this is an easy drinking, golden ale with an aroma of exotic fruits paired with a refreshing citrus hop hit.

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