Phipps NBC
Phipps NBC
Cask Ales
Phipps Ales are available in 18, 9 or 4.5 gallon casks to the trade or for private customers with stands and taps.

We also sell 10 litre - 12.5 pint and 20 litre - 35 pint polypin boxes of beer

All these can be ordered rack bright to serve straight away without settling

Diamond Ale 3.7% " A hoppy harvest ale for the season of mellow fruitfulness"

The oldest recipe we brew today, a light amber harvest ale brought back to life from Phipps' 19th century, leather bound brewer's books. A cunning combination of Kent hops rule the taste buds over Maris Otter, Pale Ale and Crystal malts. At 1036 OG this brew comes from the top end of a range of beers designed for thirst quenching following a hard day's work in field or factory. Diamond Ales were Pickering Phipps' original bright and sparkling beers which were developed in the early 1860s as the craze for Burton style bitters swept away dark, heavy porters, a link with the company's roots in rural Towcester.

Red Star 3.8% "A full-bodied Midland Red bitter"

This is a deep red, nutty 3.8% bitter based on the old NBC recipe, passed on to us by Pat Heron who started at NBC in 1954. Pat's father was Head Brewer at NBC's Phoenix Brewery on Bridge Street before him. Red Star is a true working man's pint made with the traditional Mild Ale malt variety that was a staple of NBC bitters and milds in the 1950s.

Midsummer Meadow 3.9% "A floral hoppy ale brewed by the banks of the River Nene"

A fresh interpretation of the classic Phipps style of sweet, amber-gold ales but using modern aromatic Amarillo hops. This fruity session ale is inspired by the famous water meadows that lie between our home town of Northampton and the meandering River Nene. The perfect companion for lazy summer days by the river or in the pub garden.

Available from Spring to Autumn

Cobbler's Ale 4.0% "A chestnut session bitter with strong local appeal"

A pint of bitter that gives you a full range of complimentary flavour and a dry finish that leads you smoothly into your next pint. Cobblers Ale was a 1930s NBC brew that celebrated both the county's famous shoe industry and its football team

Phipps IPA 4.3% "A pint of history in your hand"

Phipps IPA, brewed to an authentic 1930s recipe, is a golden beer relying solely on the pale ale malt in its grist for its colour. The classic blend of Goldings and Fuggles hops gives the characteristic English ale flavours to this full-bodied beer. The balance of bitterness and sweetness, allied to a smooth hoppy after-taste, creates a most drinkable pint and our flagship brew. THE iconic Northamptonshire pint, brewed to suit the tastes and water of the county, it was originally a stronger India Pale Ale strength at 4.8%. Its reduction to 4.3% during the First World War opened up the beer to a wider audience. The ale was taken to the hearts of the county's shoe workers as its hoppy flavour and bitterness cut through the tannin rich leather aroma that cordwainers spent their working days inhaling.

Ratliffe's Celebrated Stout 4.3% "Always wholesome, strong and true"

This is a creamy, full bodied malty brew, satisfyingly rich with distinct caramel and coffee notes. A combination of crystal and roasted malts give the stout its deep, dark flavour topped of with a creamy, thick tan head. Unlike some stouts, it isn't overly bitter due to careful use of traditional English hop varieties in the brewhouse. Winner of the CAMRA Winter Beer festival in Derby 2013. In WW2 Ratliffe's Stout was sent out as a gift by Phipps to the Northamptonshire Regiment who were a part of the Desert Rats and they continued to supply the regiment as they fought through North Africa and Italy.

Steam Roller 4.4% "A robust, dark and fruity ale"

Steam Roller is the first new brew to emerge from the country's oldest new brewery; a burnished copper coloured pint which rolls over the taste buds leaving a smooth finish of toffee and caramel. As the flavours fade away, a hint of smokey notes lingers. Not far from The Albion Brewery stood the steam roller and traction engine works of William Allchin where these mighty beasts were made from 1847 to 1925.

Seasonally available.

Becket's Ale 4.5% "Brewed with Northamptonshire honey"

Brewed to mark the 850th anniversary of the trial of Thomas Becket at Northampton Castle and inspired by the recent discovery of the town's first commercial brewery at an archaeological dig opposite our brewery. We have crafted a sweet dark and malty pint with honey the key constituent, an ingredient often found in Mediaeval ales. Becket's Ale won the best Artisan Drink award at 2015's Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards

Bison Brown 4.6% "A big beast of a brown ale"

In the 1950s and '60s, Bison Brown was one of Phipps' most popular pints with its bottle version a best seller. In today's market where beers are getting hoppier and lighter as brewers vie with each other to get more hops in your glass than ever before, many have forgotten the pleasure to be had from a smooth malty brew with a balance of flavours. Phipps always swims against the tide of fashion, looking to our proud heritage to bring you this brown ale with the creamy texture of a stout but the hoppy character of a strong ale; the best of both worlds in one bottle.

Cascadia 5.0% "A New World IPA"

A combination of the classic Phipps IPA English grist and a selection of Pacific North Western hops varieties, Sentinel and Cascade gives you a fusion brew of old and new world flavours. This style of beer is the signature brew of the Cascadia region of North America from Vancouver down to San Fransico and has generous cold hop flavours at a craft beer strength.

Black Star 5.0% "India Black Ale"

Another fresh development marrying elements of Phipps historic recipes with iconoclastic new styles. The dark malt signature is robust but smooth whilst the fruity but subtle hop flavours give the beer an easy drinability.

Winter Special

Gold Star 5.2% "A strong export pale ale"

To mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of Phipps' original Bridge street brewery, we have brought back to life the final new brew from the old company. Following the merger of Phipps and NBC in 1957, all dark beer production moved up to NBC's North brewery and all pale beers went to Phipps' South Brewery. This meant that NBC's Export Pale Ale should have been brewed in a Phipps building by Phipps brewers. That was never going to go down well with proud and loyal men so without informing the management, they dusted off the old pre WW1 Phipps IPA recipe and strength and brewed it in place of NBC's ale. When Watneys took over a few years later this was the first casualty of their rationalisation of the brewing range, Gold Star was too strong, too expensive and too good to survive. This titan of a beer has the colour and drinking quality of the IPA but with a subtle punch of an export strength ale.

Look out for more historic Phipps ales returning to a pub near you as well as fresh new recipes for the future.

Bottled Ales and Stout
Phipps bottle conditioned IPA in classic Flip Top bottles, and three new bottles for Christmas '15, Bison, Stingo No.10 & Steam Roller
The Phipps core bottled ale range, available around Northants and beyond as well as from the brewery bar

Also available from Phipps, Hoggley's range of

Albion brewed cask and bottled beer.
Phipps and Hoggleys bottled ales can be bought direct from the Albion Brewery 7 days a week from 8:30am until the bar shuts.
They are also sold in most of the area's fine delis and farm shops.
Bottles including a mixed case of 12 can be ordered nationally online from Brewers Direct website, click on image below.
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