The Village Brewer
The Village Brewer’s first beer was White Boar Bitter, brewed by Nick Stafford at Hambleton Ales. The idea was that Nick would brew the beer whilst premises were found for The Village Brewer.
White Boar, at the time was the lightest and most hopped beer many people had experienced; the aim was to introduce lager drinkers to real ale. Zetland Best was introduced at the same time although this was brewed by Trevor Smith at the Hadrian Brewery, Byker. Again very pale, highly hopped beer. Old Raby Ale was introduced to the market as a dark “old ale” and was originally modelled on XXXB from Batemans. The original pump clip displayed XXXB as a nod to the great Batemans Beer.