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13th December 2022

Hook Norton Brewery – Beer brewed to honour brewery dray horse


A Limited-Edition Premium Ale From Hook Norton Brewery

Hook Norton Brewery has brewed a unique beer to celebrate the life and legacy of Commander, their much-loved dray horse who passed away recently.  A loyal colleague to many, and a friend to all.

The beer was brewed with the help of Head Coachman, Nick Carter and Groom Alyster.

Head Coachman, Nick Carter says “Command and Conquer is a fitting tribute to a noble horse and friend who did exactly that. He was a loyal colleague of the brewery for the last four years of his life, a steady hand with a larger-than-life character. We’re thrilled to honour his legacy with this premium ale and keep the traditions of working horses going here at the Brewery forever.”

A donation from the sales of the beer will be made to The War Horse Memorial which honours the service of animals in war and provides a lasting legacy for animals in need.

The beer will be available in bottles and four packs in the brewery shop and online at It will also be available on the bar at the brewery and at selected Hook Norton pubs.

Hook Norton Brewery remains quite unique being one of only three Breweries with working delivering Shire Horses which have remained on site since 1849. (Despite a brief spell of 40 years after the Second World War!) and last year, under a new Shire Horse team earned themselves approved centre status for the Shire Horse Society. Their passion for the Shire runs throughout the Brewery, with Managing Director, James Clarke being a trustee for the Shire Horse Society. Throughout the summer, their horses and horsebox tour the country visiting local and national shows for demonstrations and competitions.


See: Bay

Smell: Spice

Taste: Grapefruit


Additional information

Handcrafted in the Cotswold Hills since 1849, Hook Norton remains a truly independent family-run brewery. With the founder’s great great grandson, James Clarke, still at the helm, Hook Norton continues to offer a wide range of award winning ales in cask, keg and bottle. What to find out how they produce their award winning beers? Hook Norton Brewery runs brewery tours 7 days a week. On site there is a Malthouse Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas, meeting and conference rooms, free museum, shire horses, party and event spaces, and now weddings! Please visit for more information.

Press release from Hook Norton.

For further information, please contact Mark Graham via