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Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton

Pub added by Bucking Fastard
54 Kingswell Street

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Danny O'Revey left this review about Albion Brewery Bar

Almost cinema like inside, a nice old building and opened up room . Brewery tap, but the beer is too warm for my personal taste. Nice place though

On 20th October 2019 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Albion Brewery Bar

Phipps brewery goes back to 1864, when the Phipps brothers from Burton on Trent started brewing in Northampton. The last pint of Phipps beers came to a halt in 1968 under Watney's and was only available in bottles up until 1972. In recent years a few brewers books survived, pulled from skips and taken home as souvenirs. Grainstore Brewery brewed their beers up until 2013, until capacity was strained to meet demand.
Funds were raised by the Phipps and Radcliffe family and in 2014 they bought back and restored the Albion Brewery. Since then more of their heritage brews have returned. There were eight handpumps across the bar on our visit, serving six from Phipps, along with one guest beer and one cider. We found the staff to be very friendly and welcoming and the beers we tried were exceptional, we especially liked the Gold Star and the IPA. The pub had plenty of space and you get a good view of the brewery through the glass partition doors along the left hand side of the bar. The bar area looked to be reclaimed as it was traditional in style and constructed from mahogany. Well worth a visit to this brewery tap if you're in the area.

On 11th February 2019 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about Albion Brewery Bar

The Phipps brewery tap in an historic brewery with a labyrinth of underground tunnels below apparently.
The small bar is to the right as you enter behind which is the brewery.
The tap itself is a simple one roomed affair with hops on the ceiling and darts, skittles and bar billiards as diversions.
The service is warm and welcoming with tasters freely offered.
Beers on were largely from the Phipps stable - Gold Star, Cobblers Ale, Golden Goal, Bison Brown and Beckets Ale in addition to Grainstore Triple B and Saxbys Cider. The Bison Brown was an interesting brew and Gold Star always goes down well.
Phipps seem to be becoming more adventurous with their specials and the Albion is always worth a look in to see what's on.

On 6th August 2018 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Albion Brewery Bar

An interesting brewery tap for Phipps ,this is a one room in an industrial building with the brewing kit sectioned off behind the bar.There are some pleasing original features,traditional bench and pew seating and a small bar with 8 handpumps serving a selection of Phipps ales together with some Locale guests.Sadly the condition of my Phipps Gold Star wasn't the best,and maybe the very hot temperatures had something to do with that,however it was still drinkable as was a second pint.A generous CAMRA discount was offered after the barman asked if we were members,a nice touch.There is a Northamptonshire skittles table with a match in full flow,but no flatscreen,fruit machines or muzak.Popular with local CAMRA members,this place has the feel of a micro pub but just in a much lager environment.A totty freezone compared to the bars in nearby Bridge Street.

On 28th June 2018 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about Albion Brewery Bar

A very lively brewery tap, the place was packed on my visit, there was 8 hand pumps on the bar, but couldn't get close enough see all of them, however my Phipps Golden Best was excellent. A band was setting up while I was there that could explain the crowd, despite the crush I enjoyed the place, especially the beer.

On 6th May 2018 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Albion Brewery Bar

Modern alehouse and micro-brewery housed in an old 'converted' brewery building, so quite an unusual history with a re-reversal of fortune. Anyway, the both elements are housed in what could otherwise be something of a barn beside the taller main building, but the central partition breaks things up a bit and there is plenty to look at. The bar features traditional furniture and lots of breweriana plus bar billiards, a form of table skittles, etc. Clear view of the brew plant, with a group visit in the offing by the look of things when I visited. Six Phipps (NBC) beers, including the IPA (£3.40) and one under its Hoggley's brand, plus a local guest and a cider from the eight handpumps.

On 18th December 2016 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Albion Brewery Bar

The Albion Brewery Bar is housed in an old brewery building.
Once inside there is a large square shaped room to the front,with the bar on the right side as you enter the room,there are lots of normal tables and chairs for seating,the front area of the room is up one step where there are more normal tables and chairs,there are some settees to the left,you can see the new brewing plant behind the bar to the left,i did not see the room with a bar billiards table and Northants skittle table.
There is a very good choice of real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Phipps Diamond Ale which was a very nice well kept beer,the other real ales noted Phipps Gold Star,Red Star,India Pale Ale,Diamond Ale,Hop Harvest,there were a couple more i failed to note.
I thought the room was too big for my liking,i thought the beer choice was good and the two i tried were on top form,but is this a real ale drinking barn.

Pub visited 1/10/2016

On 11th November 2016 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Albion Brewery Bar

An old re-converted brewery (Phipps NBC). Very impressive and over two rooms. Main room has vaulted ceiling, reclaimed old furniture, loads of Phipps breweriana. There is a dedicated games area with bar billiards and Northants skittles. Behind the traditional bar (reclaimed fittings) via an oak and glass partition is the in-house brewery which also doubles-up as a function room, 8 pumps, with 7 ales and a cider. All the ales were theirs bar one from Twisted Brewing Co. I tried the Stout and the Red and both were highly tasty and in excellent shape. Was exclaiming to Desmond just how good this place was when a voice piped-up saying ‘glad you like it!’ and he turned out to be the proprietor who was holding court. A jolly nice chap he was too and we chatted to him for 5 minutes. This is an absolute corker and is also two minutes from the Malt Shovel, a pub to which this is now a serious contender for ‘best in show’ in Northampton. 9.5

On 13th August 2016 - rating: 9
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