The Prior’s Oven micro brewery tour took in one traditional pub, The Plough at Holbeach St Johns, which sells a fine selection of ales.
Food was also consumed at the pub before the group continued their journey to Austendyke Ales, where Jason works when he’s not at the Prior’s Oven.
The ales there tend to be named after local roads – Long Lane, Holbeach High Street, Bakestraw, Hogs Gate – a new ale is Sheep Market, where the Prior’s Oven is based.
The group looked around the gravity-fed brewery (ideal for a compact space) and sampled two ales, Long Lane Bitter and Hogs Gate.
Jason says: “It was slowing up by then. I bet we got through half of each barrel.”
Then it was back to the Prior’s Oven where the hard-core drinkers carried on, platters of snacks helping to soak up the ale.
Jason said: “It was a fantastic day and gave everyone an insight into local brewing and that you don’t need to go a million miles to get a good product.
“We mainly sell local beer and I wanted customers to know where it comes from and who brewed it and how it is done really.”