Monday 11 July 2011

Stonehenge Ales

Our home, The Old Mill, in Netheravon is where all the magic takes place.

The 'mill' started life in 1914 as an electricity generator for the new airfield, using waterpower from the River Avon. 
The power from the river never managed to generate electricity to the extent needed at the local airfield, hence diesel generators were installed to run the turbines. As this proved not to be cost effective, the power station was soon closed down. The years in between power station and brewery the building was put into many different uses. For a while it served as village hall hosting dances and boxing matches. Also a fibre glass factory was in operation. For long periods the towering old mill was boarded up and only the ghost was rummaging the stairs and corridors.

In 1984 Tony Bunce started the brewery at The Old Mill. Danish Master Brewer Stig Anker Andersen (seen on the left) who took up the challenge (very successfully) of brewing good English beer, took over the business in 1993