Some very sad news has been received with the announced closure of Hampshire’s Itchen Valley Brewery. By the end of the month it will be no more, truly a sad day.
Itchen Valley was formed 23 years ago in 1997 and soon grew into one of the established traditional cask beer producers of in the county, producing a fine range of differing styles.
Simon Brown and Clive Mansell had met at a christening where they were joint godfathers and talked about the quality of beers at the time.
And thus Itchen Valley Brewery was formed which soon went on to win numerous local and national awards, including gaining a Bronze in the Champion Beer of Britain awards for its hoppy bitter, ‘Godfather’.
Although the brewery later changed hands the quality and commitment to its beers and the retention of its local roots and use of local ingredients remained.
Perhaps there was a hint of the writing being on the wall when earlier this year they launched a Crowdfunding Appeal when Covid-19 was devastating the hospitality trade, saying
“Put simply we are struggling and the next few months are genuinely critical to keeping IVB open…”
They created a plan that included development of a Canned range and working on a Gin and Rum project.
Regrettably the push to reach the £50,000 sought failed to reach the target.
The staff and owners are all thanked for the enjoyable beers they produced and best wishes for the future.
Below is the statement put out by Itchen Valley Brewery:
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but with a heavy heart we must announce that by the end of the month (December) we will be closing Itchen Valley Brewery.
The pandemic has affected each and every one of us in lots of different ways. The brewery has been no exception and has not been eligible for the levels of financial support many others had received during the past year-and-a-half and therefore it is no longer viable to keep going.
But we’re going out in style. All full cases of our bottled beer are 50% off, that’s right, 50% off so you can be enjoying a 12 pack of our beer for as little as £15!
We’ll also be selling off our ciders, gins, and whiskeys. So come on in, grab a bargain and help us drown our sorrows! It would be rude not to stock up for Christmas after all! We’ve got plenty of Valley Pride and Hampshire Rose in the cellar so fear not if you want some fresh draught beer to takeaway.
Thinking ahead to Christmas, get your sedimented 18- or 36-pints beer in a box orders in ASAP, they last 3-4 weeks if you keep them at 13 degrees or less.
Alresford it has been a blast, I’ve enjoyed serving you and hope to see as many of you as possible before we go. We’ll be here until the beer has gone but at £15 a case, I’m not expecting it to be here for long. One favour, please like and share this post so it reaches as many people as possible.
Thank you,Team IVB