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Beer sellers: Westholme Store, Goring-on-Thames

First published in Beers of the World June 2009

Westholme Stores, Goring-on-Thames — not your average local Londis.

Beer writing is full of unexpected pleasures – such as finding oneself in a pretty English village interviewing the owner of one of the best-stocked beer retailers in the region over a plate of homemade Gujarati […]

Appleford Power Station

Beer sellers: Westholme Store

ABV: 4.2% Origin: Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England Website:

Appleford Brewery Co

Based on a farm in rural Oxfordshire at Brightwell-cum-Sotwell near Wallingford, Appleford was founded in 2006 by Andrew Torrance, formerly an accountant at the Morland brewery which was bought and closed by Greene King. Beers tend to be sold […]

Hambleton Nightmare Stout

Beer sellers: Westholme Store

ABV: 5% Origin: Melmerby, North Yorkshire, England Website:

Hambleton Nightmare Stout

Nick Stafford’s Hambleton brewery is one of the most technically accomplished of British micros — and its founder is one of the more prominent characters on the beer scene. As commercial director of small brewers’ organisation SIBA, among […]

Hepworth Ridgeway Oxfordshire Blue

Beer sellers: Westholme Store

ABV: 5% Origin: Horsham, West Sussex, England

Hepworth Ridgeway Oxfordshire Blue

Ridgeway, based at South Stoke just south of Wallingford in Oxfordshire, is a beer firm set up by former Brakspear brewer Peter Scholey when that historic company pulled out of brewing. The brand name references the prehistoric trackway, […]

West Berkshire Dr Hexter’s Healer

Beer sellers: Westholme Store

ABV: 5% Origin: Yattendon, West Berkshire, England Website:

West Berkshire Dr Hexter's Healer

From the image on the label, you might guess that Dr Hexter was some eccentric Victorian quack, but he turns out to be a more contemporary local character — the landlord of a pub in Wantage […]

Thornbridge Jaipur and Saint Petersburg

First published in BEER October 2006 as part of a page marking the publication of the latest Good Bottled Beer Guide. For more beers featured on this page, see previous post.

Jaipur was also featured in BEER August 2008 as part of a piece about beers for summer outdoor drinking and in the Beer Sellers […]