Phipps brewery

Real ale innovators return to Northampton Enterprise Zone

Posted on 28 February 2014 · Posted in News

After a forty year hiatus, brewing has resumed at Northampton’s Albion Brewery, located at the heart of the town’s Enterprise Zone.

The historic building is once again home to Phipps NBC, a brewing company first established over two hundred years ago by Pickering Phipps.

The company, previously located in Oakham, Rutland, will employ twenty people and bring a much-loved Northampton brand back to the town.

Brewery manager Mel Tudno-Jones, pictured right, welcomed the move. “It’s been our ambition for some time to bring the brewing of this beer back to Northampton.

“The fact that Phipps was previously brewed in here clearly gives it massive appeal but underlying all that is the knowledge that this building has a fascinating past.

“It’s almost as though it’s revealing its heritage to us rather than us having to uncover it, as if there’s a spirit of the old brewery waiting to come back.”

Phipps NBC is the latest of several iconic brands associated with Northampton to take advantage of the Enterprise Zone’s benefits. Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “It is fantastic to see Phipps return to Northampton and we have done what we can to help make that happen.

“Business is booming here. We have Church’s Shoes looking to expand, Cosworth opening a new centre of motoring excellence and this gives us a traditional Northampton beer to toast it all with.”