The Beer Garage
Laura Butler has a clear mission – to educate Northamptonshire in the finer ways of craft beer. Campaign HQ is the garage attached to her house in Wootton, which she has filled with ammunition: an ever-changing selection of around 70 bottles and cans of the best craft beers she can source.
Laura believes in great beer and is passionate about introducing people to the vast array of styles and flavours that are available from the smaller brewers. She makes this easy – you can either select your own from the extensive list or she will supply ready-mixed cases. Creatively curated selections such as ‘Up North vs Down South’ or ‘The Local Lads’ offer an interesting selection of beers, from old favourites to new kids on the block.
The Beer Garage embraces the more experimental side of craft brewing and offers a tempting range of specialities such as the Cloudwater/Against the Grain collaborative brew ‘Make Apple Pie Great Again’ (which tastes exactly as the name suggests) and Smoke ‘n’ Barrels, a beer made with malt smoked over cherry wood, rosemary and thyme.
If you are paralysed by choice, join the Beer Club, which delivers six or 12 bottles every month. You never get the same beer twice, and there is no minimum commitment. It’s not one of their promises, but we are confident you would never get a dull beer.
Order online or buy at shows around their Northampton HQ. Laura and her husband make all the deliveries, so the delivery range is limited but they do everything they can to get beer to their customers at minimal cost. Delivery is free within five miles of Junction 15 of the M1 or Northampton town centre. There are also some drop off points around Milton Keynes station, or you can collect your pre-ordered beer from Magee Street Bakery in Northampton.
The extensive range, careful choices, passion and personal customer service make the Beer Garage worth seeking out. And if you don’t live in Northampton, you may want to make your way to Junction 15 of the M1.
By Anna Forgaard, regional editor
A free beer glass with your first order. Please mention that you’re a Great Food Club member when ordering