Phipps Northampton Brewery Company is the oldest and best known name in the local brewing world. Founded in Towcester in 1801, it opened its second and larger brewery in Northampton in 1817. For nearly 175 years the company produced a distinctive range of cask ales headed by the legendary Phipps IPA. After a hostile take over by keg beer kings Watney-Mann, the Northampton Bridge Street Brewery was closed and the site handed over to Carlsberg who brew there to this day. Phipps continued in the form of a regional pub chain, buying in beers from outside the county. In 2004 local management seized the opportunity to take over the brand and turn the company into an independent brewer once more. With the help of a gallant band of old Phipps Bridge Street Brewers and a return to the board of the founding Phipps family, Phipps IPA was put back on the area's bars from 2008. Since then many more iconic and much loved Phipps brews have appeared along with a growing range of new contemporary beeers. In 2014 the business mobed production back to the last surviving part of th eold Phipps brewery complex, the 1884 Albion Brewery in the heart of the old town. Today the building is also home to the Albion Brewery Bar, a popular destination for locals and brewery history enthusiasts alike. After reviving the company's brewing range, attention was turned to Gin production, something Phipps had abandoned as long ago as 1940. Today the wide variety of Phipps gins, distilled in the Albion Brewery, carry the company 's name even farther afield than the beers.
The Albion Brewery, 54 Kingswell Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1PR