Mechanical engineering graduate, ex-F1 engineer, founder and head brewer at Bicester’s The Wriggly Monkey Brewery, Luke Roberts, is obsessed with classic cars.
“We have special Beers called our ‘Sanction Series’. They are generally released on a Wednesday and sell out within hours”
Two years ago, he spotted a gap in the market for a brewery targeting the motoring world and The Wriggly Monkey Brewery was born.
Located at Bicester Heritage, regarded as a national hub of motoring excellence, The Wriggly Monkey Brewery takes inspiration from the worlds of engineering and motoring, combining traditional real ales and low alcohol brews with flair and a mischievous approach. Think the stiff-upper-lip of Winston Churchill mixed with the craic of James Hunt.
Luke says: “We have five permanent beers – Full Tilt Amber Ale which is a Great Taste Award 2019 winner, Super Sports Very Pale Ale, Ambassador India Pale Ale, Charabanc Ruby Ale and Gullwing Lager.
“We also have specials that come and go and are called our ‘Sanction Series’. They are generally released on a Wednesday and sell out within hours.
The brewery name was inspired by a Frazer Nash, a British sports car of the 1930s. A wriggly monkey is a very important part of the car.
Bicester Heritage, a 348-acre former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station accommodates over 30 specialist motorsport businesses, so is the perfect location for the brewery.
Luke usually spends his summers at motoring events in the brewery’s specially adapted Armstrong Siddeley Racing Bar.
The Brewery Tap Room is also usually open to the public with Food Truck Friday on the second and last Friday of every month, when a tasty food truck feeds hungry customers.
Although closed during lockdown, orders have still been coming in thick and fast.
Luke said: “It has been incredibly heart-warming to see our website come alive over the past few weeks and to see many of our Tap Room regulars become website regulars as we drop by their doorsteps each week.
For Father’s Day 2020 The Wriggly Monkey Brewery has come up with Luke’s dream present – a starter pack of their most popular beers, a big chunk of Chiltern Artisan biltong and a custom handmade-in-Britain limited edition Wriggly Monkey Brewery bottle opener. And we have one to giveaway in our special competition!
This really is a Father’s Day gift for petrol heads and beer lovers. The gift box will come with a Wriggly Monkey Brewery Father’s Day postcard, which can be personalised with your message. It contains:
x1 Bottle of Full Tilt (500ml)
x1 Bottle of Super Sports (500ml)
x1 Bottle of Gullwing (500ml)
200g Chiltern Artisan unsliced plain biltong
x1 Limited Edition Wriggly Monkey Brewery stainless steel bottle opener handmade in Britain.
You can also add extra beers and a Wriggly Monkey Brewery t-shirt to make it extra special.
Luke added: “We are limiting sales to 75 boxes and the box is available by pre-order only. Sales will close this Sunday June 14, to allow us and our suppliers time to package and fulfil the orders. All orders will arrive on Friday June 19.”
Sales may be limited but Luke and his team have given us a Father’s Day Gift Box to give away in our special competition. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is like, share and tag your friends on our relevant social media posts. The winner must live in Oxfordshire and will be picked at random on Thursday June 18 for the prize to arrive on Friday June 19. Usual terms and conditions apply. You must be 18 years old to enter. https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/ox-in-a-box-competition-terms-and-conditions/