This week we are celebrating one of our branch’s finest breweries – Pope’s Yard.

At the helm since Pope’s Yard launch in 2012 are Geoff and Barbara, a dynamic duo that between them master brewing, marketing, deliveries, events and so much more.

Geoff tapping some barrel-aged beer

With a much celebrated core range including CAMRAs ‘Hertfordshire Beer of the Year’ (Club Hammer Stout – 2016), Geoff and Barbara also churn out some impressively unique and dynamic beer styles. Brews have included a Lapsang Souchong Porter, Spruce Tip Beer and a revived recipe for Ancient Egyptian Ale!

Ancient recipes feel almost natural at the Pope’s Yard brewhouse, based in the historic site of Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley, Hemel Hempstead. Still home to the world’s first mechanised paper machine, Fromore Paper Mill appears on records as far back as 1086!

Frogmore Paper MIll

To experience the heritage of the mill why not visit Pope’s Yard for one of their renowned ‘Pop-up Bar‘ events? Ale flows freely in the courtyard, a picturesque aesthetic completed by the tranquil stream of the River Gade that runs alongside.

Wherever you enjoy their beer, be sure to raise a glass to the skill of Geoff and Barbara, and to the wonderful ales of Pope’s Yard Brewery!



A bottle or two of the Hibiscus Sour. If you’re more of a traditional drinker; a pint of the ‘Quartermaster’ bitter.


Frogmore Paper Mill (pop-up events only), the White Lion pub (Apsley), Monks Inn micropub (Hemel Hempstead town centre), Coffee & Wine (Boxmoor village), Dalling & Co deli (Kings Langley), Cellar Door Wines (St. Albans), Beer Shop (St Albans), Beer Shop (Hitchin), Creative Juices taproom (Rickmansworth), Wishful Drinking (Rickmansworth), St. Albans Beer Festival, popesyard.co.uk

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