A family-run brewery which only set up business last year has been named as the winner of an online search to find Northamptonshire’s favourite locally-brewed ale.
Hart No 1, produced by Wellingborough based Hart Family Brewers, won the poll conducted by Northampton bar Behind The Bus Stop, earning almost 40 per cent of the vote.
More than 300 people voted in the poll, carried on social networking site Facebook, with Hart No 1 earning 128 votes, 70 more than nearest rival Wot’s Occurring, produced by the Great Oakley Brewery.
Paul Tyrrell, landlord of Behind The Bus Stop, said: “We were delighted at the response and it just proves there’s a real interest in local produce and real ale.
“Hart No 1 is a cracking pint and has really put the brewery on the map. We’re delighted to now be stocking it and we hope to showcase it to a wider audience.
“There’s some tremendous local beers out there and we want to provide as wide a selection as we can to allow people to taste the great pints being produced on their doorstep.”
Since launching last May, Hart has produced four regular cask ales plus a premium bottled India Pale Ale and now brew around 5,000 pints a week.
Brewer Rob Hart said: “We were thrilled to bits to win this. We saw Behind The Bus Stop on Twitter and immediately loved the look and feel of it.
“A lot of brewers haven’t engaged with social media but we saw it as an essential tool when we set up so when this poll was launched we went hell for leather and mobilised our online army of likers and followers.
“To get around 40 per cent of the vote is fantastic and we’re really pleased to now be stocked at Behind The Bus Stop.