Towcester Mill Brewery welcomes the return of Rubio for the month of April, a beer brewed in time for the Grand National on Saturday 8 April 2017.
A chestnut brown ale, it was created to celebrate the achievement of Rubio, the American bred chestnut brown horse with a fascinating connection with Towcester, who won the Grand National on 27 March, 1908.
“The tale of Rubio is an extraordinary one,” explained Brewery director, John Evans. “It started in California where Rubio was bred and then bought by a Northamptonshire farmer in 1899. His first year racing was a successful one until tragedy struck and he was removed from training. However, in order to get the horse sound again he was sent to the landlord of the Pomfret Arms Hotel in Towcester (now the Saracen’s Head) to ferry guests between the station and the hotel. It did the trick as he was back in training by 1906 and won once at Towcester in 1907. He then went on to win the Grand National in 1908!”
Rubio is available in the tap room at Towcester Mill Brewery now and throughout April – perfect timing for the Grand National on 8 April and for the horse racing fixture at Towcester Racecourse on 13 April 2017.